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July 20, 2013

Tipton to consider wind farm moratorium

Plan commission to consider measure

TIPTON - The Tipton Plan Commission could be the next local governmental unit to consider imposing a moratorium on future wind farm development.

The Plan Commission is expected to consider a recommendation to place a moratorium on any wind farms within the two-mile zoning jurisdiction around the city limits at its meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tipton County Courthouse.

If approved the moratorium recommendation would have to be considered for adoption by the Tipton City Council.

Steve Edson, planning director, said several dates regarding the length of a moratorium have been considered, but a determination will be made by the members of the Plan Commission.

Tipton County currently has a moratorium on any new wind farm developments in place until Oct. 1, or the county’s wind farm ordinance is amended.

Last Monday the Howard County Commissioners voted to enact a county-wide moratorium on any further wind farms in the county, with the exception of the already approved E.ON Climate & Renewable project in eastern Howard County.

The only wind farm in operation is the Wildcat Wind Farm developed by E.ON in eastern Tipton, Grant and northern Madison counties. It became operational in December.

The Howard County moratorium doesn’t include E.ON’s plans to expand the Wildcat Wind Farm into the county during phases two and three of the development.

The Howard County commissioners did amend the economic development agreement with E.ON to change the setback requirements to 1,500 feet for non-participating property owners and to 1,250 feet for participating property owners, shield the red warning lights on the turbine towers, noise levels and a payback of $750,000 over the ten year tax abatement granted by the county.

The Tipton County moratorium didn’t include the proposed Prairie Breeze Wind farm being proposed by juwi Wind in the northwestern portion of the county.

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