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Group weighing extended setbacks

The Wind Energy Committee proposed on Wednesday increasing setbacks for existing structures, but allowing residents to build within 600 feet of a turbine. "If the tower is 600 feet from the property line and you have to be 1,200 feet away from an off-site residence, you just stopped me from being able to do anything on that part of my land," wind committee member L. Kay Davis said. "It gives people a chance to use their land more."

MORRISTOWN WIND: Panel suggests letting people build within 600 feet of a turbine

MORRISTOWN - The Wind Energy Committee proposed on Wednesday increasing setbacks for existing structures, but allowing residents to build within 600 feet of a turbine.

"If the tower is 600 feet from the property line and you have to be 1,200 feet away from an off-site residence, you just stopped me from being able to do anything on that part of my land," wind committee member L. Kay Davis said. "It gives people a chance to use their land more."

The committee suggested doubling setbacks from the nearest property line, public road, wind district boundary, wetland or body of water from 250 feet to 500 feet, and increasing the buffer zones for homes or any existing above-ground utility from 1,000 to 1,200 feet.

The committee also suggested "no-build zones" for homes, campers or other residential structures within 600 feet of a 400-foot tower.

"You can still put a barn there if you want; we're just worried about people's sleep," Mrs. Davis said. "If you choose to be 1,200 feet away, that's fine, but (a house) can never be closer than the regular setback."

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MORRISTOWN WIND: Panel suggests letting people build within 600 feet of a turbine

MORRISTOWN - The Wind Energy Committee proposed on Wednesday increasing setbacks for existing structures, but allowing residents to build within 600 feet of a turbine.

"If the tower is 600 feet from the property line and you have to be 1,200 feet away from an off-site residence, you just stopped me from being able to do anything on that part of my land," wind committee member L. Kay Davis said. "It gives people a chance to use their land more."

The committee suggested doubling setbacks from the nearest property line, public road, wind district boundary, wetland or body of water from 250 feet to 500 feet, and increasing the buffer zones for homes or any existing above-ground utility from 1,000 to 1,200 feet.

The committee also suggested "no-build zones" for homes, campers or other residential structures within 600 feet of a 400-foot tower.

"You can still put a barn there if you want; we're just worried about people's sleep," Mrs. Davis said. "If you choose to be 1,200 feet away, that's fine, but (a house) can never be closer than the regular setback."

The changes were based on suggestions made last month from the public and town officials as the committee reviewed an earlier draft of the law.

"Dropping the setback back to the 500 feet gives us a little bit more of a visual buffer," Mrs. Davis said, adding that the suggested changes would put a 400 foot turbine 1,600 feet away from Black Lake. "This also gets us farther away from our migratory birds."

The board also suggested creating a half-acre plot at the base of the turbines as a separate taxing entity to protect property owners in case a wind developer defaults on taxes.

"The property owner will still own the land, but if the taxes aren't paid on the tower for some reason, the property owners would only be at risk for that half-acre," Mrs. Davis said.

Although no date has been set, the board plans to meet next month to continue revising the draft law.


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MAY 29 2009
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