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County commissioners ban commercial wind energy

The Buchanan County Commission approved and adopted a recommendation from the county's Planning and Zoning Commission to incorporate a total commercial wind energy ban Thursday. The Planning and Zoning Commission held a work session on Feb. 19  and recommended the total ban by a vote of 8-4. 

The Buchanan County Commissioners signed an order to ban commercial wind energy in the county.

The Buchanan County Commission approved and adopted a recommendation from the county's Planning and Zoning Commission to incorporate a total commercial wind energy ban Thursday.

The Planning and Zoning Commission held a work session on Feb. 19 and recommended the total ban by a vote of 8-4.

The commissioners stated five notes in the order the notes are as followed.

  1. Not a single member of the public testified at the public hearings in favor of allowing commercial wind energy projects within the jurisdiction of Buchanan County, Missouri:
  2. Commercial wind energy projects have a potentially negative impact on nearby property values in Buchanan County;
  3. Buchanan County has a unique rural population of other counties that have adopted commercial wind energy projects;
  4. Citizens of Buchanan County voiced concern regarding potential noise pollution and other quality of life issues related to the installation of commercial wind energy projects;
  5. There was a concern regarding the ability to effectively adopt a provision ensuring funds for... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The Buchanan County Commissioners signed an order to ban commercial wind energy in the county.

The Buchanan County Commission approved and adopted a recommendation from the county's Planning and Zoning Commission to incorporate a total commercial wind energy ban Thursday. 

The Planning and Zoning Commission held a work session on Feb. 19  and recommended the total ban by a vote of 8-4. 

The commissioners stated five notes in the order the notes are as followed. 

  1. Not a single member of the public testified at the public hearings in favor of allowing commercial wind energy projects within the jurisdiction of Buchanan County, Missouri:
  2. Commercial wind energy projects have a potentially negative impact on nearby property values in Buchanan County;
  3. Buchanan County has a unique rural population of other counties that have adopted commercial wind energy projects;
  4. Citizens of Buchanan County voiced concern regarding potential noise pollution and other quality of life issues related to the installation of commercial wind energy projects;
  5. There was a concern regarding the ability to effectively adopt a provision ensuring funds for the decommissioning of commercial wind energy projects.

Ron Hook, western county commissioner said that they had heard people against and in favor, but they decided to make the decision based off the vocal  people against it and the concerned citizens that spoke at the two public forums. 

 "I think Our decision was basically based on what our constituents wanted. What a people in Buchanan county wanted,"  Hook said.  

The process took three weeks for the county Commissioners to present the order and approve the recommendation from the planning and zoning commission. 

"We took a methodical process," Presiding Commissioner Lee Sawyer said. "We talked to a lot of people, we looked at best practices around the country, we looked at like counties to see what they had done."

Hook said he said that while the wind energy did not work for the county the county can continue to listen to further green energy technology.

"I think we need to step back and just wait and see what technology brings us," Hook said. This is an ordinance that's in place, effective now, but that ordinance can be changed, modified, it's a working document."

Scott Burnham, Eastern County Commissioner represents the part of the county that was proposed to be targeted for wind turbines by the Florida based energy company NextEra. He said that he was proud of the planning and zoning commission on the diligence they took throughout the process. 

"There was a lot of effort and energy and it was a big time commitment for them that went in," Burnham said. "I commend them for their efforts and the time that they've put into this."

Steven Reardon the representative for Marion Township was the one who sent the proposal through to the commissioners in February. He said that he believed the commissioners handled this process well and that this was ultimately what the public wanted and the proponents did not step forward. 

“I'm happy with the way the public came together and showed what they wanted,” Reardon said. "It should not be an issue now."


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MAR 12 2020
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