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The changes to the wind project ordinance were brought to a special election after township residents filed a petition to have the changes put up for a vote with a referendum. Alan Jon Burrell, Reading Township supervisor said the special election will give everyone in Reading Township to weigh in on the wind farm ordinance.
Bengal Township has joined the list of local governments imposing stricter wind turbine ordinances than current Clinton County regulations. In a 5-0 vote during a special meeting Thursday night, the Bengal Township Board of Trustees joined Dallas and Essex townships in approving a more restrictive measure.
About 150 people filled the township hall for the reconsideration of the ordinance by board members who had declined, on a vote of two in favor and three against, to approve virtually the same ordinance two weeks earlier. The ordinance restricts wind turbines to a height that developers say is not feasible for their 40-tower project.
For four years, the developers of a $123 million, Clinton County wind-turbine farm have steered the project through opposition from some residents who learned their homes and property could be subject to the noise, ice throws, flickering shadows and financial impacts of 40 whirling towers each standing 427 feet tall.
Seneca Township voters will decide Aug. 7 whether to keep a wind energy ordinance unanimously approved by the township board of trustees in March. The ordinance prescribes rules for wind energy turbines such as how far the turbines would have to be set back from dwellings and what sound levels would be allowed.
A resolution to OK a wind energy overlay district for DTE Energy in Section 13 of McKinley Township could still gain approval of the Huron County Board of Commissioners. That's only if at least one of the three commissioners who voted against the district brings the resolution back to the table.
"Bob (Smith), we will not be entering into negotiations with you. T.L. (Bushey), Chandler Township is not interested in a 425 agreement with Lake (Township)," said Renn, which prompted applause from some audience members, and others to storm out of the room.
Lake Township Board Trustee Dale Hartsell said he thinks it would be best to take a second look at the zoning ordinance before agreeing to the land transfer. "I'd like to keep our land in Lake Township and try to work on the ordinance some more to see if we can come up with something everyone can agree on," he said.
A 4-25 agreement is not annexation, as it is only for an agreed, specified period, but would put that property under Chandler Township zoning, which has a wind energy development ordinance.
"I hope the Palmyra leadership will take a second look at the state-recommended model ordinance that is in effect in Riga which requires the consent of all the taxpayers in the township, instead of an ordinance like that rejected in Palmyra that effectively causes people to give up their future development rights to outside industrial wind developers."
Palmyra Township residents will vote Tuesday, May 8, on the proposed industrial wind turbine zoning ordinance passed by the township board in October.
The ruling makes way for the 56 turbines planned for Riveron and Summit townships in Consumers Energy's Lake Winds Energy Park to go up as planned. Site-prep work is going on now and turbines, at 476 feet tall, will be erected beginning late this spring.
A referendum asking residents to approve the adoption of the township's wind energy zoning ordinance was voted down 207-128 ...The ordinance was adopted by the township planning commission, but it did not go into effect because a petition was filed.
"They were overwhelmingly against placement of wind turbines in the community." One by one, residents stepped forward to share their concerns about windmills constructed near their homes and in their community.
The board of commissioners passed a resolution Oct. 11 asking the planning commission to review a number of issues pertaining to wind energy for the county's zoning ordinance. They included a prohibition of wind turbines in Lake Huron/Saginaw Bay and turbines within 3 miles of the shoreline.
With the approval in Riga Township of a wind turbine ordinance that wind power supporters say effectively bans turbines in the township, the wind energy debate now shifts to Ogden and Palmyra townships. In Ogden Township, which does not have zoning, the township board will be discussing a police powers ordinance to regulate turbines.
Carl Duda, who filed the notice of intent on Thursday, was one of those opposed to the new wind district. He has shared concerns with a group he is working with in efforts to get the referendum on ballot, he said.
Wednesday’s action was a change from earlier this month, when the board approved amendments that would have made the ordinance stricter than the one that had been drafted by its planning commission and endorsed by the Lenawee County Planning Commission. ...But on Wednesday, the board went back to the original language on two key points.
The Ogden Township board unanimously voted Tuesday to follow through with its citizens committee work on a police power ordinance for wind turbines, rather than hear a formal agreement proposal from the wind turbine developers.
Because Commissioner John Bodis was absent from Tuesday's meeting, Commissioner John Nugent proposed the board wait until its next regular meeting to vote on the resolution. He said this vote is too big to hold when all commissioners are not present.