Problem Small lot sizes Solution No minimum lot size required
Problem Height limitations/clearance Solution Residential Districts = max. 100ft. All other Districts = based on site specifications and ability to meet requirements.
Problem Setbacks Solution A distance equal to or greater than its extended height or A distance at which sound does not exceed 30dB, whichever is greater
Problem Noise Solution Not to exceed 30dB as measured at point along the property line.
Problem High Speed Wind Safety (i.e. Tornados and wind storms) Solutions Redundant Breaking Systems Must be engineered to withstand wind forces of up to 110 mph
Problem Tower Access Solution Shall not be accessible for unassisted climbing (same as cell towers)
Problem Signage Solution Commercial marking, messages, banners or advertising of any kind is prohibited One sign at eye level shall be posted warning of no trespassing and high voltage and the phone number or property owner/operator in case of emergency
Problem Local Historic Districts Solution Local - Must receive a Certificate of Appropriateness from HASC. National – Must receive a recommendation from HASC. Sites within 500 Feet of Local or National must receive a recommendation from HASC.
Components Site Plan Review Approval letter from all utility companies Proof of Notice to all property owners within 250ft Manufacturer’s specs. Sealed and signed by Structural Engineer Detailed drawing of electric components Plan Commission Recommendation and Council Approval
Only One Wind Energy System Installed Photo Courtesy of Richland Community College; Decatur, Illinois
Stephanie E. Ashe, AICP Development Services City of Decatur, Illinois SAshe@decaturil.gov 217/424.2725 www.decaturil.gov