SCOTTVILLE – Planning commissioners Tuesday said they need more time and legal advice on proposed amendments to the Mason County Zoning Ordinance before deciding if they will ask the county board to consider a moratorium on wind farms.
A moratorium would mean at least a delay for the Consumers Energy wind turbines planned for southern Mason County.
Mason County Zoning Director Mary Reilly said there is a period of time before the application goes to public hearing and when it’s deemed complete. She said the commission has the ability to decide when the application is addressed in a meeting, which could play a role on what ordinance regulations the application must abide by.
Consumers Energy has yet to turn in an application to the zoning office on the wind farm. Reilly wasn’t sure when an application would be turned in, but said it would be realistic to expect one in the next three to four weeks.
Some expressed concern about whether the zoning ordinance on the books at that time the application is submitted would be what the Consumers project would have to comply with.
Riverton Township resident Evelyn Bergaila, who was involved in putting together and turning in proposed amendments to the ordinance, asked the commission to consider a moratorium on wind turbines – halting the Consumers project – in order to allow time for the commission to consider the amendments.
The planning commission will next meet on Jan. 4 to begin working through the proposed amendments. In the meantime, the commission is asking for a legal opinion on the proposed amendments.
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