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Public hearing set for Craven County tall structures ordinance

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NEW BERN, N.C. -

Craven County leaders are considering new limits on tall structures, like wind turbines.

Commissioners are planning to hear what the public has to say on their proposed ordinance on Monday at 7 PM.

The ordinance would require any tall structure to go through an approval process by Craven County commissioners, the planning board, Cherry Point, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

Military officials have said wind turbines, depending on where they're placed, can be a hazard for pilots.

"There are certain incentives for wind companies to build wind turbines in our area, and we want to make  sure that is mitigated with the training ranges that we have to have for our Marines and for the Air Force out in Seymour Johnson in Wayne County," said Jamie Norment, a representative for Allies for Cherry Point's Tomorrow.

It has not been determined how soon the ordinance would go into effect if passed, said Scott Dacey, chairman of the Craven County Board of Commissioners.

The proposed application fees for building a tall structure in Craven County are $1,000, plus building permit fees, Dacey said.

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