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July 3, 2013

County mulls wind ordinance changes

Howard County commissioner says 'Everything is on the table'

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“We’re having an ongoing dialogue with E.ON,” he said.

Moore said the county could terminate an economic development agreement with E.ON that already has been approved. He said E.ON suing for breach of contract is a concern.

Grace Aprill, an opponent of the wind farm development, said she was surprised by the commissioners’ announcement, but is waiting to see what the recommendations will encompass.

“We’re tentatively happy,” she said. “There were no specifics provided.”

Aprill has delivered petitions to the commissioners signed by more than 900 people opposed to wind farm development in Howard County.

She anticipates a change in the setback requirement.

The current setback allows a wind turbine to be placed 1,050 feet from a dwelling. E.ON is proposing a 1,250-foot setback.

“A setback of 1,250 feet from the property line, instead of a dwelling is more acceptable,” Aprill said.

E.ON officials declined to comment.

The Tipton County Board of Zoning Appeals in March approved a conditional use permit for the proposed Prairie Breeze Wind Farm in northwestern Tipton County. In granting approval, the BZA imposed a 1,500-foot setback from a nonparticipating property line and required a property value guarantee from juwi Wind.

The company has requested modifications to the conditional use permit including: changing the setback to 1,400 feet from a residence and 750 feet from the property line of non-participating property owners and 1,250 feet from the residence of participating property owners.

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

The maximum amount juwi would be required to spend on the guarentee is $1 million.

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