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June 18, 2024

Livingston Co. Zoning Board: Deny Invenergy Application for Wind Farm –

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On June 13, 2015

Livingston Co., IL. (ECWd) –

The Livingston County Zoning Board of Appeals has issued its recommendation to the Livingston County Board.

One point of interest during the hearing process was that there were at least two individuals, in their official capacities for other local governments, speaking in favor of the project. One was the President of the Village of Forrest, IL., and the other was the Superintendent of Tri-Point School District. I am curious to see if they spoke because they were paid to speak and because they were contractually obligated to speak in favor of the project as we found out in Mount Pulaski School District (article here).

The ZBA recommended denying Invenergy’s application for a wind farm for the following reasons:

-The Livingston County Regional Planning Commission found that Invenergy’s application was not in compliance with Livingston County’s Comprehensive Plan (pg 3).

-Did not satisfy the Standard 2 is special zoning Livingston County Special Use rules (pg 9)

-Marginal satisfaction of the “spirit, purpose, and intent” of the regulations (pg 10)

-Did not satisfy the requirement of “will not substantially and permanently injure the appropriate use of neighboring property” (pg 10)

-Did not satisfy the requirement to not be detrimental to the public convenience and welfare (pg 10)

-Did not demonstrate compliance with the requirement to be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, to not be detrimental to or endanger public health, safety, morals, comfort, or general welfare (pg 10)

-Did not satisfy the requirement to not be injurious to the use and enjoyment of other property in the immediate vicinity of the project (pg 11)

Based on the above the Zoning Board of Appeals recommended the County Board DENY the application.


Our next article will discuss what happened at the County Board Meeting…


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