Solar Farm Regulations
Joint Meeting Scheduled for July 8, 2021 at 7.00pm
The meeting is work session between the Planning Commission and the County Commission. No action will be taken as this is not a public hearing.
More information can be found at the Planning Commission website.
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.
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.