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Town Board Places Temporary Moratorium On Wind Turbines

Town-NEWS-LOGOEditors Note: Received from the Town on Wednesday afternoon, 8/12/09

At their August 11 meeting, the Estes Park Town Board passed a resolution imposing a temporary moratorium on the issuance of building permits for wind turbines within Town limits.  Effective immediately, the moratorium will continue for 120 days unless amended or terminated by the Town Board.  It will not affect the construction of turbines for which a permit has already been issued.  Further, the Community Development Department has received no additional applications for a permit that would be affected.

The purpose of the moratorium is to allow the Town to hear public comment regarding the installation and operation of small-scale residential wind turbines within the Town limits.  After reviewing public input, the Town Board can consider the adoption of any necessary regulations addressing any negative impacts of wind turbine location and operation. The Community Development Department held the first public forum in April, 2009 followed by another on August 13.

For more information, call the Town of Estes Park Community Development Department at 970-577-3721 or visit  To receive Town news in your e-mail inbox, please e-mail

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