County Planners Pass Cincinnatus Wind Ordinance, Suggest Further Changes
The Cortland County Planning Board has approved the Town of Cincinnatus proposed wind ordinance that when adopted will put regulations in place for commercial and residential wind turbines.
County planners had initially reviewed the towns wind law last year, but it was sent back for further revisions.
The law as proposed requires the developers of all wind towers to receive a special permit from the Town Board.
Commercial wind towers will only be allowed in areas zoned for agricultural use, the towers are subject to the state environmental quality review process, the developer must demonstrate that the towers will not interfere with any communication equipment , that includes emergency communications, cell towers and residential TV antennas.
Noise from the towers cannot exceed 50 decibels when measured from the nearest residential structure, applicants for towers must provide digital 3-D maps showing the visual impact of the towers from 3 miles away and must show the shadow or flicker effect from the towers.
County planners also urged the town to consider increasing the setback requirements for the towers from existing structures in order to reduce potential noise impacts and to reduce the potential for shadow flicker.
The County Planners also suggested the town consider waiving setback requirements from property lines of an adjoining property which that is also leased or owned by the wind tower developer.
The proposed set back requirement for the towers is 150 % of the total tower height.
Planners suggested that the developer be required to provide the fire department and other first responders with the locations of all emergency shutdowns. The towers must include breaking or feathering down equipment to stop uncontrolled spinning, and must be fenced in.
Planners say the Town should adopt a road use agreement law which requires the developers or large scale wind projects to set money aside to repair any damage to local roads that may occur during the construction process.
The town will hold public hearing on the law before adoption.