Any future expansion of the already operating Wildcat Wind Farm in eastern Tipton County would be covered by the proposed changes.
However, the proposed Prairie Breeze Wind Farm in northwestern Tipton County would be governed by the current ordinance, VanBibber added.
“I know what the intent is,” VanBibber, a member of the plan commission, said of the changes. “We want to make sure this accomplishes that.”
Tipton County has a moratorium in place on the development of any future wind farms through Dec. 31.
Nancy Cline, wife of Commissioner Mike Cline, called the process of rewriting the wind ordinance flawed.
She said the process has been manipulated and there has been a lack of transparency. Cline said wind farm opponents have attempted to sway decision makers.
“The CRD (Tipton County Citizens for Responsible Development) has brought unfounded conflict of interest allegations,” she said.
“Jerry Acres, Jim Ashley and Helen Tragesser have huge conflicts of interest,” Cline said of the chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals and two members of the plan commission. Cline didn’t state what the conflicts of interest were.
Cline said a large number of people attending the public hearings were not Tipton County residents and the CRD wanted to create the illusion that they’re in the majority.
She said the plan commission should go back to the drawing board and rewrite the ordinance.