Illinois Agricultural Impact Mitigation Agreement

No. 5-12020.  Wind farms, electric wind turbines and commercial wind turbines.  Regardless of any other legislation or if the county has established a shingles commission and has adopted a formal zoning in accordance with Section 5-12007, a county can set standards for wind farms and electric wind turbines.  Standards may include, without limitation, the height of the devices and the number of devices that may be in a geographic area.  A county may also regulate the seat of wind farms and electric wind turbines in non-communal areas of the county, outside the jurisdiction of a municipality and the 1.5-mile radius around the zoning jurisdiction of a municipality.  At least 30 days before a decision to file the Landratsamt, at least one public hearing takes place.  The notice of the hearing is published in a newspaper held in the county in general.  A commercial wind turbine owner, under the Renewable Energy Environmental Mitigation Act, must reach an agreement to contain the impact before the date of the necessary public consultation.  A commercial owner of wind turbines, who is seeking the renewal of a county permit before July 24, 2015 (the effective date of Act 99-132), must enter into an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture to limit agricultural effects before the Landkreis grants the renewal of the authorization.

 Die Landkreise konnen, zulassen, dass Testwindt-rme ohne formal Genehmigung durch das Landratsamt errichtet werden.  Any provision of a regional wind farm regulation in effect prior to August 16, 2007 (the effective date of Act 95-203) may remain in effect regardless of the requirements of this section. Only a landkreis can set standards for wind farms, wind turbines and commercial wind turbines, as defined in Section 10 of the Renewable Energy Facilities Agricultural Impact Mitigation Act, 1 in non-communal areas of the county outside the zoning jurisdiction of a municipality and outside the 1.5-mile radius for the zoning jurisdiction of a municipality. A county must not require a wind tower or other renewable energy system used exclusively by an end consumer to push the end consumer`s land line to more than 1.1 times the level of the renewable energy system.