Sep 14, 2021 4:55 PM

County commission puts moratorium on wind for now

Posted Sep 14, 2021 4:55 PM

By NICK GOSNELL

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Board of Reno County Commissioners made two motions regarding wind farms on Tuesday.

"I would move to declare a moratorium on any industrial Commercial Wind Energy Conversion Systems (CWECS) in Reno County through December 27, 2021 and direct staff and the planning commission to draft and provide notice of a public hearing for a separate zoning regulation text agreement prohibiting industrial CWECS in the present zoned area for commissioners consideration," said chairman Ron Hirst.

That motion passed 3-0. A second motion about the rest of the county is as follows.

"I would move the planning commission draft and provide notice of a public hearing for the introduction of a special zoning district, limited only to industrial CWECS in the present unzoned areas of Reno County for board of commissioners consideration on December 27, 2021."

Friesen did not support the zoning overlay for the rest of the county, but that motion passed 2-1.