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Proposed Revisions and Additions to FCLUP

1. Under “Introduction” on page 2  add;

So called Climate Change, Global Warming or any other malaise ascribed to changing weather patterns or climatic occurrences that are most likely naturally occurring and historic, shall have no bearing on state and federal agency planning and management decisions applicable to Fremont County’s custom, culture, economic viability and social stability nor upon the Fremont County Land Use Plan. Any so called Climate Change, Global Warming related occurrences, under any name, have not been definitively proved or linked to man’s actions and agency decisions resulting from them are hereby declared null and void and shall be barred from application to the custom, culture, economic viability, social stability and the Fremont County Land Use Plan.”

2. Page 8, Article III. Section 3.02(a) last paragraph;

“Federal and State agencies shall notify the FCBOC in writing of all pending and proposed actions and coordinate early on and through out in the planning and implementation of those actions with the Fremont County Board of County Commissioners.

3. AddCommunication Towers” to  Table of Contents and insert  Communication Tower component to plan as follows;

Article _IV (a)  Communication Towers

 

GUIDELINES:

 The policy herein set forth for the achievement of the Goal and Objectives of this component shall be consistent with the protection of Fremont County’s historic:

1)      Custom

2)      Culture

3)      Economic viability, and

4)      Social stability

 

GOAL:

To provide for the location, installation, and maintenance of equipment vital for the continued and enhanced ability of Fremont County residents to remotely communicate by radio, cell phone, fiber optic cable and/or other means of contact from all areas and locations in the county.

OBJECTIVES: 

1)      To recognize areas in the County that do not currently have remote communication access, 

2)      To recognize locations in the County, regardless of land management and control, that would benefit from remote communication access as matters of safety, efficiency, and multiple use, 

3)      To require the welfare of the citizens of Fremont County and credible science to be the highest priority criteria for siting towers, and/or any other antennas, dishes, etc. for providing remote communication in the County. 

POLICY:

(a)     FREMONT COUNTY CUSTOM: 

Fremont County is a large and geographically diverse area with numerous extremely remote areas that must be accessed in order to operate and maintain the historic customary uses of the land.  It is the custom of Fremont County residents to engage in numerous activities necessary to their well-being in these remote areas, and the use of remote communication equipment enhances the usability and safety of these activities.  Many of the County’s businesses and individuals rely on the ability to communicate with other businesses, home offices, family members, government offices, emergency services, etc., from rural locations. Communication towers, antennas, and dishes facilitate these modern-day needs that have become part of the American lifestyle.

 

(b)  FREMONT COUNTY CULTURE:

 

Fremont County’s historic culture is rooted in individual operators spending time, often alone, in remote areas of the County.  The development and proliferation of remote communication devices enhances and provides greater safety than ever before for preserving and perpetuating that culture.

 

(c)  FREMONT COUNTY ECONOMIC VIABILITY:

 

Many economic enterprises that comprise the viability of Fremont County’s valuation depend on the ability to communicate from all locations of the County.  The preservation and enhancement of this ability is necessary and required for the continued economic contribution of those industries and businesses to the well-being of County residents.  Modern instrumentation for remotely monitoring stream flows, oil and gas production, hydroelectric dam operations, etc. are now accessed by communication towers, antennas and dishes, and that access facilitates economic viability in the County, and needs to be protected and preserved.

 

(d)  FREMONT COUNTY SOCIAL STABILITY:

 

In these days of the availability of instantaneous communication, many urban visitors and County residents have lost (or never developed) the abilities to depend on themselves in an emergency situation.  Urban residents enjoy, and have come to be reliant on, dependable saturation of cell coverage.  Their economy, custom, and culture have come to be based on cell coverage ability.  When they visit Fremont County, many expect similar saturation and take chances in remote locations, expecting their cell phone to keep them in contact should an emergency arise. Because of that erroneous expectation, many anxious moments occur, and the County’s local search and rescue infrastructure is taxed and encumbered by these instances. The presence of adequate modern communication transmission equipment is essential to the peace-of-mind, safety, and growing expectation of all residents of the County, and enhances their ability to contribute to the social connectivity of the communities in which they live.

 

 

GUIDANCE:

 

Fremont County resists being penalized for its remoteness by federal agencies’ denial of tower siting, and being subsequently compromised in its customary ability to provide for the health and welfare of its citizens.  In order to accomplish the greatest areas of coverage in the most economically expedient manners, communication towers, antennas and dishes, in many instances, can only be located on specific locations in Fremont County which best serve the coverage goals, are located on federally managed lands, the federal mandates for coordination with County government which are described in detail in other parts of this Land Use Plan are also invoked, instituted, and necessary in this component.  The most critical consideration in the location of remote communication facilities in Fremont County is the health, safety, and welfare of her citizens, and this component requires that same consideration by governmental land management agencies operating in the boundaries of the County.

