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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire Thumb-region in effect until 4:00am Friday. The watch covers Bay, Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Saginaw, Sanilac and Tuscola Counties. Additional rounds of heavy rainfall are expected into Friday morning in the region.  Full story...

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TEMP RESTRAINING ORDER ON WIND PROJECT CONTINUES WITH MODIFICATIONS

CRAIG ROUTZAHN

Mon, 06 May 2013 11:16:23 EDT

 




A HEARING ON A TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER ISSUED LAST WEDNESDAY THAT PUT A HALT TO A REVIEW ON THE PHEASANT RUN WIND PROJECT BY THE HURON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION WILL CONTINUE WITH SOME MODIFICATIONS. ATTORNEYS FOR THE PARTIES WERE IN HURON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT MONDAY MORNING.   THE TEMPORARY ORDER INITIATED BY MICHAEL LORENCZ HALTS ACTION BY THE COUNTY AND BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP ON ZONING MATTERS INCLUDING WIND ENERGY UNTIL A HEARING TO SEE IF THE INJUNCTION SHOULD BE MADE PERMANENT. JUDGE M. RICHARD KNOBLOCK NOTED THAT THE COUNTY AND TOWNSHIP HAD NOT YET HAD TIME TO FILE A RESPONSE TO THE ORDER. BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP'S ATTORNEY WAS JUST RETAINED ON THE MATTER LAST FRIDAY. THE PROCEEDING WAS ADJOURNED FOR MORE THAN A HALF AN HOUR, WHILE THE ATTORNEYS TALKED ABOUT MODIFICATIONS TO THE ORDER AND POSTPONING THE HEARING. THE COUNTY, TOWNSHIP AND WIND DEVELOPERS ATTORNEYS WERE SEEKING TO ALLOW THE COUNTY EMPLOYEES AND PLANNING COMMISSION TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE ZONING ISSUE, SHORT OF TAKING ANY KIND OF FORMAL ACTION. WHEN THEY RETURNED A CONSENSUS WAS FINALLY REACHED THAT WILL MODIFY THE COURT ORDER, WITH THE HEARING TO BE HELD ON MARCH 28th, AND THE RESPONSE AND BRIEFS ON THE CASE TO BE TO THE JUDGE BY MAY 22ND. THE ATTORNEY'S WILL MODIFY THE TEMPORARY ORDER, AND THEN SUBMIT IT TO THE JUDGE TO BE SIGNED. IN THE MEANTIME NON BINDING WORK COULD CONTINUE UNDER COUNTY ZONING AND UTILIZING BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP ZONING WHEN IT IS MORE RESTRICTIVE. THE INJUNCTION ALSO STOPPED MORE TYPICAL ZONING MATTERS IN BROOKFIELD TOWNSHIP.

 

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