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One of the citizens, Rhoda Obermeyer, asked what is the reason for the Met towers, and added that “we all know what is coming down the road,” suggesting it was wind turbines. Other concerns were about loss of property values, bird deaths, and crop spraying issues with wind turbines. The three CUPs concerning the Met towers were not the only conditional use permit to be considered by the commission.
A proposal to build a 100-tower wind farm in the southern portion of the county will be taken up by the county planning and zoning board April 25.
The tower would be in service for about three years, and be equipped with temperature and wind sensors to collect wind resource data for future similar projects in the area. It must meet requirements of the Martin County Renewable Energy Ordinance.
Another Hennepin County judge has weighed in on a lengthy, litigious quarrel over a wind turbine on Lake Minnetonka, deciding that the city of Orono can’t completely ban them. ...The Orono City Council passed a moratorium on small wind conversion systems while the city’s Planning Commission drafts a new ordinance regulating them.
An Orono man must take down a home-sized wind generator on his property because it poses a danger to public safety, a district judge ruled. The decision by District Judge Marilyn Rosenbaum is the latest development in a lengthy legal dispute between homeowner Jay Nygard and the west metro city of Orono.
The debate on whether to revise Emmet County's sound cap for wind turbines is expected to resume on Thursday night. ...Some residents have voiced staunch opposition to the increase, while developers have called the restriction essentially a ban on wind energy as an alternative power source.
A zoning ordinance proposed by the planning commission was approved by the Riga Township Trustees, with a few amendments clearing the way for upwards of 120 wind turbines.
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 man's wind turbine may once again dot the skyline in Fremont Township after the Winona County Planning Commission approved his permit request. James Jarvis was forced to take down his turbine in May after the county board of adjustment did not grant a variance for the wind system. But he has worked with county officials since then to develop a plan to get the turbine back in the air.
The county created a a 10-rotor diameter setback for nonparticipants that was approved, which would equal 2,710 feet for the 52-turbine AWA Goodhue wind farm project proposed between Goodhue and Zumbrota. ...The state Public Utilities Commission, could discard the recommendation if "good cause" is found.
Goodhue Wind officials say the proposed ordinance goes too far and would effectively kill their project if fully applied, while members of the anti-wind group Goodhue Wind truth living in its proposed footprint say it doesn't go far enough. "I was going to predict you guys would go with the wind developer's handbook. That turned out to be prophetic."
A lengthy discussion led to two proposed amendments to the subcommittee's language requiring zero hours of flicker for non-participating dwellings. Subcommittee member Tom Webster remained firm in his push for zero hours, even after a warning from county planning/zoning administrator Mike Wozniak. ...Zero was the number agreed upon, much to the chagrin of Chuck Burdick, a senior wind developer for National Wind.
During their regular monthly meeting held Tuesday, August 3, the Wadena County Board tabled action on an application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow a 262-foot high wind tower to be erected in Aldrich Township.
The latest draft ordinance would allow wind turbines in all city areas, except for residential zones. The exception to that would be school zones, which would be permitted to have the structures. All turbines would be subject to conditional approval from the city's planning commission. ..."I think allowing them in residential areas is a bad idea," McAlister said.
With the possible exception of schools that want them, wind energy conversion systems, such as turbines won't be allowed in residential neighborhoods in Austin and they will be allowed by city ordinance in most other sections of the city through a conditional use permit process.
It's back to the drawing board for a proposed ordinance that would allow wind turbine construction throughout Austin. Sort of. On Monday evening, the Austin City Council will discuss the issue at its work session, since the proposed law failed to pass council two weeks earlier.
The wind turbine ordinance issue has been discussed, debated and dissected by Austin officials for nearly a year. So what difference does a few more weeks make? With a proposed law that would allow the structures to be built throughout the city - with conditions - up for a vote Monday night, City Council split evenly. Because of the tie vote, the issue is likely headed to a council work session.
The tie vote equated to three in favor. Of course, council is designed with seven members, but councilman John Martin was absent Monday. City administrator Jim Hurm said after the meeting that he hadn't received notice from Martin regarding the absence. Council also couldn't turn to a proposed tie-breaking procedure - having the mayor vote.
"This is very much like the outdoor furnaces," he said. "People's reasons for opposing this won't be rational. They will be personal. It only takes one to get this started. After you pass the ordinance, it will be too late to say 'You can't do this'. You would have to base it on the ordinance. Putting it in residential areas is a bad idea. I will be voting 'No'."
The Austin City Council will have another vote on the proposed wind turbine regulations on Monday night. As it reads, the proposed ordinance would allow small wind turbines - which are technically referred to as wind energy conversion systems, or WECS - in all parts of the city with a conditional use permit. Large WECS would be permitted in agricultural and industrial areas only.