County commission approves wind turbine rules
Wind farms are largely restricted to general agricultural districts, and developers have to submit bonds to pay for the cost of eventually decommissioning the farm.
Commissioners made final changes last week to the ordinance to satisfy concerns raised by Rapid City Regional Airport.
October 5, 2011
by David Montgomery
in Rapid City Journal
The Pennington County Commission gave final approval Tuesday to an ordinance regulating wind turbines.
The ordinance was approved unanimously after months of work by the planning department, the planning commission and the county commissioners.
It sets out rules for three types of wind turbines: small wind energy systems less than 100 feet tall; large wind energy systems that are taller; and wind farms, or collections of multiple large wind energy systems.
Small turbines can be built in all county zoning districts with a conditional use permit, provided they meet criteria such as having a setback of at least 1.1 times their height from... [continue via Web link]