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|Sustainable Energy to be Part of Galesburg Unified Development Ordinance
|The City of Galesburg is down to the final months of work on an ordinance that combines four separate ordinances related to land development, but not before a sort-of last-minute addition.
The Galesburg Plan Commission Tuesday night reviewed a draft of the city's new Unified Development Ordinance -- which, among other things, combines and makes some changes to ordinances in the areas of zoning, sign regulations, drainage, and land regulations.
But a document that was almost complete will soon be one that has some regulations regarding certain developments that want to include wind turbines and solar panels.
Galesburg Community Development Director Roy Parkin says such additions are better done now than never. "What's going to happen, at some point, is somebody's going to come in -- say (Carl) Sandburg College or Knox College -- and say 'We want to put in a (wind turbine),'" Parkin said. "And we're saying 'You can't. It's not allowed in the code under anything at this point.' And then we're going to have to drop everything and try to adopt some new rules, quick rules. So it makes sense to go ahead and try to plan in advance."
Parkin and other city officials say energy sustainability wasn't something that wasn't all that much of a concern when the Unified Development Ordinance was first beginning to be crafted, but is now, even if, Parkin says, only one company has approached the city about putting up a wind turbine here.
The text of the Unified Development Ordinance is expected to be before the Galesburg City Council by the end of the year, with associated zoning changes after that.
|08 26 08 by Newsroom
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