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Weld County Division 6 Wind Generators and Permitting Requirements Sec. 23-4-450. Wind generator standards. Chris Gathman, Planner III, Weld County WIND.

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1 Weld County Division 6 Wind Generators and Permitting Requirements Sec Wind generator standards. Chris Gathman, Planner III, Weld County WIND GENERATORS are allowed as accessory uses, subject to Zoning Permit for Wind Generator requirements, or as a Use-by-Special Review Permit, per the height guidelines and maximum numbers for LEGAL LOTS. The height of a wind tower is measured at the hub of the generator: Weld County Planning & Zoning Department Greeley Offices1 (970) 356 – 4000 Chapter 23 of the Weld County Code:

2 Sec Wind generator standards. Lot Size (Gross Acres) 1 Acre – 2.49 Acres Up to 40 feet and rotor diameter 12 feet or less -Accessory Use (building permit) 41 – 60 feet -Zoning Permit Above 60 feet, or more than 3 per LEGAL LOT -Use by Special Review Permit 2.5 Acres – 4.99 Acres Up to 60 feet and rotor diameter of 14 feet or less -Accessory Use (building permit) 61–120 feet - Zoning Permit Above 120 feet, or more than 3 per LEGAL LOT -Use by Special Review Permit 5 Acres and Above Up to 120 feet and rotor diameter 25 feet or less - Accessory Use (building permit) 121–180 feet -Zoning Permit Above 180 feet, or more than 3 per LEGAL LOT -Use by Special Review Permit

3 General Standards All WIND GENERATORS are subject to the following standards: A. Up to three (3) WIND GENERATORS per LEGAL LOT are allowed. More than three (3) WIND GENERATORS on a LEGAL LOT shall require the issuance of a Use-by-Special Review Permit, pursuant to the requirements of Article II, Division 4 of this Chapter, or the issuance of a 1041 Permit, pursuant to the requirements of Article III, Chapter 21 of this Code. B. WIND GENERATORS requiring the issuance of a Zoning Permit for WIND GENERATOR are subject to the application requirements of Section of this Chapter. WIND GENERATORS requiring the issuance of a Use-by-Special Review Permit are subject to the application requirements of Section of this Chapter. WIND GENERATORS requiring the issuance of a 1041 Permit are subject to the application requirements of Article III, Chapter 21 of this Code.

4 General Standards Electrical controls must be wireless or underground, and power lines must be underground, except for an interconnection to an existing above-ground power grid. WIND GENERATORS are subject to the following noise limits (measured from the nearest property line from the WIND GENERATOR): –1) Residential: Fifty (50) decibels. –2) Commercial: Fifty-five (55) decibels. –3) Light Industrial (I-1 Industrial): Sixty-five (65) decibels. –4) Industrial (I-2 and I-3 Industrial): Seventy-five (75) decibels. WIND GENERATORS are subject to applicable Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements and/or permits. WIND GENERATORS generating power as a commercial enterprise may be subject to regulation by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

5 General Standards If proposing to interconnect to a utility company, the applicant shall provide to the Department of Planning Services a copy of a "letter of intent to interconnect:" or interconnection agreement signed by the utility company. (Weld County Code Ordinance ) WIND GENERATORS must be painted or coated a nonreflective white, grey or other neutral color. WIND GENERATORS must not be artificially illuminated, unless required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

6 Setbacks All WIND GENERATORS must be set back from property lines, public rights-of-way and access easements of a distance at least one (1) times the hub height of the generator. All WIND GENERATORS must be set back from any existing or planned overhead lines a distance of at least one (1) times the hub height of the generator. No part of the system, including guy wire anchors, shall extend closer than thirty (30) feet to the property boundary.

7 Zoning Permit for WIND GENERATOR An application for a Zoning Permit for a WIND GENERATOR shall include the following: –A. Name, address and telephone number of the applicant. –B. Name, address and telephone number of the owner of the land, if different from Subsection A. above. –C. Parcel number and legal description of the property for which the application is made. –D. Evidence of interest in the subject land held by the applicant. –E. If proposing to interconnect to a utility company, copy of a "letter of intent to interconnect" or interconnection agreement signed by the utility company. –F. Number of acres of the property. –G. Elevation drawings of the proposed facility showing all towers, structures and other improvements related to the facility, showing specific materials, placement and colors. –H. County road access information sheet.

8 Zoning Permit for WIND GENERATOR (Con’t) I. A vicinity map showing adjacent properties, general land uses, zoning and roadways: –1. Within five hundred (500) feet of the proposed wind generator site. J. A sketch plan of the site at the scale of one (1) inch represents fifty (50) feet, or other suitable scale to show: –1. The proposed location of the wind generator(s) and other support structures (guy wires), including distances from the property LOT lines, above-ground power lines and other STRUCTURES on the property. –2. Location and measurements of any easements or rights-of-way. –3. Amount of road frontages. –4. Identification of any county, state or federal roads or highways. –5. Existing STRUCTURES on the property.

9 Zoning Permit for WIND GENERATOR (Con’t) K. An application fee. L. A certified list of the names, addresses and the corresponding Parcel Identification Number assigned by the County Assessor of the owners of property (the surface estate) within five hundred (500) feet of the property lines of the parcel on which the wind generator(s) shall be placed. The source of such list shall be the records of the County Assessor, or an ownership update from a title or abstract company or attorney derived from such records or from the records of the County Clerk and Recorder. If the list was assembled from the records of the County Assessor, the applicant shall certify that such list was assembled within thirty (30) days of the application submission date. M. Notification responses of at least thirty percent (30%) of surrounding property owners within five hundred (500) feet of the subject property in opposition to the location of the WIND GENERATOR(S). (Weld County Code Ordinance )


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