A township moratorium on windmill developments, enacted a month ago by the Charlotte Town Board, would have permitted the Town Zoning Commission up to a year to come up with the municipality’s first zoning code, allowing the panel more time to focus on controls governing the production of energy through wind turbines.
However, it appears the moratorium is no longer an issue. A proposed zoning code has been completed and is ready for review, according to information relayed this week to the Town Board.
The document encompasses all components of zoning, including regulations for wind turbines, said Kenneth Bochmann, a member of the commission. The information was further confirmed by William Duncanson, the town’s attorney, who works closely with the zoning panel.
Duncanson said the proposed regulations will first be reviewed at a public hearing scheduled at 7 p.m., Nov. 19, at the local fire hall.
‘‘The news couldn’t come at a better time,’’ said Merle Goot, spokesman for town landowners interested in launching wind turbine operations. Goot said the group is currently meeting with representatives of UPC Wind, a firm based in Maine, with a field office in Attica, and Babock & Brown headquartered in Texas, whose officials are ‘‘working out of the Westfield-Ripley area.’’
‘‘We will soon select the firm we want to go with,’’ Goot said, ‘‘and, at that point, arrangements will be made for that firm to present its proposal to the (Town) Board.’’
Meanwhile, he said, the group has been invited to tour a UPC wind turbine site at Cohocton, near Corning.
In other business, Supervisor Gary Sargent said CHRIC had alerted town officials to the JobStart Chautauqua Water Well Project, a low-interest loan program available to qualified rural home owners who wish to service or improve household water well systems. Sargent said town residents interested in more details may contact CHRIC representative Cindy Rockey at 753-4334.
By Alpha Husted
12 November 2007
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