Draft Wind Turbine Regulations Up For Discussion November 12
Planning Commission holds special meeting with public hearing
The Estes Valley Planning Commission will hold a special meeting on November 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, located at 170 MacGregor Avenue. The public is invited to attend and comment as Commissioners consider draft regulations on small-scale residential wind turbines based on input received in a recent public survey.
The draft regulations will serve as a framework for discussion. Proposed regulations include a limit of one wind turbine installation per lot with a maximum height of 50 feet and a property line setback of at least three times the unit height. Also proposed is that inoperative units should be removed by the owner within 6 months of becoming inoperative.
Public input has been the driving force for the issue of wind turbines in Estes Park. Town staff recently conducted a voluntary-response survey related to wind turbines that received 804 responses. Results indicate that the majority (65.1%) do not want wind turbines to be banned by the Estes Valley Development Code. Of that majority, 53.7% want wind turbines to be regulated. 32.4% of respondents want to see wind turbines banned outright.
The Planning Commission will continue wind turbine discussions at its regular meeting on November 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Town Board Room. Commissioners have the option to recommend to Town Trustees a ban on wind turbines, the adoption of regulations or to have no regulations at all.
The temporary moratorium on wind turbine installations passed by the Town Board will continue as the issues are reviewed. The moratorium prohibits the issuance of building permits for wind turbines within Town limits until December 9, 2009 unless amended or terminated by the Town Board. It does not affect the construction of turbines for which a permit has already been issued.
Renewable Energy Survey results are available for viewing at www.estes.org. Visitors to the site can click on the Renewable Energy Survey link to view the results. For more information, call the Town of Estes Park Public Information Office at 970-577-3701. To receive Town news by e-mail, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.