County In South Dakota To Revise Wind Energy Ordinances

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Officials from a county in central South Dakota have decided to revise wind energy development ordinances after much public debate.

The Pierre Capital Journal reports that the Hughes County Planning and Zoning Commission made the decision Monday after holding a public forum to take questions and discussion on the issue.

The debate landed in Hughes County this spring after several ranchers and farmers leased land to a California company planning to develop two wind farms south of Harrold. It led to a six-month halt on development.

Residents opposing the wind farms worry that neighboring landowners may allow windmills to be built, diminishing their own land and causing health concerns.

One revision increases the setback distance of windmills from a neighbor’s residence from 1,000 feet to 1,400 feet.

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