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Commissioners adopt Wind Farm Guidelines

    by Larry Patrick

HUERFANO- The Huerfano County Commissioners voted this week to include guidelines approved by the planning and zoning commission relating to conditional use permit applications for wind farms.

    There has been lots of interest in Huerfano County for wind farm development.  To better control applications, the planning commission felt that guidelines on the following matters should be considered:

• Location of the transmission lines.

• The proximity of trans mission lines or towers to neighbors.

• Density relationship from one wind farm to another.

• Historical and scenic vistas considerations of the application area.

• Property owners rights guidelines.   

• Commercial viability of wind quality.

    These guidelines should help in the recommendation for development of wind generation performance.  There are already several wind farm applications being considered for Huerfano County.

    A joint public hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday, August 26th for the Pole Canyon Wind project. It will be held at the Huerfano County Community Center at 2 pm.

    The Commissioners also approved a request to sponsor a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) housing grant from the Council of Governments.  The grant program has been in existence for 21 years and assists people in rehabbing existing homes with the help of low interest loans. The program has been very successful in Huerfano and Las Animas Counties with over 300 homes being updated.  The need for Huerfano County has been increasing the past couple of years so the request was made of the commissioners to assist with funding the project locally.

     The Commissioners are considering applications for funding for the coming budget year.  They accepted a request from the Upper Huerfano Conservation District for funds to assist county farmers and ranchers with various projects that are usually small in nature but important to have done.  Some of the work deals with stopping erosion problems on land and roads in the area.  Last year, 48 county projects were taken care of by the organization.