Cortlandville Planners Critical of Town's Proposed Wind Law, Call For More Restrictive Setbacks
The Town of Cortlandville planning Board will take the next month to develop comments concerning a proposed wind ordinance that would regulate power generating wind towers in the town.
Last night planners began discussing their opinions of the proposed ordinance, as well as their opinions of a proposed industrial wind farm that is looking to locate in Cortlandville, as well as the Towns of Homer, Solon, and Truxton.
Some board members felt that the Towns proposed wind regulations drafted by a committee of Town Board members and Town Attorney John Folmer along with Engineers from Clough Harbor Associates are woefully inadequate; specially planners pointed to the set-back requirements saying they are not far enough as proposed.
Board member Nick Renzi was critical of the County Planning Boards review of the draft regulations, he too felt that the set-back requirements should be greater and that the Town should have started with a more comprehensive approach to the regulations, he says the proposed law looks to allow wind projects in the town rather than coming from an objective perspective.
Cortlandville’s wind law which may become a model for the other impacted towns calls for setbacks for industrial towers to be over 13 hundred feet for all off site homes and structures. The industrial towers must be 12 hundred feet from any onsite homes. The setbacks increase to 25 hundred feet for schools and hospitals.
Planning Board Chair Kathy Wickwire is concerned that allowing commercial turbines will create multiple industrial sites in residential and agriculturally zoned areas of the town.
The review of the proposed wind law comes as wind farm developer T-C-I Renewables continues to press forward with the environmental review of the Crown City Wind Farm. The company wants to put up nearly 50, 500 foot tall turbines on land in the four towns and the County owned landfill.