 

4.  Add “Renewable Energy Component” to Table of Contents  and insert Renewable Energy Plan component as follows;

Article VII (a) Renewable Energy

GUIDELINES:

 

The policy herein set forth for the achievement of the Goal and Objectives of this component shall be consistent with the protection of Fremont County’s historic:

1)      Custom

2)      Culture

3)      Economic viability, and

Social stability

 

 

GOAL:

 

To provide for continued and enhanced ability of Fremont County residents access to the harvest, utilization, permitting and building of renewable energy facilities, wind turbines, hydro-electric dams, transmission lines and infrastructure in all areas and locations in the county.

 

 

OBJECTIVES: 

 

4)      To recognize areas in the County that have governmental barriers and access to permitting and building renewable energy facilities, transmission lines and infrastructure, 

5)      To recognize locations in the County, regardless of land management and control, that would benefit from renewable energy efficiency, and multiple use, 

6)      To require the welfare of the citizens of Fremont County and credible science to be the highest priority criteria for siting, permitting and building renewable energy facilities, dams, wind turbines, transmission lines and infrastructure in the County. 

7)  To support and promote the development of renewable energy supplies found in       Fremont County in a manner that is consistent with the policies of custom, culture,    economic viability, and social stability embodied in this Land Use Plan.

 

8)  To support and promote innovative technologies that provide the least obtrusive methods of siting and transmitting renewable energies for the good of Fremont County residents.”

 

 

 

POLICY:

 

(b)    FREMONT COUNTY CUSTOM: 

 

Fremont County is a large and geographically diverse area with wind, sun, agricultural crops, water and as yet unidentified new sources that could be harnessed to provide clean, renewable energy for our citizens and for citizens of surrounding areas. Early settlers and rural citizens utilized renewable energy before rural electrification became common and many remote landowners continue to harvest and use renewable energy in order to operate and maintain the historic customary uses of the land.  It is the custom of Fremont County residents to engage in renewable energy activities necessary to their well-being and the use of renewable energy is spreading across the entire county.  Many of the County’s businesses and individuals rely on renewable energy for the ability to operate in remote locations and remain profitable. Wind towers, transmission lines, solar panels, hydro-electric dams and forest product burning incinerators facilitate these modern-day needs that have become part of the American lifestyle.

 

(b)  FREMONT COUNTY CULTURE:

 

Fremont County’s historic culture is rooted in developing natural resources, including renewable energy, in all areas of the County.  The development and proliferation of new renewable energy platforms enhances and provides greater diversity than ever before for preserving and perpetuating that culture.

 

(c)  FREMONT COUNTY ECONOMIC VIABILITY:

 

Many economic enterprises that comprise the viability of Fremont County’s valuation depend on readily accessible power.  The preservation and enhancement of renewable energy facilities, dams, transmission lines and infrastructure in all areas and locations in the county is necessary and required for the continued economic contribution of those industries and businesses to the well-being of County residents.  Modernization and construction of renewable energy facilities, transmission lines and infrastructure in all areas of the county is vital to the economy. Access to renewable energy facilitates economic viability in the County, and needs to be protected and preserved.

 

(d)  FREMONT COUNTY SOCIAL STABILITY:

 

The presence of adequate modern renewable energy facilities, transmission lines, equipment and infrastructure in all areas and locations in the county is essential to the safety and well being of, and growing expectation of all residents of the County, and enhances their ability to contribute to the social and environmental stability of the communities in which they live.

 

 

GUIDANCE:

 

Fremont County resists being penalized for its distance from large urban populations by federal agencies’ denial of wind tower transmission lines, environmental and construction permits for renewable energy facilities and infrastructure in all locations of the county and being subsequently compromised in its customary ability to provide for the welfare of its citizens.  In many instances, the most commercially reasonable construction of hydro-electric, wind power and distribution line projects can only be located on a specific geographic site.  As some of the best locations in Fremont County for renewable energy are located on federally managed lands, the federal mandates for coordination with County government which are described in detail in other parts of this Land Use Plan are also invoked, instituted, and necessary in this component.  The most critical consideration in the location of renewable energy facilities, transmission lines and infrastructure in all areas and locations in the county in Fremont County is the health, safety, and welfare of her citizens, and this component requires that same consideration by governmental land management agencies operating in the boundaries of the County.

It is a requirement of this Land Use Plan that the Fremont County Commissioners be informed in the very conceptual stages of any medium- to large-scale renewable energy resource developments proposed to be located in, or transmitted across, Fremont County by any corporation, company, individual, or land management agency.

The term “Renewable Energy’  definitions shall include oil, timber, hydro-electric, solar, wind turbines, and hydrogen fuel cells.

 

These proposals have been compiled and reviewed by the members of the Fremont County Natural Resource Planning Committee at the request of the Fremont County Board of  Commissioners and may be revised by same at their discretion.

Submitted by;

F.J. Tammany

Chairman

 

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