As a special use permit application vote looms for the Tradewind Energy Alta Farms II wind project, local activists say they still have concerns about this second application.
Among their concerns are noise impacts on non-participating landowners and flicker effect. Andrea Rhoades leads the group DeWitt County Residents Against Wind Turbines and says while not an immense amount of noise, depending on the size of the turbines, these can impact a person near the footprint of a wind farm.
Neighboring community members who live near wind farms are having their day-to-day lives impacted according to Rhoades. The flicker effect of the wind farms is forcing a few homeowners in McLean County to leave their homes at night to find peace.
Some may say it is impossible for a permit of any type to have zero impact on residents but Rhoades says the County has guidelines set up for a permit to meet and then it has to comply with ordinances. Through the process of going through the Regional Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals and not receiving support from those entities, Rhoades says that is proof the application from Tradewind does not comply with the conditions and ordinances in place by the County.
The DeWitt County Board will vote on the Tradewind Energy special use permit for their Alta Farms II wind farm next Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30 pm.
Hear coverage of the meeting and the vote at 6:30 pm on 92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com, the WHOW app, and Amazon Alexa.