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In a two-page document hand-delivered to board members at the beginning of the special meeting, Farmersville United President Mark Heberling wrote: “We renew our request for 3,000-foot setbacks of turbines and facility components to property lines, 50dBA of noise at all times at property lines, a property value guarantee, shadow flicker limits of 30 hours or less and turbines of 450 feet or less at top height.” In addition, Herberling asked “all board members who have a lease with Invenergy or whose family member has an Invenergy lease (as defined in the Farmersville Code of Ethics) recuse themselves from any vote on a wind law.”
Last December, seven of the 12 board members indicated they would support a turbine setback of 2,250 feet from property lines to protect nonparticipating residents from the nuisances turbines can create, such as noise or shadow flicker, or the dangers associated with turbines catching fire or breaking. During a meeting of the board’s zoning committee on Monday night, however, two board members said they feel such a setback should only apply to residential land, not nonresidential properties.
Apex Clean Energy has proposed constructing 80 to 120 wind turbines in rural Morgan County for the Lincoln Land Wind project, but was waiting on updates to a Morgan County ordinance that came Monday. The Morgan County commissioners approved an updated ordinance addressing wind farms after more than a year of work on details of the regulation.
FARMERSVILLE — The Farmersville Town Board has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday night to consider a proposed new wind law introduced on July 17.
With the resolution approved by the commission Thursday, any wind project linked to Sandusky County's 2012 alternative energy zone must resubmit an application with the state siting board.
A proposed wind farm in Henry County won’t be built. The Henry County Planning Commission voted Tuesday night on the controversial proposal that would have added a Big Blue Ribbon Wind Farm to the area.
The new ordinance increases setbacks from 1,000 feet from a house’s foundation to 1,650 feet from the foundation of the home of a non-participating landowner and 1,320 feet from the foundation of the house of a participating landowner. ...“It’s disappointing,” said Mike Woodyard, who has been advocating for larger setbacks from the property line. “It’s a sad day when our county board refuses to recognize the rights of a property owner at the property line.”
The county’s repeated failure to adopt zoning regulations for wind energy causes concerned citizens to feel like they don’t have a voice. Ignored people quickly become angry people. They are forced to file lawsuits so they can finally be heard. LB 373 makes wind energy zoning mandatory. Creating new county zoning regulations is a very public process. It provides numerous opportunities for everyone to participate regardless of their position on the subject. No one can say their voice wasn’t heard.
More than 100 Guilford residents packed the town’s highway garage Wednesday evening for a special meeting of the town board to discuss the proposed development of an industrial wind farm. Developed by the Texas-based Calpine Corporation, the project will consist of a maximum of 25 wind turbines — a reduction from the initially proposed 30 turbines — and generate a collective 100.8 megawatts of energy
Terra-Gen officials are focused on having amendments passed to Schuyler County’s zoning laws. Language added in 1990 does not allow building permits to construct wind farms. ...opponents to the project found the zoning language, which county officials were not aware existed.
A 64-signature protest petition that would have forced a unanimous vote to approve a proposed wind farm is not valid, county commissioners learned Monday. ...For the petition to be valid, owners of 20% or more would have had to sign it.
Members of the Boone County Planning & Zoning Commission discussed a draft of proposed wind farm regulations during their meeting Tuesday.
Last week the Public Service Commission turned down a siting permit for a large (23,000 acres, 76 turbines) wind farm project in Burke County. ...Sources tell me there is some interest in perhaps removing some of the PSC’s siting authority, or moving it to another state department such as the Agriculture Commissioner.
But the recent changes did include increased cost estimates for dismantling of the complex if it ceases operation. The company agreed to increase the dollar amount of the decommissioning performance bond and bear any additional costs of chemical application incurred by farmers who are not leasing land to EDP. Munson said some crop dusting contractors refuse to fly within a wind farm. Others will, but only at additional cost, he added.
As it turns out, the law had already passed a month earlier. "Our town board lied to everybody at that meeting on May 8th," Patrzyk said. "The decision for the wind law had already been passed on a previous meeting in April when they had also lied and said that they would table the vote and they wouldn't make any decisions."
"They had said on the town board that they would table the vote and they weren't going to make any decisions on this wind law -- well, the decision had already been made," said Jessica Patrzyk, who is in favor of the project. As it turns out, the law had already passed a month earlier.
The Department of Planning & Development recently issued a cease-and-desist order to an unauthorized solar installation off Carr’s Trail. The June 4 notice issued to 394 Carr’s Realty LLC and WED Coventry Seven LLC — a subsidiary of North Kingstown-based Green Development LLC, formerly Wind Energy Development LLC, founded by Mark DePasquale — claims a recent site inspection by two members of the Department of Planning & Development found “hundreds of piles had been driven into the ground commencing construction of a proposed solar generating facility that had been denied development plan approval by the Coventry Planning Commission” two years ago.
From their opening comments during a special commission meeting Thursday, it was clear how individual members of the Reno County Commission were going to vote on the application by NextEra energy for a wind farm permit. ... Commissioner Ron Hirst was the critical vote, leading to a defeat of the conditional use permit sought by the Florida developer.
Commissioner John Frey says that’s because county residents don’t want wind energy, a position reflected in the comprehensive plan. “We’re going to be just fine without wind energy,” Frey says. Erin Baker ...says this ordinance does put a stop to their plans. “Not only is this disappointing, but it does have an air of finality to it,” she says.
The majority of the area where E.ON would potentially build is currently zoned as agricultural property; wind turbines are typically zoned as industrial. The commission must determine how the wind energy projects would be regulated in the agricultural zoning. Thursday was one of six meetings the commission is dedicating to discussing potential wind farm regulations.