Yates holds hearing this evening for revisions to wind energy facilities law

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 April 2016 at 12:00 am

Town also seeks moratorium on turbines until zoning updated

YATES – The Town Board is inviting the public to comment on proposed changes to the local law for wind energy facilities. There will be a 7 p.m. hearing today at Lyndonville High School Auditorium, 77 Housel Avenue.

The town is working to amend its local law from 2008. Since that law was passed, Apex Clean Energy has approached landowners in Yates and neighboring Somerset to construct about 70 wind turbines that would peak at more than 600 feet high.

Yates is also having a hearing this evening at 7 on a proposed moratorium on the wind facilities law. The town seeks a moratorium on wind energy facilities while it updates its zoning regulations, reviews the Yates-Carlton-Kendall Local Waterfront
Revitalization Plan, and also updates the Town Comprehensive Plan.

The revamped wind energy facilities law will promote the public health, safety and welfare through the establishment of standards and review processes that will regulate the installation of wind energy conversion systems in the Town of Yates, town officials said in a notice about the law.

Yates officials are seeking a law that “minimizes adverse impacts on the town’s character, environment, economy and property values.”