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Developers of the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm, juwi Wind, in May asked the BZA to consider modifiying the setback requirement, which was imposed in March as part of a conditional use permit. At the time, juwi Wind officials said the project couldn't move forward with a 1,500-foot setback.
John McGraw, a Troy lawyer who spoke on behalf of the townships during Tuesday's hearing, said the attorneys for both sides will try to determine "over the next few days" if the project can go forward and whether Forest Hill Energy would even have to apply for a license.
A Baldwin County planning board member has resigned less than a week after voting against an ordinance that will ban large wind turbines and wind farms in the county. ...The county crafted the ordinance as a result of a plan by APEX Wind Energy to put a wind farm with about 40 turbines in south Baldwin County.
The first step toward banning wind farms and large wind turbines in Baldwin County happened Thursday when the planning board voted in favor of an ordinance that prohibits them. The 5 to 1 vote by the Baldwin County Planning and Zoning Commission is a recommendation to the Baldwin County Commission.
"I think what we're seeing throughout the region, throughout the state, and actually throughout New England is that people are looking at the experiences of other people who live near wind turbines and are saying 'we don't want that in our community'," said Tillinghast.
Moore said the recommendation will consider setbacks to neighboring properties for the placement of turbines, noise levels and permitted uses. In Howard County, wind farms are allowed in most areas with the only requirement being approval of location improvement permits for each turbine. "Everything is on the table," Moore said. "We are taking into consideration the comments from opponents, leaseholders and working with E.ON."
Decommissioning one of these large turbines can be very costly, leaving landowners with a turbine or turbines on their land wary. Along with tearing down this tall structure, the large base of concrete and steel securing the structure must be removed down to five-feet below the ground-surface.
Last month, the Clinton County board of commissioners approved a non-binding motion to keep the county wind farm free. "I actually wanted to put it to bed before they came," President Skip Evans said.
Commercial wind turbines built in Iroquois County might soon need to be located almost a full mile from homes on property not being leased to a wind farm operator.
Though wind farms were not meant to be the focus of the discussion on Tipton County's new comprehensive plan, during the public hearing Thursday, 18 of the 21 people who commented discussed wind farm development. By an 8-to-1 vote, the Tipton County Plan Commission recommended the adoption of the new comprehensive plan.
Vermilion County Board officials clearly heard what the current WECS project has done to many rural residents. Families know their property values and physical health have declined while the dominating effects of these industrial machines have ignored property lines, invaded homes and split neighborhoods.
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.
In March, the Tipton County BZA approved a conditional use permit for the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm with conditions that included a 1,500-foot setback from the property line of non-participating property owners and a property value guarantee. Juwi Wind on May 23 sought to modify the setback requirement and submitted a property value guarantee plan to the BZA.
San Diego County Supervisors are being sued over their May 15th approval of the technically and legally flawed Wind Energy Ordinance & Plan Amendment-that benefits wealthy industrial wind and solar developers, San Diego Gas & Electric, Sempra, and absentee land-owners at the expense of rural east county residents and valued resources.
The Area Plan Commission drew up an ordinance in March 2012, stating all their requirements, including a set-back distance of 1,000 ft. from a home. However, that ordinance was amended in Nov. making the set-back 1,800 ft. from a property line. That amendment took effect May 2013.
An effort by a Charlottesville, Va., company to put a wind farm in Baldwin County might be coming to a grinding halt. Vince Jackson, director of the county's Planning and Zoning Department, has crafted an ordinance that would prohibit wind projects like the one APEX Wind Energy has proposed for southern Baldwin County.
lanning and Development Director Nancy Scott said that is not the case and that the city regulates their placement only in the interest of public safety and to protect neighbors from nuisances such as noise or shadow flicker caused by spinning blades catching the sunlight. In Myers' case, Scott said, the city was responding to a complaint by another citizen and Myers' first problem was that he never submitted plans for the city's approval or sought a required conditional use permit.
Wind turbine proposals haven’t had the warmest reception in Plymouth, and this one is no exception. Attorney David Paliotti, who represents Algonquin Heights, the residential area closest to the proposed turbine, contends that it will exceed the sound limit guidelines, cause health problems, blight the landscape, and cause property values to nosedive. The Stop & Shop turbine would be located approximately 600 feet from the Algonquin Heights apartment complex.
The town of Madison is about halfway through the process of creating a new windmill law. Analysis of the work of a committee that re-tooled an existing windpower facilities law was conducted in February. Since then, the plan has been reviewed by the town planning board.
Turbines must be 2,000 feet from non-participating property owners' homes and three times the turbine height from non-participating property lines. ...In terms of sound for Paris, there will be an allowance of 35 decibels during the day and 30 at night for non-leased property, and 40 during the day and 35 at night for leased property.