Articles filed under Zoning/Planning from Wisconsin

County approves wind ordinance

By a vote of 22-1, the Manitowoc County Board of Supervisors approved on Tuesday ordinances for large and small wind energy systems in the town of Newton, the first municipality in the county to adopt its own wind energy ordinance. The Newton ordinance requires greater distances for wind towers from adjacent properties, but it’s otherwise similar to the county wind energy ordinances adopted last year, according to Steve Rollins, county corporation counsel. Under the Newton ordinance, wind towers must be at least 1.2 times the total height of the large wind system from the property line of a participating property and at least 1,000 feet from any occupied or habitable building not located on the property on which the tower is located.
15 Feb 2007

Eden wind farm plan breezes along

A wind farm proposed for the towns of Eden and Empire is moving through the approval process with little vocal opposition. People gathered Monday for two informational meetings regarding Alliant Energy’s plans to build a wind farm in Fond du Lac County. The Cedar Ridge Wind Farm would include 41 turbines, generating up to 89 megawatts, according to the Public Service Commission.
13 Feb 2007

Investors consider wind farm potential

A group of investors is exploring the potential for commercial wind turbines in west-central Wisconsin. AgWind Energy Partners, formed in spring 2006 with four members, installed a meteorological tower in October to measure wind northwest of Ettrick. Group member Jim Naleid of La Crosse said AgWind planned to install measuring towers at two other Trempealeau County sites. The proposed projects have sparked a Trempealeau County Wind Forum, sponsored by UW-Extension.
2 Feb 2007

Glenmore wind power plan advances

The town Planning Commission gave its OK to a Milwaukee-area company’s request for a conditional use permit to build an eight-turbine wind farm. Shirley Wind LLC of Hubertus, a division of Emerging Energies, wants to build eight 492-foot-tall turbines on several parcels of property owned by four families in Glenmore. The sites on land owned by Mark Mathies, 5982 Fairview Road; Dan Mathies, 4157 Shirley Road; Dan and Tina Zeamer, 3384 School Road; Rodney and Sue Leiterman, 4611 Shirley Road; and several parcels on Glenmore Road. Each landowner requested permission for two turbines on their property.
31 Jan 2007

Gov. Doyle: Proposes Major Investment ‘to Achieve Energy Independence and Fight Global Warming’

As part of a broad effort to make Wisconsin the nation’s leader in energy independence and create thousands of jobs in our state, Governor Jim Doyle will propose the next major step forward by creating the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and dedicating $40 million in his budget proposal for renewable energy like solar, wind, hydrogen, biodiesel and ethanol. Governor Doyle, who will make the announcement in his State of the State address Tuesday, has set a goal for this state to generate 25 percent of its power and transportation fuels from renewable sources by 2025.
28 Jan 2007

Wind project in Fond du Lac County approved

State regulators today approved We Energies’ plans to construct 88 wind turbines in Fond du Lac County. The project is expected to cost the utility’s ratepayers nearly 400 (M) million dollars. The Blue Sky Green Field wind farm will be built in the towns of Calumet and Marshfield, just east of Lake Winnebago. It will generate enough power to supply 45,000 homes. The Public Service Commission says the wind farm will help We Energies comply with a state law that requires ten percent of the state’s energy supply to come from renewable energy sources by 2015.
26 Jan 2007

Town rejects wind turbine permit

TOWN OF MENASHA — The town Monday night took a step toward adoption of a wind energy ordinance while also rejecting a permit for a wind turbine demonstration project. On a 4-0 vote, the Town Board rejected a conditional use permit requested by Soul Purpose Ministry to install 36 small wind turbines on an industrial site on Northern Road off U.S. 41. The denial was recommended by the town Planning Commission last week due to a lack of details requested for several months to ensure the structural integrity of the plans to place wind turbines on top of steel pipes 120 tall.
23 Jan 2007

Permit denied but wind turbines still in play

TOWN OF MENASHA - A conditional use permit for a proposed wind demonstration project was denied Wednesday but the wind turbines may be installed regardless. The town Planning Commission denied the permit request from Soul Purpose Ministry to construct 36 small turbines at an industrial site at 2225 Northern Road due to a lack of structural information. But, Tom Newton of Manitowoc, a partner on the project, said they will forge ahead without the permit, which was only required if they intended to sell the electricity. “Their denial doesn’t mean we can’t put it up,” Newton said. “All we have to do is keep the energy in use on the property and get the state plans approved and then just get a building permit.”
18 Jan 2007

Are wind farms coming to Columbia County?

