[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Commission takes no action on met tower  

Sometimes the vagaries of county government even can confuse folks who attend and participate in a meeting – and maybe even the decision-makers themselves.

A curious case in point – The Tuesday, Oct. 2 Lassen County Planning Commission meeting where an application for a meteorological tower on private land was up for approval.

Opponents of Invenergy’s Horse Lake Wind Farm project claim they won a round at the meeting because the commission failed to approve the permit application.

According to a press release written by John Kegg of the Eagle Lake Regional Preservation Coalition, a citizen’s group that opposes the development of wind power in Lassen County, the score is now “home team 1, windmills 0” because the commission “voted to reject the project.”

But Matt Giblin, the project manager for Invenergy’s proposed Horse Lake Wind project, said the permit application is still before the commission.

Maury Anderson, Lassen County’s chief planner, said he understands the confusion and why each side has a different perspective about exactly what occurred at the meeting. According to Anderson, the commission “essentially took no action” on the permit application.

Anderson explained what happened at the meeting.

He said the commission held a public hearing and took testimony – both for and against – a use permit application for a meteorological tower to be built on private property owned by Joe Ochoterena. According to the application, the property is located on the north side of Fredonyer Peak (north of a fire observation facility) about four miles east of Highway 139 and about 20 miles north of Susanville.

After taking testimony the commission closed the public hearing.

Commissioner Mark Totten then made a motion to approve the permit. When no other commissioner would second the motion, commission chair Aaron Albaugh vacated the chair’s seat to commissioner Rick Stewart. Albaugh then seconded the motion, and the commissioners discussed it. When the motion to approve the permit came up for a vote, it failed 3-2. And there’s the rub.

Anderson said while none of the other commissioners apparently wanted to approve the permit application, the commission did not make and carry a motion to disapprove it before moving on to other business.

Anderson said the planning commission normally takes one of three actions on a permit application. It can approve the permit, disapprove the permit or approve the permit with conditions. But a failed motion not to approve a permit is not the same as a motion to disapprove it, Anderson said, leaving the application in a “sort of in limbo.”

He said the commission could hold a special meeting to take action or place the permit on the agenda of its next meeting. At deadline, he said the commission has not decided how to proceed yet.

Lassen County News

16 October 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.