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Spencer Township working to align wind ordinance with other northern Kent County townships

The Spencer Township Planning Commission is looking to align its wind energy ordinance with the rest of Kent County’s northernmost townships in order to be consistent and present “a united front” for the possibility of wind development.

About 50 people attended a public hearing on Nov. 10 hosted by the Spencer Township Planning Commission regarding proposed changes to the township’s current wind ordinance. The current ordinance doesn’t restrict turbine height.

Oakfield Township planners ask to pursue wind, solar ordinances

In a rural section of Kent County about 20 minutes northeast of Grand Rapids, some township officials have placed a point of focus on the happenings of their neighbors to the east in Montcalm County.

During Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Oakfield Township Planning Commission, Township Supervisor Greg Dean brought forth a topic that has consumed much of the news cycle of Montcalm County over the past year — wind and solar energy ordinances.