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GH planners ask for revisions to draft wind energy ordinance

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 10:58 AM

Planning commissioners have asked City Planner Kristin Keery to make wind energy turbines a special land use in all zoning districts. This latest change in the draft ordinance is result of some planning commissioners being concerned about wind turbines appearing all around town without any regard to such things as safety and aesthetics.

Planning Commissioner Mark Hills said he is a proponent of alternative energy, but he has concerns about whether some of the technology was appropriate for the city and whether there might be safety issues.

“I think that would make the city dangerous,” Hills said.

A public hearing regarding the changes to the proposed zoning ordinance is scheduled to take place during the July 12 Planning Commission meeting. If approved by the commission, the ordinance would be sent to City Council for its consideration.

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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