Coos Bay considers urban wind turbines

The Associated Press /

COOS BAY — The city of Coos Bay will consider allowing wind turbines in town.

The World of Coos Bay reports that turbines have been under a moratorium and the city hasn’t made much progress on the issue in the past two years.

But the City Council plans to take public comment in February or March, and it has an online survey on its website.

The draft ordinance would allow turbines no taller than 70 feet — much shorter than industrial wind turbines that are more than 250 feet.

‘What we would need is an ordinance to limit any negative impacts to neighbors,” said Laura Barron, the city’s planning administrator.

For large turbines, residents would have to show that noise would be minimal, viewsheds would not be disturbed and the device would meet tough safety standards. Restrictions would be reduced for smaller devices.

Some new technology doesn’t require huge towers. Micro wind turbines being tested and used around the country can be mounted on rooftops and the edges of buildings.