GH planners ask for revisions to draft wind energy ordinance

The Grand Haven Planning Commission has decided to make changes to a proposed ordinance that would regulate the placement of wind energy turbines within the city. Currently, provisions regarding wind energy are in other city ordinances, and the new ordinance would put them into one centralized spot. Grand Haven officials used the Ottawa County's model wind ordinance as a template for creating the proposed ordinance.
Alex Doty
Jun 15, 2011


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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