OAKLAND – Jeff Messenger of Messenger Limited Partnership, LLC temporarily withdrew his request to the Garrett County Planning Commission to amend the Deep Creek watershed zoning ordinance to allow a wind farm in the rural resource zoning district, according to Bill DeVore, zoning administrator.
The public hearing on the amendment that was scheduled for March 5 has been canceled. If Messenger decides to pursue the matter further, he will have to reapply for the amendment to the Deep Creek watershed zoning ordinance, according to De-Vore.
During a meeting Jan. 8, the planning commission voted unanimously to postpone the public hearing and reschedule it for March 5 to allow the applicant more time to assemble information concerning the sound, wildlife impact and the appearance of the proposed wind turbines, according to minutes from the meeting. Planning commissioner Messenger recused himself from the vote as a landowner involved in the proposed project.
Wind turbines are prohibited in all zones of the watershed and the amendment would permit them in the rural resource zone only with the condition that the turbines would be 20,000 feet from the high waterline of Deep Creek Lake, Bob Paye, an attorney at Geppert, McMullen, Paye & Getty, P.C., indicated at a previous commission meeting.
The proposed wind project would be located in the northern edge of the zoning district, four miles north of Deep Creek Lake State Park, and would have between 100 to 133 shrouded 100-kilowatt Ogin wind turbines,
The project was slated to go into commercial operation by the end of 2015, according to Dorr.
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