In summary, the ordinance will ban large-scale industrial wind turbines in the county, except in already designated industrial zones. The ordinance will allow mid to small scale turbines for accessory use at a principal site, not for the purpose of sending the energy across electric transmission lines.
Articles filed under Zoning/Planning from Kentucky
City commissioners fell in line with county officials and members of the Mason County Joint Planning Commission when they took the first vote Thursday to ban large scale industrial wind turbines, except in rural industrial zones.
The 26-page ordinance is based upon the facts and findings of the Mason County Joint Planning Commission at an August 2014 meeting. The recommendations were the culmination of months of discussion, public meetings and a trip to an Indiana wind farm by JPC board members. In summary, the ordinance will ban large-scale industrial wind turbines in the county, except in already designated industrial zones.
Board members agreed upon restrictions on large industrial wind turbines to include: turbines could only be located in areas of the county zoned rural industrial (I3); set back distances would be one mile, 5,280 feet, from property lines; property owners who sign agreements with wind energy companies would receive no waiver on the set back limitation; and sound levels would be restricted to 30 decibels or less.
An ordinance aimed at tighter control over construction of such structures as wind turbines was given final approval Tuesday by county officials.
Louisville-area family business is considering the Riverport industrial complex for a proposed $75 million ethanol plant that could produce 50 million gallons of the gasoline supplement a year. For the People LLC, of Corydon, Ind., unveiled the proposed design Tuesday night to Riverport tenants and some of its potential residential neighbors near the site at 8300 Cane Run Road. The meeting was part of the requirements for obtaining planning and zoning approval for the project. The plant would use 60-foot wind turbines, solar panels and a geothermal system to limit outside energy demands. The company projects 60 full-time jobs with an annual payroll of $2 million.