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WIND: Proposed ordinance under review

January 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — With the matter in discussion since March 2010, the Whitley County Plan Commission finally began revising it’s zoning ordinance to add regulations for wind energy conversion systems (WESC).

The commission met Wednesday for a rescheduled session to review and offer proposed amendments to a draft which, if approved, will put standards in place should a wind company seek the opportunity to make an economic investment in Whitley County.

“We certainly have not come to a precise conclusion up to this point,” said Planning and Building Department Executive Director Dave Sewel.

In December of last year, the commission agreed to use a previous draft as a starting point to hammer out specifics of the ordinance addition. “We need to decide as a commission how we should proceed based upon the input the commission has been given and presented over the last two years,” Sewell said.

According to Sewell, the regulations will either support and encourage growth, or discourage it as it pertains to economic development projects.

The proposed adjustments are being added to the ordinance and the commission will hold another review at the February meeting.
A public hearing is expected shortly thereafter.
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