Ida County supervisors approve wind turbine rules

At an Aug. 28 meeting, with about 40 interested members of the public in attendance, Ida County supervisors voted two to one to move forward with the planning and zoning board of appeals’ recommendations on any future proposed wind turbine projects.

Voting in favor of the recommendations were Supervisors Rhett Leonard and Creston Schubert. Supervisor Ray Drey voted against.

The recommendations include: the minimum separation distance shall be 1,500-feet from an occupied residence; the purchaser of the wind farm shall make accommodations for a call-complaint hotline and present a log of complaints, responses and actions taken to the county on a monthly basis and the developer shall place turbines so that there is a maximum of 30 hours of light flicker on an occupied residence per year.

The existing ordinance already states noise shall not exceed 50 decibels at an occupied residence.

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