ST. JOHNS, Mich. (AP) — A judge has struck down local ordinances that would have put restrictions on a $120 million wind energy project in central Michigan.
The Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/1acd6f0 ) says Clinton County Circuit Judge Randy Tahvonen released a ruling Tuesday that strikes down ordinances passed by three townships.
Tahvonen says developer Forest Hill Energy is correct and that all provisions of the Bengal, Dallas and Essex township ordinances infringe on the county's zoning powers.
Developers announced the proposed wind power project in 2008, and officials then reviewed and rewrote county zoning rules to accommodate it. The project calls for 39 wind turbines, which will be 427 feet at the top of the blade rotation.
Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com