Ida Zoning Commission approves recommendations for conditional use permits

The Ida County Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing at the Rosemary Clausen Center for Performing Arts in Holstein Aug. 3 to address a petition from Concerned Citizens of Ida County.

Approximately 160 individuals attended the public forum to hear pros and cons on wind turbines. Commission members present were Mike Bergman of Arthur, Denny Johnson of Ida Grove, Kathy Vollmar of Holstein, Doug Barry of Holstein, Lydia Peterson of Battle Creek and Donna Forbes of Ida Grove.

The commission heard comments from several Ida County residents and Mike Blazer, senior vice president and chief legal officer for Invenergy, before making its decision.

On motion, the commission voted five to one to not accept the petition and approved two amendments for conditional use wind farm permits. Johnson cast the nay vote. The two amendments approved will be sent to the Ida County Board of Supervisors as a recommendation. The amendments would increase the setback of the turbines to 1,500-feet from a residence (currently 1,250-feet) and establish a complaint call log.

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