Could there be residential wind
turbines in Logan County’s future?
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[July 12, 2016]
- At the conclusion of the Logan County Board’s Planning and Zoning
Committee meeting on Wednesday evening, Committee Chairman Pat
O’Neill introduced a topic for discussion. O’Neill said some
residents have asked about putting wind turbines on their personal
Committeeman Kevin Bateman said he has considered having one on
his property, but is concerned about noise levels. He said one in
Mount Pulaski is very loud.
Committeeman Dave Blankenship said he is in favor of residential
turbines, but would like to see regulation for guide wires, and
whether or not they are horizontal or vertical. He said vertical
turbines are quieter.
Zoning Officer Will D’Andrea said ordinances already allow turbines
as accessory use in agriculturally zoned districts. He said there
must be a small set-back and guidewires cannot be within five feet.
Board member Miles Craig said the ordinance would need to be changed
to allow wind turbines in residential districts.
Blankenship said he has no problem with allowing wind turbines in
residential districts, but feels noise standards may be needed. He
said decibels would need to be considered.
Committeeman Gene Rohlfs said maybe turbines in residential areas
should be restricted to vertical turbines.
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Bateman said he would want to see the size and type of the turbines.
D’Andrea said the committee would need to specify standards such as noise and
The committee will discuss the issue further in upcoming months.
Committee members present were Chairman Pat O'Neill, Vice Chairman Emily
Davenport, Kevin Bateman, Dave Blankenship, Gene Rohlfs; Board Chairman, David
Hepler and Zoning Officer Will D'Andrea. Guests were Joe Malek of WC Media in
Springfield, Rick Farney and Andy Evers from Four Corner’s Lube, and board
members Scott Schaffenacker and Miles Craig.
The next Planning and Zoning Committee meeting will be Wednesday, August 4, 2016
at 6:00 p.m.