Documents filed under Zoning/Planning from USA

Objection to Deepwater Wind meteorological tower proposal - Block Island

Hagopian_letter_thumb This letter was submitted to the Town of New Shoreham on Block Island prior to the Town granting permission for Deepwater Wind to erect a met tower on town land under the Special Temporary Provisions (Section 112) of the Town's zoning. Under Section 112, permits may be granted only for a use or purpose that cannot be accomplished by compliance with provisions of the ordinance. Attorney Hagopian argues that Deepwater's proposal does not meet the "exigent circumstance requirements" including risks to public health and safety or any other emergency or urgent necessity that warrants invoking this provision.
27 Feb 2009

Motion to dismiss filed with Dekalb County

Portermotiontodismiss_thumb The 'Citizens for Open Government' through its Attorney Richard Porter filed this motion to dismiss the special use permit application and the public hearing in the matter of FPL Energy Illinois Wind LLC. FPL Energy is seeikng a permit to erect up to 151 industrial scale wind turbines in an area currently zoned A-1, agricultural District. Attorney Richard Porter argues that the application is incomplete and the use not permitted according to current laws in the County. Attorney Porter's detailed arguments can accessed by clicking on the link below. The County took no action on this motion.
16 Feb 2009


Hpg_v_hamlin_town_board_decision_01-05-09_thumb In his decision, dated January 5, 2009, NY Supreme Court Justice David Michael Barry found that the Town of Hamlin's town board failed to follow New York state law in adopting Local Wind Law 3-2008. The intent of Local Wind Law 3-2008 is to govern placement of industrial wind turbines within the town. The full text of Judge Barry's decision can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page. The suit was filed by the Hamlin Preservation Group.
5 Jan 2009

California Renewable Portfolio Standard, quarterly report

Ca_rps_rpt_to_legislature_oct_2008_thumb California's Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) is one of the most ambitious renewable energy standards in the country Established in 2002 under Senate Bill 1078 and accelerated in 2006 under Senate Bill 107, California's RPS obligates investor‐owned utilities (IOUs), energy service providers (ESPs) and community choice aggregators (CCAs) to procure an additional 1% of retail sales per year from eligible renewable sources until 20% is reached, no later than 2010.The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC) are jointly responsible for implementing the program.
1 Oct 2008

Town of Ridgeville, WI wind energy ordinance

Ridgeville_wind_ordinance_thumb At the August 4, 2008 town meeting, the Town of Ridgeville located in Monroe County Wisconsin passed a wind ordinance to govern placement of wind energy turbines in the town. Section VI of the ordinance establishes the development and performance standards to be adhered to, including turbine sound limits and setbacks. The full ordinance can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
4 Aug 2008

Taos County application for variance to erect turbines

Application_for_variance_taos_county_nm_thumb Attorney Eliu Romero filed this variance application before the Taos County, New Mexico Planning Commission to erect sixty-five industrial turbines. The purpose of the variance application is to gain permission from the County to place structures in the county that exceed the height limits. Several of Mr. Romero's responses to the application questions suggest he has no knowledge as to the purpose and intent of a variance request or the conditions under which it can be approved. The application inaccurately cites the turbine height at 284-feet rather than 384-feet.
12 Jun 2008

Hurry! Take a Drive Through Wolverine Canyon ...

Final_wolverine_post_thumb This full-page advertisement appeared this week in both the Blackfoot and the Post Register newspapers in Idaho. The ad responds to the recent 4-3 vote by the Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission to approve a giant wind project in Wolverine Canyon. An appeal of the decision has been lodged with the County Commissioners.
19 May 2008

Clay Banks Township, WI wind energy ordinance

Clay_banks_wind_ordinance_comm._approved_05.03_1__thumb The Township of Clay Banks, Wisconsin approved a wind energy ordinance to govern the construction of wind energy conversions systems (turbines) within the Township's boundaries. The full ordinance can be downloaded by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page. The sections on Noise and Setback requirements are excerpted and presented below.
3 May 2008

Michael McCann testimony re: Rail Splitter wind energy facility

08-05-01_transcript_tazewell_county_zba_mccann_thumb Testimony of Mr. Michael McCann, a certified general real estate appraiser with 28-years experience appraising residential and commercial property. Mr. McCann addresses the possible impacts of wind turbine development on residential properties located within 1500-feet of the turbines. His full testimony can be read by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
1 May 2008

West Providence PA wind ordinance

Westprovidence_thumb An ordinance of the township of West Providence, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, concerning and regulating the placement, construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of wind turbine generators, the issuance of land use permits in connection therewith, and prescribing penalties for violations hereof. Section 12.1 of the ordinance pertaining to setbacks is included below (2,000 feet from a property line; 2,500 feet from all structures). The full text can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
7 Apr 2008
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