[ 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

County finalizes new wind moratorium until referendum settled  

Credit:  By Sally York, Argus-Press Staff Writer | www.argus-press.com ~~

CORUNNA – A new moratorium on wind turbine developments aimed at filling a loophole created by a resident who is seeking a referendum to overturn Shiawassee County’s tightened rules for wind farms has taken effect.

By a 7-0 vote, the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved the moratorium, which will continue until the board takes further action.

Commissioners approved an amendment to the county zoning ordinance last month that made the rules regarding wind turbines more strict. Shortly afterward, a previous moratorium on wind turbine developments expired.

After the amendment was adopted, a county resident launched a drive to collect signatures on a petition in an effort to force a public vote to undo the stricter rules.

Commissioners have decided to put a moratorium back in place until the referendum issue is resolved.

The move was spurred by Hazelton Township resident Mike Rock filing paperwork seeking a referendum to undo the new wind turbine rules. While Rock collects petition signatures, the new rules are on hold and the county’s former zoning ordinance – which is considered favorable to wind turbine development – is in effect again.

To place the issue on the Nov. 6 ballot, Rock has to collect at least 2,038 signatures from people in 14 of the 16 townships in Shiawassee County – excluding Owosso and Caledonia townships – by July 24.

Owosso and Caledonia townships are excluded because they handle their own planning and zoning requests.

The number of required signatures is based on 15 percent of all votes cast for governor in the 2014 gubernatorial election in those townships.

The changes to the ordinance adopted by commissioners in June specified:

n The acceptable noise level produced by a turbine was set at 45 decibels, measured from a “non-participating” property line – meaning property for which the owner has not signed an agreement with a company.

n A wind turbine must be set back 350 percent of its height from the property line of a non-participating owner.

n Turbines have to be designed, placed and operated in a way that does not produce “shadow flicker” on a non-participating parcel of land.

n A wind turbine can be no taller than 450 feet.

Source:  By Sally York, Argus-Press Staff Writer | www.argus-press.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.