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June 26, 2013

Zoning board to hear wind request

Tipton Co. developer seeks to change conditions of permit.

TIPTON – The Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals has agreed to hear a request from developer juwi Wind to modify conditions on a permit for the proposed Prairie Breeze Wind Farm.

Steve Edson, director of the Tipton County Planning Commission, said the county attorney has determined the BZA is legally allowed to hear the modification request affecting the proposed development in Jefferson and Liberty townships.

In March, the Tipton County BZA approved a conditional use permit for the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm with conditions that included a 1,500-foot setback from the property line of non-participating property owners and a property value guarantee.

Juwi Wind on May 23 sought to modify the setback requirement and submitted a property value guarantee plan to the BZA.

The company wants to change the setback to 1,400 feet from a residence and 750 feet from the property line of non-participating properties and 1,250 feet from the residence of participating property owners.

The company submitted a property value guarantee that will cover residential property within three-quarters of a mile of a wind turbine and involve only the first sale after Prairie Breeze goes into operation.

Part of the submitted plan puts the property value at between 100 and 115 percent of what the property appraises for, and juwi Wind can make an offer to purchase the property. The plan only goes into effect if there is more than 10 percent difference in the sale price and the property’s appraisal value.

Juwi Wind’s liability would be capped at $1 million for the property value guarantee.

Edson said the three alternates and two BZA members who granted the conditional use permit for the project will consider the requested modifications. The three alternates were Carroll Cohee, Neil Planalp and Robert Powell. Regular BZA members included Jerry Acres and Frank Zickmund.

No date has been set for the BZA to consider the requested modifications.

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