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A Tale of Two Indiana Plan Commissions:
 Howard County vs. Huntington County

January 27, 2015 | HCCC Webmaster 

Reference:
"Changes Ahead for Wind Ordinance" | kokomoperspective.com

For the past year HCCC has been working on behalf of Huntington County residents in an effort to protect their quality of life from the encroachment of industrial wind turbine developments.  Comprehensive research has been presented to the Huntington Co. Plan Commission which clearly demonstrates the necessity of much stronger wind ordinance protections for our citizens.  Unfortunately the Huntington PC has discounted or ignored the majority of this evidence, and instead forwarded recommendations to the Huntington Co. Commissioners that we believe do not provide adequate safeguards for our residents.

For a comparison(see table below), consider that during this same timeframe, the Howard County Plan Commission was considering similar evidence and chose to recommend much stronger protections for their own citizens.  Howard County's PC recommendations are part of the growing trend toward larger setbacks and lower noise level requirements for industrial wind turbines throughout Indiana.

You can learn more about the Howard County PC's recommendations in the article below titled "Changes Ahead for Wind Ordinance".
Comparison of Plan Commission Recommendations
  Howard
County PC
Huntington
County PC
Wind Turbine
Sound/Noise Level
40 decibels(dB) 50 decibels(dB)
Flashing Red Light Shielding
Protection
All wind turbines will require shielding to minimize annoyance and visibility from the ground None
Wind Turbine Zoning Industrial wind turbines allowed by special exception only. Each IWT must be reviewed individually Rezoning of the county into a skeleton framework of industrial zones to allow for IWT development
Wind Turbine Setback Increase from
1500 ft to 2000 ft
1000 ft





Changes Ahead for Wind Ordinance
Commissioners to consider increasing restrictions on wind farms

By Pat MunseyIndustrial Wind Turbine
December 31, 2014 - kokomoperspective.com

The Howard County Commissioners are set to consider changes to the county’s wind turbine ordinance. If adopted, it is very possible that an industrial wind farm never will be constructed here.

The commissioners were expected to hear recommendations to change the ordinance at their Dec. 29 meeting. This follows a meeting of the Howard County Plan Commission, which studied the issue this fall. The commissioners requested in August that the plan commission study the issue and make recommendations on the ordinance within 90 days. That deadline passed, but in December, the plan commission made its proposed changes known.

“We went over it several times and came up with what we think is good and fair for everyone,” said plan commission director Greg Sheline. “The commissioners redid the economic development agreement with e.On, and we worked from that agreement.”

The changes will affect larger-scale wind farms, but not individual windmills used for residences, schools, or businesses. The most important change to the ordinance is how wind turbines are treated from a zoning standpoint. Currently, a wind turbine may be erected on industrial and agricultural land as an accepted use. With the proposed change, a wind turbine will require a special exception in order to be placed anywhere in Howard County.

This means the plan commission will consider each turbine individually and allow for public comment.

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