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Public to comment on Hanover wind turbines

If wind turbines are ever proposed for Hanover Township, the board of commissioners wants to be ready. The board is holding a hearing on Feb. 17 to seek public comment on adding to its zoning ordinance of a provision to allow turbines in certain areas as a conditional use. After the public comments at the special meeting, the board could vote on the issue.

Hanover Twp. to consider their installation in certain areas as a conditional use.

If wind turbines are ever proposed for Hanover Township, the board of commissioners wants to be ready.

The board is holding a hearing on Feb. 17 to seek public comment on adding to its zoning ordinance of a provision to allow turbines in certain areas as a conditional use. After the public comments at the special meeting, the board could vote on the issue.

Board members have discussed the issue before, township manager John Sipper said, and the proposal came after "a concern about future developments to make sure the township is protected."

The ordinance would require anyone looking to install turbines to file for a conditional use, which would regulate setback distances, safety regulations and adherence to any requirements set by other authorities, such as the Federal Aviation Administration, according to township solicitor Robert Davison.

It's closely based on a model ordinance created a few years ago for municipalities in the state. "It's more or less a standard ordinance ... to have some control over what and where it's coming in," Davison said. "It would limit where in the township... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Hanover Twp. to consider their installation in certain areas as a conditional use.

If wind turbines are ever proposed for Hanover Township, the board of commissioners wants to be ready.

The board is holding a hearing on Feb. 17 to seek public comment on adding to its zoning ordinance of a provision to allow turbines in certain areas as a conditional use. After the public comments at the special meeting, the board could vote on the issue.

Board members have discussed the issue before, township manager John Sipper said, and the proposal came after "a concern about future developments to make sure the township is protected."

The ordinance would require anyone looking to install turbines to file for a conditional use, which would regulate setback distances, safety regulations and adherence to any requirements set by other authorities, such as the Federal Aviation Administration, according to township solicitor Robert Davison.

It's closely based on a model ordinance created a few years ago for municipalities in the state. "It's more or less a standard ordinance ... to have some control over what and where it's coming in," Davison said. "It would limit where in the township it could actually go up."

The plan, he said, is to accommodate the new form of energy production while maintaining the character of the township. The turbines would be allowed only in areas zoned commercial, industrial or mining, he said.

The issue has been discussed the past two years thanks to local interest in turbine farms in Bear Creek and Noxen townships, he said, noting that it could be significant because the township's borders go up to where Interstate 81 cuts through Penobscot Mountain, which could have attractive wind speeds.

The proposed ordinance is available for public view at the township office Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The special meeting will also address establishing and incorporating the Hanover Township Sewer Authority.


Source: http://www.timesleader.com/...

JAN 18 2010
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