“RES told Wabash County officials they could work with their half mile setbacks, but not their noise limit, and asked that Wabash make their noise limit higher for them. Wabash’s response? They INCREASED their setbacks from 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile, KEPT the noise limit at 32 decibels and changed the ordinance to ZERO shadow flicker.”- Pulaski and Jasper County IN Property Rights
Wabash County revises wind farm regulation relating to ‘shadow flicker’
Wabash Plain Dealer 12/22/2017
The Wabash County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved changes to a county ordinance regulating the use of personal and industrial wind turbines. The changes come at time when several northern Indiana counties are embroiled in controversy over a proposed industrial wind farm.
The Wabash County Commissioners’ decision was unanimous, based on the recommendation of the Wabash County Plan Commission.
The ordinance was first adopted in 2010 when wind farm were starting to grow in popularity, County Plan Commission Director Mike Howard told the Plain Dealer last week. The ordinance has since been revised several times, the latest of which addresses concerns of what critics call a “shadow flicker” caused when the sun sets behind a windmill.
Previous iterations of the ordinance allowed for 15 minutes of shadow flicker a day for five calendar days per year, but the revised ordinance prohibits any shadow flicker. It also establishes stricter setback requirements.