[ exact phrase in "" • ~10 sec • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

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

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

DeKalb County committee to discuss wind ordinance draft Wednesday  

Credit:  By Katie Finlon | Daily Chronicle | www.daily-chronicle.com ~~

SYCAMORE – The DeKalb County Planning and Zoning Committee will discuss a draft of the county’s wind energy ordinance during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Legislative Center’s Gathertorium, 200 N. Main St., in Sycamore.

The meeting comes after more than a dozen people addressed the committee during its May 24 meeting.

County Board members are crafting the ordinance after approving a solar power ordinance that went into effect April 1. The board passed a moratorium last year on the wind project development for 18 months, or until an ordinance for similar projects is in place.

Committee Chairman Steve Faivre said County Board officials are using Boone County’s existing ordinance for wind turbines as a skeleton for DeKalb County’s draft, since it’s one of the more recent ordinances passed in the state. He said the DeKalb County ordinance might look like Boone’s structurally but will likely be adjusted in sections regarding setbacks and decommissioning, which have been some of the most divisive issues cited in residents’ comments at previous meetings.

“The ordinance that we’re starting with is not the one we intend to pass,” Faivre said.

After committee and public discussion Wednesday, Faivre said, the draft will go to a hearing at a future date, where a hearing officer will make a recommendation on whether the committee should pass the draft. He said the draft will then go back to the committee and then to the County Board.

County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski said the board has accumulated so many documents for and against the wind turbines and has heard from many people regarding their personal experiences with them. With the moratorium and elections coming up, he said, board members are working through summer recess to have an ordinance passed before November.

“I think that’s a lot of pressure to put on new board members,” Pietrowski said.

The committee also will look at a proposed special use permit, which was recommended for approval by the county’s hearing officer earlier this month, from Borrego Solar Systems Inc. to install a 2-megawatt, 13.7-acre community solar garden on property on Elva Road, about 754 feet west of Anderland Road, in Milan Township. Faivre said this type of approval process will also apply for EDF Renewables, the company that is looking to submit an application to install a large wind farm in the northern part of the county.

After everything is said and done, some people on the board may wish they’re on a different board in a different county, Faivre said with a chuckle.

“This is a balancing act of competing perspectives on how or what the value, or lack of value, this [wind turbines] has,” Faivre said.

Source:  By Katie Finlon | Daily Chronicle | www.daily-chronicle.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate

Share:


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Share

 Follow: