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A good place to start is the New York State Energy Research Development Authority's Wind Energy Tool Kit: Community Resources for Wind Development and Wind Energy Model Ordinance Options and/or Model Zoning By-Law for Wind Facilities,, Office of Business Affairs and Consumer Regulation, Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Local Laws


Town of Augusta Zoning Ordinance


Town of Cohocton Windmill Local Law


Town of Dryden Renewable Energy Conversion Systems Ordinance


Town of Eden Wind Energy Conversion Systems


Town of Ellenburg Wind Energy Facilities Local Law


Town of Fairfield Wind Energy Facilities Ordinance


Town of Fenner Wind Turbine Provisions in Zoning


Town of Henderson Local Law and Amendment - Wind Generation Facilities


Town of Lebanon Wind Power Facility Application and Regulations


Town of Leicester Amended Zoning Ordinance


Town of Lyme Wind Energy Facilities Local Law.  Download from

Town of Malone Wind Energy Facilities Law


Town of Martinsburg Regulation of Wind Power Generating Facilities


Town of Portland Local Law


Town of Roxbury Wind Energy-Deriving Towers Law


Town of Sheldon Local Law


Town of Sidney Moratorium and Wind Energy Law


Town of South Bristol


Town of Springwater Local Law for Wind Energy Conversion Systems


Town of Stark Amendment to Land Use Regulations Regarding Wind Energy Facilities


Town of Vernon Wind Power Generating Facilities


Town of Warren Wind Energy Facilities Law


Town of Westfield Local Law and Amendments Wind Energy Conversion Systems



Comprehensive Planning


Town of Vernon Comprehensive Plan



Technical Documents


Effects of Wind Farms on Birds: A Review


Assessing the Impacts of Wind Farms on Birds


Wind Energy Guide for County Commissioners


Farmers' Guide to Wind Energy: Legal Issues in Farming the Wind (exit this site)

Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement, Horse Creek Wind Farm project, Clayton, NY -


Wind Power Regulation and Litigation: Trends Explored.  Written by John Nolan and Jessica Bacher for publication ion in the NY Law Journal 2/20/07. download from . Search for report title.


Small Wind




Town of Clinton Local Law Wind Energy Facility Law













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