Boone County Zoning Board may vote on windfarm

Boone County Zoning Board of Appeals members may vote Aug. 23 on whether to approve the proposed Heritage Ridge Windfarm project in northern Boone County.

The project is slated to construct 15 large-scale wind turbines on an area covering 965 acres of farmland on three sections of land. Eleven of the turbines would be located in an area south of North Boone School Road and west of Poplar Grove Road. Four more would be located north of Illinois 173 and west of Wyman School Road.

According to other media, the proposed windfarm has supporters, but has also been opposed by some local residents with concerns about noise and aesthetic blight from the turbines.

If completed, the windfarm is expected to supply electricity to between 300 to 400 homes. The proposed Boone County project is similar to the existing windfarm in Lee County near Paw Paw, Ill., which is visible to I-39 motorists.

The Boone County Zoning Board of Appeals meets Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Boone County Courthouse at 601 N. Main St., in Belvidere. If approved, the proposal will be considered by the Planning, Zoning and Building Commission.

From the August 17-23, 2005, issue

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