So much for streamlining regulatory and approval processes for businesses. I guess that doesn't count when the business produces something conservatives hate, like renewable energy.
Despite state rules that eliminate virtually all local control from the application process, state Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) said Thursday he thinks there’s “a fairly good chance” that Town of Sherman officials can stave off development of a wind farm in their community that seems almost universally opposed by residents.Yeah, this is exactly the kind of certainty businesses need to be getting from GOP officials.
“I think there’s a fairly good chance that they can keep this from moving foward,” Grothman said. “They have to provide an avenue for some windmills, but it doesn’t have to be easy. Ultimately, companies don’t like to set up shop where they don’t feel welcome.”
Grothman suggested, as did many of those who spoke before the Town Board on Tuesday night at the Silver Lake Fire Hall, that town officials impose bonds and fees and stretch out the process as long as possible in hopes the state Legislature may revisit rules that govern wind farm development.
“In January, (when the Legislature reconvenes) we may be able to make it more difficult,” Grothman said.