Measure lasts 60 days

Carteret County has put a temporary halt on the issuance of permits for wind-energy projects.

Carteret County has put a temporary halt on the issuance of permits for wind-energy projects.

Halifax Media Services
Published: Friday, January 3, 2014 at 14:26 PM.

Carteret County has put a temporary halt on the issuance of permits for wind-energy projects while it reviews its regulations for the facilities.

The Carteret County Board of Commissioners Thursday night unanimously adopted an ordinance to impose a 60-day moratorium -- or a temporary ban -- on building permits for wind-energy facilities. The moratorium went into effect immediately and will expire March 2.

The action by the board followed a three-hour public hearing that included comments from about 60 speakers.

Most of the speakers supported imposing the moratorium to allow time for discussion of regulations, but there were comments from both sides of the issue with concerns expressed about a proposed wind-energy project that would locate 40 industrial wind turbines outside of Newport. Other speakers expressed support for alternative-energy sources.

Commissioners will use the moratorium period to review the county’s tall-structures ordinance, beginning with a joint meeting next week with the county planning board.



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