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With at least one business interested in Whitley County for development of a wind energy system and a business in the commercial side of the industry located in Whitley County, local officials are trudging through a 17-page ordinance on regulation of wind farms.
The big debate is over the set-back distance. The current draft of the ordinance says a turbine must be 1500 ft. from a residence. Carolyn Stanger says the set-back should be further and be measured by the property line, not the residence.
Eastern superintendent Tracy Caddell indicated filing for the variance doesn’t change anything. “As stated ... the school corporation will abandon the project if the opposition obtains enough signatures to trigger the petition-remonstrance process,” Caddell said. “The filing of the variance is a non-issue.”
Nearly a hundred people attended the meeting, and no one raised their hand when asked who favored the current ordinance. About a dozen people spoke out, and many people brought binders of research and handouts. DeKalb County residents are against the ordinance and said it needs to be more restrictive. Their biggest issue is the regulation on "setback" distance from a property.
Residents who oppose wind energy projects had previously argued against any extension beyond the 12 months previously granted by county zoning rules. But the new 18-month window is much closer to what those land owners wanted, compared to the three-year window originally requested by Invenergy.
Whitley County Commissioners are still working on drafting an ordinance for wind turbines. Wind Capital Group hopes the county will house the turbines, but not everyone's convinced it's a good idea.
Typical wind energy ordinances include provisions for creating setbacks of 1,000 feet from residential dwellings. Mynhier and Long said that's not far enough - they would prefer setbacks of 4,500 feet to a mile - and evidence suggests that wind turbines can reduce the value of neighboring properties by 20 to 40 percent.
We hoped and expected that these individuals [county commissioners] could find a middle ground for our community, to keep peace which is required in continuing the social contract. Instead, we have found, they are unwilling to listen to professional advice on the placements of these wind turbine towers and the sound that will flood neighboring abutters.
Approximately 20 people attended the meeting, and most were opposed to altering the special exception one-year requirement.
A final review could come Monday for Tippecanoe County's rules governing wind energy systems that are expected to sprout here in the next few years. Proposed changes to the county ordinance have sat on the back burner since early December, when some residents raised concern about raising noise limits for the systems.
The irritation Whitley County residents voiced over the late disclosure of the interest the plan commission president had in a potential wind farm is justified. But it should not deter county officials from adopting a needed ordinance regulating wind-energy projects throughout the county.
About 200 people packed a meeting room at the Whitley County Government Center in downtown Columbia City. However, the room was so full, some attendees had to watch and strain their ears to hear from the hallway. Most of the residents at the meeting were against the proposal.
Concerned residents of Whitley County faced the county's plan commission Wednesday night with questions and strong comments about the possibility of wind-harnessing machines popping up throughout the county. The result of the several hour-long meeting was the commission decided to take another month to look at the issue.
After hearing residents' points of view on the matter, the plan commission agreed to further consider the matter and voted to table the issue until their next meeting where they will discuss it further. Ultimately, the matter would end up in the hands of Whitley County Commissioners to consider.
Attorney Les Shively, representing objecting neighbors, said the court did not address a portion of Meier's decision holding David Johnson to a limit of 40 feet for the wind turbine, effectively addressing the neighbors' concern. But he said the homeowners would likely ask the appeals court for a rehearing.
After months of wrangling, the county commissioners unanimously approved ordinance changes that will require turbines be placed at least 750 feet away from the property line and 1,200 feet from a dwelling ...residents who've spent the most time and energy fighting wind farm developments said Monday that they "reluctantly support" changes to the setback requirements.
Commissioner David Byers said the county is trying to make people on both sides of the fence happy. And after talking to residents at the county fair last week, Byers said people seem generally accepting of the compromise.
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It was standing room only at a meeting that rarely draws a crowd. The Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission approved a wind energy ordinance has both landowners and turbine companies concerned.
Two wind-farm proposals in western Boone County have been on hold for several months as county officials refuse to take the lead in either direction. Wind-farm developers Gestamp Wind North America and enXco have been offering some county landowners big money to lease land for the large wind turbines -- reportedly up to $14,000 per 400-foot turbine annually.
When it comes to the future impact of large wind systems, Marshall County planners are considering plenty. Ordinance amendments regulating wind farms in the county were sent back to the planning commission for more revisions after Dennis Thornton requested local control of tower height restrictions surrounding properly-approved private airstrips.