What is the future for Tipton County?
Some 12 months ago, the Board of Commissioners instructed the planning commission to consider revisions to the ordinance regulating wind energy conversion systems in Tipton County. After numerous meetings by the County Planning Commission and with its recommendations forwarded to the BOC, the commissioners are expected to take action on the changes at their next meeting, Monday, Jan. 27, at 9 a.m.
The ordinance, in its proposed form, is considerably more restrictive than the current version. Some proponents of further development say prohibitively so. But, after months of meetings, public hearings, community discussions and public scrutiny, the BOC will accept, reject or amend the recommendations of the planning commission.
And it will come down to the vote of one commissioner. Commissioner VanBibber has been clear in his concern about continued wind turbine development; Cline, steadfast in support; Commissioner Heron, his decision will affect the entire county for decades … or longer.
In the months of discussions regarding revisions to the ordinance, I have been awed, discouraged, bewildered and understanding of those who have expressed absolute opposition to further development and, at the same time, for many reasons, have been reluctant to speak out with their concern.
If wind-produced electricity is in the future of our county, our nation, our community, it will be in 10, 20 or 50 years as well. Given the difficulties currently being encountered in the Wildcat Wind Farm, questions regarding the viability of wind energy and uncertainty of the effects on property values, it would seem caution, at the very least, would be in order.
I urge all residents of Tipton County to express your opinion on this matter; it is most important to the future prosperity and quality of life for all members of the community.
I encourage you to contact Mr. Heron and express your opinion, one way or another. You would be providing a service, not only to Mr. Heron, but to your fellow citizens as well.