Modifications for wind energy systems

In any district, the City Planning Commission may authorize modifications to the applicable bulk or waterfront public access area regulations in order to accommodate wind energy systems, whether accessory or as part of energy infrastructure equipment, provided the Commission finds that:

  1. there would be a practical difficulty in complying with regulations set forth for wind energy systems as set forth in the underlying district regulations, and as modified by this Chapter, without such modifications;
  2. such modifications are the minimum necessary to allow for an appropriate wind energy system; and
  3. the proposed modifications will not alter the essential character of the neighborhood in which the building is located.

The Commission may prescribe appropriate conditions and safeguards to minimize adverse effects on the character of the surrounding area.