Renewable Energy

Solar Farm Regulations

August 5, 2021 Joint Meeting Audio/Visual

Draft Regulations

The Planning Commission is currently working to develop solar farm regulations for Pottawatomie County. A six-month moratorium was passed by the County Commission to allow Staff and Planning Commission time to develop regulations.

The first draft was presented at the March 18, 2021 Planning Commission meeting. 

The second draft was presented at the April 15, 2021 Planning Commission meeting. 

The third draft was presented at the May 20, 2021 Planning Commission meeting.

Feedback from the public is welcomed for these draft regulations, and a hearing will be held with the Planning Commission to debate their adoption. 

Wind Farm Regulations

Tallgrass Heartland Moratorium

Pottawatomie County is currently under a statewide moratorium for commercial wind farm development as part of the Tallgrass Heartland Wind Moratorium. The moratorium was established in 2004, and expanded in 2011 to include Pottawatomie County. The moratorium was reaffirmed in 2020. In the area included in the moratorium, commercial wind projects are prohibited. 

2020 affirmation of the Tallgrass Heartland wind moratorium

Extent of 2011 moratorium expansion

Current County Regulations

In addition to the state-level moratorium, the County does have regulations in place on the development commercial wind farms. They are a conditional use in the A1 - Agriculture district. However, these regulations are in need of updates. Following the adoption of solar farm regulations, Staff will begin the process of development wind farm regulations.