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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

February 21, 2020 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Attorney wraps up testimony for windmill opponents

Attendees of the continuing hearing about Broad Mountain Power company’s wind farm proposal for the top of Broad Mountain in Packer Township were given a break of sorts, as opponents’ attorney Bruce Anders wrapped up the testimony for the opponents at the Feb. 6 session before Packer Township’s Zoning Hearing Board. He did so by presenting a list of his 235 clients – the objectors – and where they are located from the proposed site and turbines. With the list comes a . . . Complete story »

February 20, 2020 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Schuylkill Co. commissioners OK zoning ordinance changes

POTTSVILLE – Public opinion and a legal deadline combined to influence the Schuylkill County commissioners to vote Wednesday to adopt a curative amendment to the zoning ordinance to regulate medical marijuana, natural gas compressors and wind turbines. The 2-0 vote – Commissioner Frank J. Staudenmeier was absent – creates specific zones in municipalities subject to county zoning rules where those facilities can be built, Assistant County Solicitor Glenn Roth said after the commissioners meeting, which attracted about 20 spectators. “It’s going to create . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2020 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Pros, cons of curative amendment to zoning ordinance weighed

POTTSVILLE – Two distinct camps emerged following a public hearing Tuesday regarding a curative amendment to the Schuylkill County zoning ordinance. On one side were citizens who thanked the county for addressing what they said were needed zoning ordinance improvements to protect public safety. On the other were citizens who supported alternative energy efforts and who thought the curative amendment was heavy-handed in regard to wind turbines, but very light when addressing natural gas compressor stations and medical marijuana facilities. The . . . Complete story »

January 31, 2020 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Hegins Township revises amendment; draft available to public for review

Hegins Township supervisors will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, to consider revisions to the township’s curative zoning amendment. Many of those changes suggested by the supervisors are less restrictive than those proposed in the first draft, and fall more in line with what a wind energy developer had suggested as a fix. A copy of the 19-page, updated version of the amendment is available in the municipal office at 421 Gap St., Valley View, for . . . Complete story »

January 30, 2020 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Commission forwards amendment with revisions; public hearing scheduled

POTTSVILLE – The Schuylkill County Planning Commission announced a public hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the courthouse to address changes the commission recommended to the county’s curative zoning amendment. During a special meeting Wednesday, the commission heard more comments on the curative amendment, specific to wind turbines, medical marijuana facilities and compressor stations. Charlie S. Schmehl, the Bethlehem land use consultant the county hired to draft the amendment, offered highlights of the 8-page draft Wednesday. . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2020 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine company sues Schuylkill

Clean Air Generation and Anthracite Ridge, the companies that want to build a wind turbine project in Schuylkill County, are suing the county’s Planning Commission in light of the pending curative amendment to the county zoning ordinance. On Sept. 4, the Schuylkill County Commissioners adopted a resolution declaring the county’s existing ordinance “to be substantively invalid with respect to use of property” for business ventures such as wind turbines, natural gas compression stations and facilities associated with medicinal marijuana. The . . . Complete story »

January 24, 2020 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Hegins Twp. mulls curative amendment targeting wind energy

VALLEY VIEW – After two hours of testimony Thursday on a proposed curative amendment to the township’s zoning ordinance, Hegins Township supervisors voted to continue the public hearing to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The amendment would address wind turbines and provide for land planning, installation and construction of wind energy facilities within the township, and set conditions to protect the public health, safety and welfare of its residents. Testimony included how any potential wind turbines erected could impact operations at . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2020 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Schuylkill releases draft of curative amendment

During a meeting last week, the Schuylkill County Planning Commission released a draft for the proposed “curative amendment” to the county’s zoning ordinance which would change the use of wind turbines from “allowed by right” to requiring a “special exception.” In September, the Schuylkill County Commissioners adopted a resolution declaring the existing ordinance “to be substantively invalid with respect to use of property” for business ventures such as wind turbines, natural gas compression stations and dispensing facilities for medicinal marijuana. . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2020 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine zoning provisions

Examples of such provisions regarding setbacks, noise and removal include: Any wind turbine shall be setback from the nearest existing occupied dwelling on another lot a distance not less than four times the total wind turbine height, unless a written notarized waiver is provided by the principal owner of such building. The setback shall be measured from the base of the turbine to the nearest part of such building. This provision shall apply to occupied dwellings that existed prior to . . . Complete story »

January 21, 2020 • PennsylvaniaPrint storyE-mail story

Hegins Township Planning Commission defers on curative amendment

The Hegins Township Planning Commission chose not to make a recommendation to the supervisors on the curative amendment for the township’s zoning ordinance. That amendment addresses where wind turbines are permitted within the township. The commission, including Guy Julian, Ashley Miller, Bernard Spece and Justin Edling, held a continuation of its public meeting from Jan. 9 on Thursday, but decided to send the draft forward to the supervisors without comment. Meanwhile, the township supervisors are scheduled to meet at 6 . . . Complete story »

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