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Council discusses wind turbine rule

The city council wants to limit taller wind turbines to east of Blue Star Highway, as part of a proposed new city wind energy ordinance. The council reviewed the draft ordinance that was recommended by city planners. City Manager Brian Dissette said the council's suggestions will be forwarded to the planning commission for further discussion.

Current draft would limit windmills to 200 feet outside residential areas, but some officials oppose taller structures west of Blue Star

SOUTH HAVEN - The city council wants to limit taller wind turbines to east of Blue Star Highway, as part of a proposed new city wind energy ordinance.

The council reviewed the draft ordinance that was recommended by city planners.

City Manager Brian Dissette said the council's suggestions will be forwarded to the planning commission for further discussion.

Currently, a wind turbine up to 75 feet tall is allowed anywhere in the city, without a special use permit.

The proposed ordinance would require a special use permit for the turbines, and would limit their height to 40 feet in residential areas and 200 feet high in other areas.

But council members Monday night said they wanted to further limit the area where the taller turbines would be allowed, to only east of Blue Star Highway.

That was suggested by the Ward 1 council members, who said they had received many comments from residents opposed to taller turbines in the Stieve Drive industrial area.

Mayor Bob Burr also said he would like the city to allow for commercial buildings, such as... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Current draft would limit windmills to 200 feet outside residential areas, but some officials oppose taller structures west of Blue Star

SOUTH HAVEN - The city council wants to limit taller wind turbines to east of Blue Star Highway, as part of a proposed new city wind energy ordinance.

The council reviewed the draft ordinance that was recommended by city planners.

City Manager Brian Dissette said the council's suggestions will be forwarded to the planning commission for further discussion.

Currently, a wind turbine up to 75 feet tall is allowed anywhere in the city, without a special use permit.

The proposed ordinance would require a special use permit for the turbines, and would limit their height to 40 feet in residential areas and 200 feet high in other areas.

But council members Monday night said they wanted to further limit the area where the taller turbines would be allowed, to only east of Blue Star Highway.

That was suggested by the Ward 1 council members, who said they had received many comments from residents opposed to taller turbines in the Stieve Drive industrial area.

Mayor Bob Burr also said he would like the city to allow for commercial buildings, such as Walmart and Menard's, to erect rooftop turbines.

In other matters, the council voted to approve special event permits for two events to be held at the city's Huron Street pavilion this summer.

The first permit approved was for the Fun Dance Fridays slated for the five Friday nights in July.

The other permit is for a series called Artists' Market, in the pavilion from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays June 20 through Aug. 29.

Ed Morse was appointed to fill a vacant five-year term on the city's Construction Board of Appeals.

Resident John Davis urged the council to reconsider its current policy of not allowing citizens to talk on non-agenda items until near the end of the meetings.

Davis also complained about the city's handling of a recent matter before the Construction Board of Appeals, and how the city zoning administrator had treated him.


Source: http://www.heraldpalladium....

MAY 9 2010
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