Jay Nygard wants to erect a small wind turbine in an unobtrusive spot on his own property.
Nygard admits he poured a concrete pad for the turbine after the city rejected his application for a building permit. But he and his attorney claim the city is overstepping its authority and discouraging a homeowner and entrepreneur from helping the environment.
“Here I’m trying to go green and they’re trying to throw me in jail,” Nygard said.
Here’s the interesting part:
…even though Orono doesn’t explicitly ban wind generators in Nygard’s neighborhood, the city has broad authority to limit what people build on their property.”We’re not going to discourage people from doing green things,” White said. “It’s just when and where.”
…city zoning ordinances typically prohibit everything that is not explicitly allowed…