BOONE, Iowa—The Boone County Zoning Commission this week, recommended approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a commercial wind turbine to be constructed in eastern Boone County on property owned by Ed Judge. The wind turbine would be part of a four unit project, proposed by Optimum Renewables. Company representatives told the County Zoning Board that three of the four wind turbines would be located on property south of Huxley in Story County. The remaining unit would be in extreme eastern Boone County, west of Napier on 260th Street. The Zoning Commission on Zoning Board of Adjustment have dealt with smaller wind turbines previously. The 3-megawatt turbine would be more than 400 feet high and cost about $5-million to construct.
The recommendation from the Zoning Commission to the Boone County Zoning Board of Adjustment is to approve the Conditional Use Permit in such a way as to secure the decommissioning plan. The decommissioning plan is a process to set aside funds to be used to remove the tower and wind turbine when it is no longer operational. It requires restoration of land to it’s previous state. Zoning Commission members wanted to make sure the decommissioning account was not going to be used for some other cost and would remain in place until needed. Life of a large wind turbine is estimated at 20-years.
The Boone County Zoning Board of Adjustment meets later in October.