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Iberdrola plans more towers -11/7/2007, 11:41 PM

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Kansas has wind potential, if it is willing to act on it -10/23/2007, 11:26 PM

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Wind farm company considers paying neighbors -9/13/2007, 11:26 PM

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Wind farm decision towering -8/31/2007, 10:41 AM

Wind farm decision Sept. 4 -8/28/2007, 2:48 PM

CPV rep won't be at meeting -8/23/2007, 11:51 AM

Wind decision later this month ... maybe -8/15/2007, 4:18 PM

Springview wind turbines to be retired -7/17/2007, 10:35 AM

Commissioners: Wind farm's fate will wait -7/16/2007, 3:01 PM

Legislature studies effects of wind farms on health -7/15/2007, 4:05 PM

Protest petitions to be discussed -7/15/2007, 4:06 PM

Landowners may get offer from wind company -7/13/2007, 3:01 PM

Vandals deface wind signs -7/2/2007, 3:01 PM

Another wind farm petition reaches county clerk's desk -6/28/2007, 3:06 PM

Protest petition being verified -6/25/2007, 3:06 PM

Advocate of wind says make effort -6/21/2007, 3:06 PM

Supporters file own petition for wind farm -6/20/2007, 3:01 PM

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Opponents gain legal assistance -6/18/2007, 3:06 PM

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Commission addresses wind protest petition -6/11/2007, 3:06 PM

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Wind talk brings many voices -5/23/2007, 3:06 PM

Wind power bills just hot air, environmentalists say -5/23/2007, 3:01 PM

Attorney discusses wind farm with commissioners -5/21/2007, 3:01 PM

Wind meeting resumes Wednesday at Ellis County Fairgrounds -5/21/2007, 3:01 PM

Wind farm, zoning cause concerns -5/18/2007, 3:06 PM

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Concerns fly about birds -5/15/2007, 3:06 PM

Where the wind blows -5/10/2007, 3:06 PM

CPV says turbines will be pulled back -5/8/2007, 3:01 PM

How other counties in Kansas are benefiting from wind farms -5/8/2007, 3:01 PM

Wind farm gets economical endorsement -5/8/2007, 3:01 PM

Neighbors voice opposition to wind farm -5/3/2007, 3:06 PM

Wind farms can generate more power, but may be deadly to bats and birds -5/3/2007, 4:03 PM

Opponents air wind concerns -5/2/2007, 3:06 PM

Location selection due to wind surveys -4/30/2007, 3:06 PM

Tests to determine wind farm's effect on power grid -4/28/2007, 4:13 PM

Wind farm talk gaining more speed -4/24/2007, 4:12 PM

New counsel for wind farm issues -4/17/2007, 4:14 PM

CPV Wind sold to new company -4/11/2007, 4:14 PM

Jeter resigns from wind farm counsel -4/9/2007, 4:21 PM

Commissioners hear wind farm feedback -4/2/2007, 4:16 PM

Weather forces wind meeting's end -3/28/2007, 4:22 PM

Wind farm debate blows into Hays -3/28/2007, 4:10 PM

Commission to discuss wind farm -3/26/2007, 4:22 PM

Developers ready to file for permit -2/28/2007, 4:23 PM

Wind farm application filed -1/6/2007, 4:20 PM

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Gone with the wind

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Gone with the wind

Published on -9/4/2007, 11:16 PM

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By KALEY LYON Hays Daily News In a 2-1 decision, the conditional-use permit application for the proposed wind farm was denied by the Ellis County Commission during today's meeting. Vernon Berens and Dennis Pfannenstiel voted in favor of the conditional-use permit application, while Perry Henman said the county should start the application process over and revisit zoning regulations. "I've been, in the past, for it with conditions. And I've sort of changed my mind on that," Henman said. "I'm pretty much thinking that we need to re-do our zoning rules and regs. They're insufficient." It was standing-room only in the Ellis County commission chambers this morning. More than 40 people and local law enforcement officers were present for the long-awaited decision. Pfannenstiel made a motion in favor of the project, which included several conditions, such as provision of a decommissioning agreement, a road-maintenance agreement and a minimum distance of 2,000 feet from existing residences. Henman said, while this motion is a step in the right direction, the county's zoning regulations need to be improved before such a project should be implemented. "Here's our rules and regulations," Henman said, holding up the 1Ôªø1Ñ2 pages of wind farm-related zoning regulations. "Now we're entering a resolution that's seven pages long. I think the protest people would feel a lot better and there might be less protest if we sat down and did this right from the start." Chairman Berens said he agreed with Henman, to a degree. Berens said that, while zoning regulations might need improvement, there still would be time for negotiation if the permit was granted. "I think this motion is in the right direction. We will never have a perfect set of regulations," Berens said. "The towers aren't up yet. There are some things we need to enter into agreements with. It is up to us to see to it that we implement some of this into our regulations." In accordance with zoning regulations, a unanimous decision would have been required to approve the permit application because of a protest petition filed with the Ellis County clerk in June. Petitions were filed for more than 40 percent of landowners in the area affected by the permit -- 20 percent is needed to require a unanimous vote by county commissioners. Project manager Krista Gordon said she was not surprised by the decision. "We knew that was a possibility," she said. While she said the company has no intention of filing a lawsuit to force the issue, she said it plans to regroup and move ahead with what likely will be another proposal for the wind farm development in Ellis County. "We have no intention of giving up," Gordon said. Iberdrola Renewable Energies USA will have the opportunity to reapply for the zoning permit and start the application process again. In accordance with zoning regulations, the application cannot be reconsidered for at least one year from today. The vote was good news to some. The Ellis County Environmental Awareness Coalition, a group of residents opposing the wind project, were pleased with the outcome. "Throughout this application process, it has become apparent that the Ellis County zoning regulations are severely lacking in content to protect the community from ill-sited developments of this kind," the coalition said in a press release. "Furthermore, the application process itself needs to be revisited, as this development failed to follow the process appropriately." Reporter Kaley Lyon can be reached at (785) 628-1081, Ext. 138, or by e-mail at klyon@dailynews.net.
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