Huron County, Michigan – There was a stunning reversal of momentum for the Lake Township Wind Separatists who were told “No” by the Chandler Township board. A motion was struck down to enter negotiations to separate about 1/3 of Lake Township into Chandler for purposes of wind development. According to those in attendance at the packed township hall, the motion was quick, decisive and unanimous not to proceed with any further talks. According to those in attendance the he vote was 5-0.
Huron County Michigan – The news that a small group of Lake Township landowners seeking to separate from the township to pursue wind development is starting to be noticed in Lansing. The Michigan Capital Confidential under the Mackinaw Center for Public Policy released a story on Monday that seems to blast the moves by a disgruntled group to negate the referendum vote held this past February in Lake to restrict wind development.
The full story can be read at Town Votes Down Windmill Plan, Board Moving Ahead Anyways on the CapCon site.
Twenty landowners want to exit Lake Township, by ceding to the wind development friendly Chandler township located on the southern border. The wind separatist group have hired attorney William Fahey of Okemos to utilize Michigan’s PA 425 to assist in the separation process.
This is the first significant news coverage of the Lake Township wind farm story posted outside of Huron County. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Michigan citizens by promoting sound solutions to state and local policy questions.
Lake Township board voted 3-2 on May 21st 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. 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 begin negotiation.
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 intension 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.