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Tuesday, Sep 25 2012 07:11 AM

Board of Supervisors to consider 'wind map' today

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The future of wind development in Kern County will be considered by the Board of Supervisors at a hearing today.

A location in Mojave will be made available this afternoon for individuals who wish to speak to the Kern County Board of Supervisors concerning the so-called "wind map" coming before the board today.

Developed at the direction of the board by the Kern County Planning Department, the map was supposed to show to where wind energy developments may — or may not be — developed within the county, although a staff report to the board made public late last week shows that the lines on the map may not be as settled as they were suggested to be in workshops held recently.

A public hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. today. A number of other items are also slated for 2 p.m. and may be heard in advance of the “wind map” item.

Although map was promoted as a way to provide the public and the wind energy developers and property owners with assurance about where wind could or could not be developed, the staff recommendation is for action by the board for policy direction that would provide a "reasonable level of assurance to residents as to where future wind projects are most likely" while also providing "insight to the wind industry as to areas" the board believes may be "more suitable based on current knowledge and technology for future wind projects."
The Board of Supervisors meets at 1115 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield.

The Mojave location where facilities will be made available for the public to view the meeting in progress and testify is the Mojave Senior Center, 15580 "O" St., Mojave.

CLICK HERE for an agenda for today's meeting.

CLICK HERE for the staff report.

 

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