Ed Note: This is an older post from 2012 that highlighted the political battles that took place regarding wind energy development in Lake Township within Huron County. It was an interesting chain of events that could have resulted in the breakup of the township.
Lake Township Michigan board voted 3-2 on May 21st, 2012 to ignore the referendum vote held on February 28th to restrict wind development and begin negotiations to hand over approximately 4,000 acres to Chandler Township.
Wind Farms Force Succession Moves in Lake Township Michigan
Twenty-one landowners are utilizing Michigan’s Public Act 425 with hopes to change township zoning designations of their land to be subject to wind-friendly Chandler zoning. Lake board members Robert T. Smith, William Osborne & Dorothy Fischer voted for the possible zoning secession and began negotiation. This township succession is the first known case of its kind concerning the division of wind development progress.
The move is expected to impact Michigan wind farm development in other areas of the state.