[ 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

Developer has not complied with rules  

Credit:  May 17, 2013 | www.saukvalley.com ~~

If you or I desire to construct a building or structure on rural property in Lee County, a building permit application must be completed and submitted for zoning approval.

It requires our disclosure of selected building characteristics, building plans, a site plan, and a LESA soil evaluation and assessment report.

There are no exceptions or waivers. Every bit of information required must be submitted, or we won’t be permitted to build our proposed structure.

A developer who desires to construct wind turbines must comply with similar building permit application requirements set forth in Lee County Codes 10-15-15 and 11-5-2: Wind Energy Systems and LESA Standards. Those two codes also allow no exceptions or waivers to application requirements.

No. 8 of the nine wind turbine application requirements directs that the wind developer must provide “manufacturer’s specifications and installation instructions” for the model of turbine the developer proposes to build.

Mainstream Renewable Energy chose not to designate a turbine model design in its Green River Wind Farm application. Our zoning board adopted two findings of fact, validating that this critical omission had taken place and also that LESA scoring is required.

In fact, those were among 40 some findings of fact detailing the multiple concerns that drove our Zoning Board of Appeals’ majority decision to deny Mainstream’s special use petition to construct 46 to 53, 50-story-tall wind turbines.

Lee County voters owe our Zoning Board members expressions of deep appreciation for holding this wind developer to “no exceptions” building code standards, which have always applied to average citizens.

On Tuesday, it would also be most appropriate for our Lee County Board to express its appreciation to all five Zoning Board members for their hard work (9 months, 80-plus hours, 27 laborious public hearings) by voting to affirm their well-researched denial of this petition.

Jim Timble
Franklin Grove

Source:  May 17, 2013 | www.saukvalley.com

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.