|Kosciusko County planners vote to toughen wind farm ordinance|
Mark Howe, Times-Union Staff Writer
Kosciusko County’s Area Plan Commission voted Wednesday to recommend to the county commissioners a series of amendments to the ordinance regarding wind power. If adopted by the commission, the revised ordinances will make it much more difficult to establish a wind farm in the county.
Among the changes, amendments would limit construction of turbines on land zoned Industrial III; increase the setbacks from property lines; regulate the height, noise level, vibration, shadow flicker and glare from night lights of towers; and require bond amounts for site abandonment and the decommissioning of tower sites.
The board also seeks to establish provisions to protect roads from heavy-truck traffic related to construction areas; tighten fire prevention and emergency response plans; and require the submission of maintenance logs to the county’s planning office.
Changes to the county’s solar farm ordinance were also approved.
The moves came after Lynn Studebaker spoke to the APC in August, encouraging the board to recommend either to ban or regulate industrial wind turbines. She cited declining property values, quality of life, environmental and remediation issues during her presentation.
Dan Richard, area plan director, said that despite advertising the changes to the ordinance, no one came forward to oppose the revisions.