A consent application has been filed for a 24-turbine wind farm proposed for the northern end of the Kaimai Ranges.
The turbines would be at Tirohia, near Paeroa, and the largest would be 207 metres high – with the blade tip standing upright. The country’s next biggest are those at Te Uku, which stand 130m tall to the tip.
Kaimai Wind Farm Limited is behind the bid and has applied for resource consent through Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional Council.
The proposed wind farm area spans 1304 hectares, bordered by Rotokohu Road, Paeroa and SH26 Tirohia.
Council is still checking over the applications, a statement from Hauraki District Mayor John Tregidga said, but will provide regular updates.
“We understand there is a high level of interest in this project and we’ll make sure people have every opportunity to give us feedback on this proposal when the time comes. Details of how and when you can do this will be advertised in the newspapers, on our Facebook page, and also posted on our website” he said.
It’s likely Hauraki District Council will appoint independent commissioners to decide whether to give consent, a release said.
The proposal is to build 24 wind turbines.
Seven of them will be 180 metres high – measured to the blade tip when standing upright – and the remaining 17 of them would be 207 metres high.
Kaimai Wind Farm Ltd also wants to build a substation, two lattice transmission towers, two overhead power lines, and 18.9km of on-site roading – plus two on-site quarries to supply material for the roads.
The resource consent applications to the Waikato Regional Council are to do with land use, such as earthworks, the removal of vegetation, culvert upgrades, and to permit the discharge of surplus soil and surface water associated with the construction phase of the project.
Kaimai Wind Farm Ltd asked for its applications to be publicly notified – meaning the community gets to have a say in written submissions.
Once staff check over the documentation, information about what is proposed will be available on council websites, a statement said.
There will also be hard copies in Hauraki District Council offices and libraries in Waihi and Paeroa.
Anyone considered to be directly affected will be notified by post, council said.
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