Roanoke County is moving closer to adopting regulations for large wind energy turbines, should any company apply to put them up. And as News/Talk 960’s Evan Jones reports, that process moves on to a public hearing this week.

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No company has formally applied to put up a wind farm in the county, but one has already expressed interest on Poor Mountain. County planners have been working for 18 months to develop proposed minimum standards and establish requirements for any applications. Deputy Planning Director Philip Thompson says other considerations would include:  how do you actually get that big equipment up to a ridge top. Any wind farm proposal would require a special use permit, so at issue here is the process to be followed. The public hearing is 7:00 pm Tuesday at the Roanoke County Administration Building.