Cherry Point supporters back proposed rules on tall structures

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM.

Craven County’s effort to regulate tall structures such as windmills got the backing of Cherry Point supporters last week.

Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow passed a resolution in support of proposed wind turbine and tall structure regulations.

The specifics of the rules are still being worked out, but Don Baumgardner, Craven County planning director, presented some details during an ACT board meeting last week at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Baumgardner said the military is unable to restrict construction of tall structures on its own but can comment on projects. With that idea, any such application for a windmill or cell tower in Craven County would be sent immediately to the Marine Corps and Air Force to determine impacts.

"Those comments that we get from those agencies will be forwarded back to the applicant that is applying for the activity to determine if their proposal can mitigate or remove any of these potential impacts on military operations," Baumgardner said.

The comments from both the military and the applicant would then be considered by the county during the approval process.

Baumgardner also said the new rules would require that proposed structures in no way interfere with military radar or other communications. He said windmills have been known to disrupt radars.

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