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After a six-month moratorium and a canceled meeting last week, Riga Township residents -- and other interested groups -- are expected to receive the final verdict they've been awaiting regarding the 200 wind turbines proposed for the area.
After relatively little public comment, the nine-member Huron County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the Pheasant Run Wind Energy Overlay District Wednesday evening during a special meeting and public hearing.
Ogden Township officials voted 5-0 to prohibit wind turbine construction in the township for six months while a citizen committee explores all aspects of bringing in such an alternative energy network.
A setback regulates how far a structure or piece of equipment, such as a wind turbine, should be placed from a property line. The setback helps guarantee neighbors will have a minimum buffer between them and the structure in question.
A public hearing will be held late next month regarding a new wind district to facilitate Pheasant Run, a possible wind farm on the southwest side of the county, following action by the Huron County Planning Commission Wednesday. Pheasant Run is one of two projects that RES Americas submitted requests for new wind districts in September 2010.
Just days after the Fairfield Township Board approved a one-year moratorium on siting of wind turbines in the township, the Zoning Board of Appeals ordered Orisol Energy US Inc. to take down a 262-foot tall meteorological tower the company had erected. Both votes were unanimous.
Monday's arctic air didn't quell heated rhetoric as the Saugatuck Township Planning Commission again mulled and tabled establishing windmill standards. "Our question is, ‘Will the township establish procedures regarding sites, setbacks, noise, vibrations, quantity and more or have standards set for us?'" Citizen Vicki Lepior didn't buy it. "They want to put one of these turbines in my back yard," she said. "They are noisy, dangerous and an eyesore."
On Jan. 1, a new Wisconsin state law took effect that wind energy advocates call an important step - and even a national model - for alleviating the chaotic and shifting patchwork of municipal and county siting regulations that can create great uncertainty and moving goalposts for wind developers.
One of the reasons the board took no action was because three of its five members have entered into property easement agreements with Consumers, allowing the company to use their land for the project.
Roof-mounted turbines that don't exceed 10 feet in height and only create energy for on-site uses will be allowed throughout Berkley, including single-family residential areas, following an administrative review and approval for building and electrical permits. However, locations will be limited for other kinds of wind energy systems.
Harbor Springs-based Lake Effect Energy Corporation is seeking to install a 120-foot, 20 kilowatt turbine point-of-use energy generator ...However, as it is outlined in the plans submitted to Emmet County, the wind turbine would exceed the 35 decibel sound restriction on wind energy systems.
Harbor Springs-based Lake Effect Energy Corporation, a wind energy producer, launched the website www.emmetcountymichigan.com Thursday in an attempt to generate public support and pressure on the Emmet County Planning Commission who has been debating the 35 decibel sound restriction.
A citizens group in Benzie County is asking for a moratorium on commercial wind turbines. Officials in Blaine Township will take up the request tomorrow night. ...A six-month moratorium will give officials time to put more specific protections in place.
A proposed ordinance to ban commercial wind-energy development in Volinia Township in northeastern Cass County could be adopted by the township board on Dec. 13. ...Johnson said the planning commission based its decision, in part, on a survey of property owners ...Respondents indicated wind mills would destroy the rustic beauty of the area and produce noise and unwanted light, she said.
Mary Nichols, whose District 7 seat includes Summit, Riverton and Eden townships, said Thursday at the Mason County Planning and Drains Committee meeting that many of her constituents don't know what Consumers Energy is planning near their homes.
Now the two wind districts have been approved, additional approval will be needed, as the creation of a wind district is just the first step in the lengthy process of creating a wind development, and additional approval is needed in order for a development to be constructed.
Any company interested in installing a wind turbine must get the property's owner to lease the land. County leaders say Heritage Wind Energy is worried the proposed ordinance puts them at the mercy of homeowners.
BAD AXE - Huron County officials earlier this week reported there's been some confusion regarding two Nov. 2 county ballot proposals that ask voters to confirm the creation of two new wind districts.
Centerville Township, located in Leelanau County Michigan adopted this commerical wind energy zoning ordinance on August 18. 2010. The ordinance provides detailed standards for siting wind turbines to ensure the public is appropriately protected. Portions of the ordinance appeear below. The full ordinance can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
“We need a moratorium of at least 12 months to allow the time necessary to study the issue further,” he said, “and I would also recommend that a seven-resident panel be formed to tie our citizens in with the process.” Martis’ research into what other communities have done in response to wind farm development proposals had led him to a study conducted by another commission.