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ZBA members backing planners  

Credit:  Jennifer Linn Hartley, Staff Writer, Ludington Daily News, www.ludingtondailynews.com 8 September 2011 ~~

The Mason County Planning Commission did not make an error in approving a special land use application to construct a wind farm in Riverton and Summit townships, three members of the Mason County Zoning Board of Appeals said Wednesday night.

The three – Jerry Jensen, Kent Collins and Bob Ohse – have been charged with deciding whether the planning commission’s decision on the special land use application is correct. While they’ve stated those thoughts verbally, they have to vote and put them in writing to make the decision effective.

The ZBA will meet again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 in the basement of Ludington City Hall to continue the deliberations on the appeal and likely take that vote.

Citizens Alliance for Responsible Renewable Energy is appealing the Planning Commissions decision to approve the application, which was made in July. On Aug. 25 the ZBA held a public hearing on the appeal.

Consumers Energy is planning a wind farm consisting of 56 476-foot-tall turbines for southern Mason County.

The ZBA was instructed by their attorney to come up with a resolution in which they cite regulations in the zoning ordinance to support their opinions.

Source:  Jennifer Linn Hartley, Staff Writer, Ludington Daily News, www.ludingtondailynews.com 8 September 2011

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