Sample Zoning for Wind Energy Systems 2008


June 1, 2016 - Author: John Sarver, Kurt Schindler

These guidelines were developed by the Energy Office, Michigan Dept. of Labor and Economic Growth (DLEG) in April 2008 to assist local governments to develop siting requirements for wind energy systems. This material is not intended to apply in urban areas. These guidelines were developed with the intention of striking an appropriate balance between the need for clean, renewable energy resources and the necessity to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. The guidelines represent a 2008 suggested zoning language for local governments to use if they amend their zoning ordinance to address wind energy systems. The Energy Office, DLEG has no authority to issue regulations related to siting wind energy systems.  This material has not been updated or reviewed since 2008 by the state. Current MSU Extension sample zoning along with discussion about the sample can be found at


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