The commissioners passed Resolution No. 2014 BCCR-17 directing and requiring the Howard County Plan Commission to propose amendments to county ordinances pertaining to wind energy facilities.
Howard Co Plan Commission Recommends Four Wind Ordinance Changes.
- The Plan Commission recommends no changes be made to Article 5.65 concerning Small Wind Facilities
- The Plan Commission recommends amending Article 5.66(D) and 5.67(G)(l) to change the set back from 1500 feet to 2000 feet from the nearest Occupied Building
- The Plan Commission recommends that the sound standard for a medium and large Wind Energy Facility as set out in Article 5.67(P)(l) be amended to not exceed 40 dBA, rather than 50, as measured at the exterior of any Occupied Building on a non-participating landowner's property
- The Plan Commission recommends that all large wind turbines be placed under special exception uses in all zones which have medium and large Wind Energy Facilities in the Howard County Zoning Ordinance
- The Plan Commission recommends that Article 5 .67(P) be amended to add: "3) Light shields shall be placed on all exterior lights
According to Paul Wyman, as reported in the Kokomo Tribune, the Howard County Commissioners will vote on the changes at their January 5, 2015 4:00 pm meeting (see article below).
We strongly oppose the position taken on setbacks. As written, Howard County would have some of the weakest setback protections in Indiana. Larger wind turbines continue to be developed, and greater protection is necessary for non-participating property owners' future private property development. Informed voters should attend, and urge setbacks to be changed to what are becoming newer and safer standards. We recommend setbacks comparable to Whitley County (see below).
Here are current setback ordinances of several Indiana counties Setbacks