Village wants more time to study wind turbines

By on December 4, 2009

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board extended its six-month moratorium on windmills and wind turbines for another six months on Tuesday, but that does not mean they are not interested.

According to Sugar Grove Community Development Director Rich Young, the board passed a moratorium in July so village staff would have time to prepare an ordinance that would properly regulate the devices. Young said he and his staff have been researching the topic, including reviewing the ordinances of other communities.

“Woodstock has a good example, and the county has one that is evolving,” he said. “Although we’re asking for another six-month extension, my hope is that we’ll be ahead of the curve on that.”

Trustee Tom Renk said that he has seen wind turbines in many locations.

“They’re starting to pop up everywhere,” he said. “We do need to get in front of this sooner rather than later.”

The village has not received any requests for permits for these types of uses. The ordinance would have to go through a public hearing before the Plan Commission and then receive board approval.