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LITH turbine hearing today

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A proposal to allow certain small wind turbines on homes and businesses in the village will have an official public hearing this evening.

The public is invited to comment on the plan at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting at 7:30 p.m. today, at Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate.

The proposal would allow only small wind energy systems, not the big ones that irked residents outside Woodstock recently, said Dan Olson, the village’s community development director.

Only building-mounted turbines would be allowed in residential areas, but commercial and industrial zones would be able to construct turbines on the ground.

Wind turbines attached to homes would be allowed to be up to 15 feet higher than the highest point of the roof, measured from the highest point of the tip of the blade.

Olson said the village’s Planning and Zoning Commission had been working on the regulations since August, but public input on the wind turbine proposal still is needed.

– David Fitzgerald

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