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SW IA county leaves wind turbine ordinance intact


January 14th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — After months of discussion and two public hearings, the board of supervisors in one southwest Iowa county has decided to leave the county wind turbine ordinance as is. Chuck Morris is chairman of the Page County Board of Supervisors.

“Whichever way we land, we’ve got people pretty upset and we understand that,” Morris says. Today’s (Tuesday’s) decision comes after the supervisors held public meetings in both Clarinda and Shenandoah last month to gather feedback on wind turbines in the county.

The current ordinance requires there to be 15-hundred feet between a wind turbine and any home on neighboring property. Supervisor Jon Herzberg says increasing the setback much more would effectively end wind energy possibilities in the county. “A 1600-feet setback is about the most you can go, otherwise the wind energy company won’t come in,” he said.

Page County resident Jane Stimson accused the supervisors of siding with big corporations and absentee landowners. “I think you’re looking out for them more than you’re looking out for those of us who’ve been in families for generations in this county,” she said. “…You’re just selling us out.”

The county ordinance does require a setback from non-participating property lines that’s equal to one-point-one times the height of the turbine.