Articles filed under Zoning/Planning from Virginia

Change in ordinance blowing in the wind; Proposal would allow for private energy systems

The Warren County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing this month on proposed supplementary regulations for wind energy systems that have been tossed around by planners at several meetings since October. The supervisors will hold a hearing on May 19 at 7:30 p.m. on changes to Chapter 180 of the zoning ordinance that would add the definition of a turbine and allow private use of wind energy systems.
11 May 2009

Proposal for wind turbines rejected

A Harpers Ferry, W.Va., company's proposal to build 131 wind turbines on Great North Mountain has been rejected. In an April 2 letter, Maureen Hyzer, the supervisor for the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, denied FreedomWorks LLC's proposal to install three meteorological towers that would collect wind and other necessary data to support installation of future wind turbines.
11 Apr 2009

Hearing set on wind energy systems in Warren County

The Warren County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing next month on proposed regulations for wind energy systems. ...Energy system towers would be limited to 80 feet with the exception of those in the industrial zoning district, which could have a height of up to 120 feet, the ordinance reads. Towers for energy systems used for commercial power generation would be limited to 120 feet in height.
21 Mar 2009

Bluefield, Va., council passes zoning ordinance

A zoning ordinance that will regulate the height of tall structures within town limits was passed unanimously Monday by the Bluefield, Va., Town Council. A revision to height regulations and a Mountain Ridge Overlay in the town were both passed unanimously by the council's members. The changes require a conditional use permit for structures 100 feet high or higher, said Zoning Administrator Cody Musick.
10 Mar 2009

Town mulls height ordinance

Citizens and council members urged town residents Monday to keep seeking more information about a proposed wind turbine project for Tazewell County, Va. The Bluefield, Va., Town Council and Planning Commission conducted a joint public hearing before Monday's regular session to hear citizens' input about a proposed "Mountain Ridge Overlay" regulating the height of structures and buildings, and requiring a conditional use permit for tall buildings and structures inside town limits.
23 Feb 2009

Steering committee being assembled to mull windmills

A steering committee that will help to determine the fate of a controversial windmill project for East River Mountain could be finalized as early as today. Meeting under a high wind warning outside, windmills were once again the primary topic of discussion Tuesday for members of the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors. ..."This is an emotional issue, and we need to hear from both sides," Anderson said.
12 Feb 2009

Steering committee to examine proposed ridgeline protection ordinance for Va.

The fate of a controversial wind turbine project for Tazewell County is still up in the air. A newly created steering committee will now mull over a proposed ridgeline protection ordinance. The ordinance - if adopted by the Board of Supervisors - would regulate the development of tall structures along certain protected mountain ridges, including East River Mountain and Burke's Garden.
4 Feb 2009

BP, Dominion urge ‘careful consideration' for windmills

Representatives of Dominion and BP Wind Energy North America are asking the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors to give "thoughtful and careful consideration" to a proposed large-scale windmill project. Company officials will be attendance at Tuesday's public hearing on a proposed ridgeline projection ordinance, which - if adopted - could impact the development of a wind turbine project planned for East River Mountain.
2 Feb 2009

Tax breaks for developers could cut county tax revenue; Highland supervisors oppose wind energy bill

The $200,000-plus Highland County hoped to receive from the proposed wind utility here could be cut to $120,000 if a legislative proposal survives the General Assembly this session, according to county officials. Sen. Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) submitted a bill that would allow wind energy facilities an exemption on state and local taxes up to 80 percent of the value of their projects if their capacity is less than 100 megawatts.
29 Jan 2009

Bluefield, Va., looks at ridgeline ordinance of its own

A mountain ridge overlay ordinance has been adopted by the Bluefield, Va., Town Council pending a final approval today by the Bluefield, Va., Planning Commission, Mayor Don Harris said. The ordinance will regulate the development of structures with a maximum height of 35 feet or more. When asked if the ordinance was in response to a large-scale windmill project proposed for East River Mountain, Harris said the windmill project is not currently planned in the corporate limits of Bluefield, Va.
29 Jan 2009

HNWD project temporarily stalled

“During the months of August and September, active negotiations with a variety of interested parties resulted in two executed Letters of Intent,” he wrote. “However, before the due diligence periods expired, the financial markets collapsed and the interested parties started to disappear one by one. Turbines are more available now but financing is more difficult to obtain.”
8 Jan 2009

Windmills stir up controversy

David Anderson, the Eastern District member of the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors, has been busy in recent days answering phone calls and e-mails from supporters and opponents of a proposed large-scale windmill project. ..."Don't get me wrong, I've heard a lot of positive, and I've heard a lot of negative," Anderson said Tuesday. "There are still people who are very pro-windmill. But the majority of the feedback I've received have been real concerned about the natural beauty of East River Mountain."
27 Dec 2008

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