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Victor adopts wind turbine moratorium

Potential wind farmers will have to wait at least until January before building turbines to harness the breeze. On Monday night, the Victor Town Board adopted a six-month moratorium on wind turbine development while a committee devises a code to regulate the turbines. All board members voted for the measure except for Peter Hessney, who was absent.

Victor, N.Y. - Potential wind farmers will have to wait at least until January before building turbines to harness the breeze.

On Monday night, the Victor Town Board adopted a six-month moratorium on wind turbine development while a committee devises a code to regulate the turbines.

All board members voted for the measure except for Peter Hessney, who was absent.

At a public hearing before the vote, only one resident, Jerry Collier of Rawson Road, addressed the board, expressing his interest in building a wind turbine on his property.

"I'm kind of thinking that it gets pretty windy on my hill, and I might want to do something," Collier said.

Supervisor Jack Marren said he expects to have a code in place before six months pass, but they wanted to give the drafters and relevant committees enough time to make sure all of their questions are answered.

Last month, Planning Board member Joe Logan presented a draft of wind turbine codes designed to allow the machinery for private use but barring any large-scale operations.

In its current draft form, the codes would restrict the height of turbines to 200 feet, require owners to submit a decommission plan for projects costing... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Victor, N.Y. - Potential wind farmers will have to wait at least until January before building turbines to harness the breeze.

On Monday night, the Victor Town Board adopted a six-month moratorium on wind turbine development while a committee devises a code to regulate the turbines.

All board members voted for the measure except for Peter Hessney, who was absent.

At a public hearing before the vote, only one resident, Jerry Collier of Rawson Road, addressed the board, expressing his interest in building a wind turbine on his property.

"I'm kind of thinking that it gets pretty windy on my hill, and I might want to do something," Collier said.

Supervisor Jack Marren said he expects to have a code in place before six months pass, but they wanted to give the drafters and relevant committees enough time to make sure all of their questions are answered.

Last month, Planning Board member Joe Logan presented a draft of wind turbine codes designed to allow the machinery for private use but barring any large-scale operations.

In its current draft form, the codes would restrict the height of turbines to 200 feet, require owners to submit a decommission plan for projects costing more than $250,000, and limit the decibel level of the turbines.

The town's wind power committee began looking into a wind turbine code in May 2007 and started fine-tuning possible regulations earlier this year, with the help of LaBella Associates.

The effort was spurred in part because of subsidies provided by the state for individuals looking to install turbines as well as the construction of a single, private-use turbine at a home on Brace Road in East Bloomfield.

Marren said the Town Board will hold an informational workshop about the proposed code in August or September and copies of the draft will be available at the Victor Town Hall.


Source: http://www.mpnnow.com/news/...

JUL 14 2009
https://www.windaction.org/posts/21188-victor-adopts-wind-turbine-moratorium
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