Westerville City Council members agreed last week to delay a vote on legislation that would establish an alternative energy code for the city.

Westerville City Council members agreed last week to delay a vote on legislation that would establish an alternative energy code for the city.

The code was introduced for a first reading at council's Jan. 4 meeting. It seeks to regulate the use of newer energy technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels and generators within city limits.

The city staff asked council to postpone voting on the legislation because it had undergone so many changes since its introduction, city planner Lisa LaMantia said.

Because the code already had received approval from the city's planning commission, LaMantia said the staff would like to take changes back to the commission for approval before city council's final vote.

She said the revised code could go before the planning commission as early as March to be back before council in April.

While council members voted unanimously to postpone the vote, several urged LaMantia to have the legislation back before council quickly.

"I do think this is an issue we need to try to address timely," Larry Jenkins said. "I think we'd rather have something on the books and be able to have the discussion."

The goal of the code, council members said, is to provide residents guidelines to work under when considering alternative energy uses for their properties.

"It appears to some that we're limiting," council Chairman Mike Heyeck said. "We're not limiting; in fact, we're inviting."