Look at wind ordinance continues

CLINTON — Members of the county board’s land use committee covered more ground Monday during a work session as they progress toward adjusting the county’s wind energy ordinance.

Throughout the summer, land use members have scrutinized language in the ordinance to give the county as much control as possible in light of the state’s 2023 wind energy mandate.  Essentially, counties cannot enact wind facility rules that contradict state regulations.

As members met Monday, they also await any proposed changes coming forward from the county’s Regional Planning Commission (RPC) to avoid any confusion in rewriting the final language.

In March, DeWitt County State’s Attorney Dan Markwell advised the land use committee to not change language in the county’s ordinance.  At that time, committee members were looking for a more exacting description about when and how long it would take for operators of the Alta Farms II wind energy facility to curtail its wind turbines. 

• Read the complete story in the Friday, Sept. 15 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.