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.



Mike Hardy

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3 Responses

  1. Lou Colletta says:

    I am very confused I thought the purpose of PA 425 was for economic development for a community not economic gain for a few. These people are ignoring the peoples vote on the assumption that the voters were duped and didn’t know what they were voting on. In other words we the people are stupid and they the PA 425’s are smarter and going to do it their way. This is no longer an issue of the advantages or the disadvantages of wind energy. This is not Democracy if our votes are ignored.

    • Bob Siver says:

      There seems to be an excessive amount of secrecy as to the identity of those landowners who desire to secede from Lake Township. Certainly if we’ve reached the point that a neighboring township is hearing the arguments for and against the move, there is a public record of those landholders, the location of the property in question, and their place of primary residence.

      • HuronBlueJay says:

        I was at that Chandler Twp meeting. The potential ceding properties are a strange checkerboard. Those not in the marked properties may have no say. Lake Tapping meeting is May 21. Check Lake & contact your neighbors. This whole thing smells foul. I thought we had a vote, and they lost!

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