HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Board of Reno County Commissioners finally appeared to put the commercial wind energy conversion systems regulations to bed on Tuesday, by returning to the version of CWECS regulations originally sent to the county commissioners in the first place in January of 2021.
The only place that those regulations would apply right now is in the areas that do not fall under the ban that was put in place last year.
Put more simply, the currently zoned areas are banned for wind, the new regulations are for the areas of the county otherwise unzoned, roughly the western two-thirds of the county, if a CWECS proposal were to come before them.
There are no current proposals. Any proposals would have to go through the conditional use permit process and follow these now implemented regulations, in addition to any further restrictions imposed by the individual conditional use permit as it would come forward.