Altered wind ordinance up for approval

The Whitley County Plan Commission will meet tonight for the first time since tabling a decision last month to pass an ordinance designed to regulate windmills.On Oct. 20, the commission heard a proposed directive called the Whitley County Wind Ordinance.The document was created in response to some interest in Whitley County by companies specializing in wind powerplants.Last month’s meeting drew a packed room of concerned citizens who want to see windmills in the county banned, as well as some who are in favor of the alternative energy.According to Dave Sewell, Executive Director of Planning and Building in the county, the ordinance, with a few revisions, will be up for approval by the commission again at tonight’s meeting.Sewell said there were several revisions to Chapters five and 14.The most notable changes were in Chapter five, Development Standards, reducing the amount of distance from a “non-co-applicant’s dwelling from 1,500 to 1,200 feet and the distance from the tower to a non-co-applicant’s property line.A non-co-applicant is described as a landowner who is not receiving lease payments for allowing the structures to be erected on their property.The proposed new standard for the distance between the windmill and an adjacent “non-co-applicant property is 1.1 times the height of the tower at its tallest point.The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Whitley County Government Building.