The winds of change are blowing steadily on Friesland Road in northeast Columbia County as two major players in energy — Midwest Renewable Energy Corp. and FPL Energy, an affiliate of Florida Power and Light — each plan to construct wind farms in 2008. For the past three years, both renewable energy companies have been courting farmers in that area to lease land for the construction of wind turbines. The leases under option agreements run between 20 and 25 years long for farmers who decide to sign with either company.
4 Jan 2007

Federal court to hear turbine case

A federal court will hear a lawsuit 24 property owners have filed over Calumet County's wind turbine ordinance. The plaintiffs, who oppose the wind turbines, contend the county's ordinance as amended in October is unconstitutional. They allege the ordinance, which requires 1,000 feet between wind turbines and homes, schools and churches but not businesses, fails to protect all property owners equally. At the same time, they contend the 1,000-foot setback impinges on adjacent properties, constituting a "taking" of property. Wind farm developers say the changes the plaintiffs want would thwart their plans and overstep the county's legal authority.
29 Dec 2006

Wind in district forecast?

The School District of Monroe could soon be generating its own energy. The Board of Education Finance Committee last night approved a study, which would determine the feasibility of erecting a wind turbine on district property to generate energy the district can use to power its facilities. Last spring, former Monroe alderman Dr. John Frantz and his wife, Board of Education member Dr. Mary Frantz, donated $50,000 to the district to be used toward establishing a wind turbine.
13 Dec 2006

Citizens want turbine issue addressed soon

Our group, Calumet County Citizens for Responsible Energy, is in favor of 1,000-foot property setbacks, not against renewable energy. We understand and support the need for a renewable energy source. But the county board has been provided with a significant amount of information on health-related issues caused by wind turbines and citizen concerns to find an overall fair solution.
30 Nov 2006

Residents oppose wind turbine plan; WindCOWS files suit against Mishicot project

Not in my back yard. A familiar phrase used by those who object to such developments as Wal-Mart or payday loan stores appears to apply to wind turbines as well. Manitowoc County granted a Hubertus-based investor group, Emerging Energies LLP, a permit in July to erect seven wind turbines in the town of Mishicot, but the project now faces legal challenges from concerned residents. Five Mishicot residents affiliated with the citizens group Wisconsin Independent Citizens Opposing Windturbine Sites filed suit against the county’s Board of Adjustment on Aug. 15 for approving the Emerging Energies project. Last week, environmental groups RENEW Wisconsin and Clean Wisconsin affirmed their support of the project and announced their intention to intervene in the lawsuit on behalf of Manitowoc County.
28 Nov 2006

Second delay granted for wind turbines

TOWN OF MENASHA — A second 60-day delay was granted Wednesday by the Planning Commission for the proposed wind turbine demonstration at a Northern Road industrial site. That means the review of the conditional use permit requested by Soul Purpose Ministry Inc., Hortonville, won't be considered until the Jan. 17 commission meeting. In September, the commission delayed the issue for the first time while awaiting engineering details on the structural integrity of the proposed 36 wind turbines to be mounted on pipes not to exceed 120 feet tall at a former steel company crane at 2225-2235 Northern Road.
19 Nov 2006

Second delay requested for wind turbines permit

TOWN OF MENASHA — The proposed wind turbine demonstration project slated for a review at Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting may be delayed again. In September, the commission recommended a 60-day delay regarding a conditional use permit requested for the project at 2225-2235 Northern Road while awaiting engineering details on the structural integrity of the proposed 36 wind turbines mounted on pipes not to exceed 120 feet tall. Kelly Rousseau of Soul Purpose Ministry Inc., Hortonville, late last week requested another 60-day delay due to a switch in engineering firms. Town community development officials said the item will remain on the Wednesday’s commission agenda, when the panel could deny the permit due to a lack of information or grant the delay.
13 Nov 2006

Turbines lawsuit out in the wind; Calumet Board gives OK to seek farm construction ban

The Calumet County Board was sandwiched Friday between potential lawsuits over its wind energy ordinance. One one side is a group of property owners who want stricter regulations on the distance between electricity-producing wind turbines and property lines. On the other are wind farm developers who say the restrictions opponents want would thwart their plans and overstep the county’s legal authority. The board left the ordinance alone, and according Steven Frassetto, the property owners’ attorney, they have directed him to file suit seeking an injunction on wind farm construction and to recoup their legal expenses.
11 Nov 2006

Wind-turbine project review faces another delay

TOWN OF MENASHA — A proposed wind turbine demonstration project slated for review at the Nov. 15 town Planning Commission meeting may be delayed again. In September, the commission recommended a 60-day delay regarding a conditional use permit requested for the project at 2225-2235 Northern Road while awaiting engineering details on the structural integrity of the proposed 36 wind turbines mounted on pipes not to exceed 120 feet tall. Kelly Rousseau of Soul Purpose Ministry Inc., Hortonville, late last week requested another 60-day delay because of a switch in engineering companies.
7 Nov 2006

Ordinance OK’d to regulate wind farms

TOWN OF WRIGHTSTOWN — The Town Board on Monday approved an ordinance that will regulate wind farms. The ordinance includes two provisions that Forward Energy representative Bill Blackmore opposed during the public hearing that preceded the board’s 3-0 vote. Both have to do with the decommissioning or abandonment of a wind energy project in the future.
31 Oct 2006
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