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Town of Holland wind energy conversion system (WECS) ordinance

The township of Holland in northeastern Wisconsin recently drafted an ordinance to protect the health and safety of its residents from Invenergy LLC's proposed plan to build industrial wind turbines within 1000 ft. of residences. After extensive study and review of wind turbines and their effects on people, wildlife, farm animals, and land, the town wind study committee, planning commission, and town board unanimously approved increasing the set-back to 2640ft(1/2 mile) from occupied structures and limiting noise to a maximum of 35 decibels. A summary of the ordinance is below. The full ordinance can be accessed by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of the page.

Summary of ordinance:

(1) No WECS greater than 110 feet in height shall be constructed, operated, or maintained in the Town of Holland without a license issued by the Town of Holland Town Board. Each application for a license to erect a WECS greater than 110 feet in height shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Town Plan Commission and the Town Board before issuing a license. The license fee for each WECS greater than 110 feet in height shall be calculated at the rate of $2,500.00 per wind turbine proposed in each WECS.

(2) No WECS of 110 feet or less in height, and less than 100 kilowatts shall be constructed, operated, or maintained in the Town of Holland without a conditional use permit issued by the Town of Holland Plan commission. Each application for a license to erect a WECS of 110 feet or less in height and less than 100 kilowatts, shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Town Plan Commission and the Town Board before issuing a conditional use permit. The conditional use permit fee for each WECS of 110 feet or less in height and less than 100 kilowatts shall be calculated at the rate of $100.00 per wind turbine proposed in each WECS.

(3) The Town of Holland has established standards for purposes of licensing and issuance of conditional use permits applicable to a WECS. These standards are to be used as guidelines for determining whether or not each proposed WECS satisfies reasonable conditions or restrictions, to the extent allowed by the state law, taking into account the health, safety, and general welfare of the public, prior to issuing such licenses or permits. Each applicant shall present arguments and information why the Standards, Guidelines and Rules should or should not apply for the purposes of health, safety, or general welfare of the Town and the immediate locality where the WECS is proposed to be erected.

(4) This ordinance repeals and replaces Article XXII Ordinance #2-2008 of the Town of Holland, Brown County, Wisconsin, Zoning Ordinance relating to regulations of large and small wind energy facilities.

(5) This ordinance shall take effect upon passage and posting or publication as provided by law.

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Hollandwind Energy Ordinance Draft Final

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Source: http://www.holland-wi.us/li...

MAY 1 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/26259-town-of-holland-wind-energy-conversion-system-wecs-ordinance
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