Wind Lease Holders Look to Exit Lake Twp After Defeat at the Polls – Updated
Succession from Township
From 2012 – Huron County, Michigan – During a monthly meeting held at the Chandler township hall it was revealed that several landowners holding wind lease agreements wish to cede from Lake Township. The move by these landowners looks to be a result of the 207 to 128 defeat by Lake Township voters of a wind zoning ordinance favorable to wind development. The wind leaseholders are requesting their properties scattered within the first 2 plus miles of Lake Twp north of Kinde Road be transferred to Chandler Township to allow for wind energy development based upon Chandler Twp’s favorable zoning regulations to wind development. It’s unclear if these landowners are homestead residents of Lake Township.
Chandler Township is part of the Harvest Wind II project consisting of 33 wind turbines being developed by Exelon Wind LLC. DTE has also announced its intention to begin work on a 70 turbine project also located in Chandler Township.
Lake Township Could Shrink by 30% under Proposed Land Transfer
The Huron Daily Tribune is reporting that Lake Township is at risk of losing up to 4,000 acres in a proposed transfer to Chandler Township sought by property owners holding wind lease agreements. If the agreement is ratified by both township boards, Lake will cede over 1/3 of its total acreage to Chandler Township. Lake Township’s size is currently 13,248 acres.