It was a full house in Roanoke County on Tuesday night. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on regulations for large wind energy systems.
More than 50 people spoke on the subject. Their concerns ranged from noise to the viewshed. Supporters told commissioners it's time to look at alternative energy sources.
But the majority of speakers addressed Poor Mountain. That's where a company is considering a wind farm with 15 to 18 wind turbines. Invenergy hasn't made a formal proposal to the county. A company spokesperson says that will depend on what regulations are passed.
Several members of the Sierra Club expressed their support for wind turbines saying it's good for the environment.
However, a couple of pilots and Roanoke Regional's airport commission said they're concerned about the impact on air traffic and safety.
After three hours of public comment on Tuesday night, the Planning Commission tabled the regulation proposals and will take a vote at a later date.