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Hancock County OH resolution 250-22 regarding wind and solar development

Hancock County Commissioners|April 19, 2022
OhioZoning/Planning

This resolution finalizes Hancock County, Ohio's decision to restrict wind and solar energy development in the county to certain areas. A map associated with the resolution shows the areas where energy projects cannot be constructed. A portion of the resolution is provided below. To see the full resolution select the document links on this page.


RE: A RESOLUTION DECLARING PORTIONS OF THE UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF HANCOCK COUNTY, OHIO TO BE RESTRICTED, PROHIBITING CONSTRUCTION OF ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT WIND FARMS, LARGE WIND FARMS, AND LARGE SOLAR FACILITIES PURSUANT TO R.C. 303.57, et. seq.

The Board of County Commissioners, Hancock County, Ohio met in regular session on the 19th day of April, 2022, with the following Commissioners present:

Michael Pepple. William Bateson, and Timothy Bechtol

The Clerk. advised that the Board followed the notice requirements of Section 121.22 of the Revised Code and the implementing rules adopted by the Board pursuant thereto for the meeting.

Bateson moved for adoption of the following resolution:

WHEREAS, the Ohio General Assembly adopted Senate Bill 52 (hereinafter "SB 52") which provides for more localized regulation of large utility facilities, defined as economically significant wind farms, which are defined in R.C. 4906.13; large wind farms; and solar facilities, which are defined in R.C. 4906.01 (hereinafter collectively referred to as "large utility facilities"); and 

WHEREAS, SB 52 went into effect October 11, 2021 and is now designated as Ohio Revised Code 303.57, et. seq.; and

WHEREAS, the County Boards of Commissioners, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 303.57, et. seq., have been vested with the authority to regulate Large Utility Facilities by way of designating all or part of the unincorporated areas of a County as restricted, prohibiting the construction of said Large Utility Facilities within said restricted areas; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners, Hancock County, Ohio (Board) has responsibility for preserving the general health, safety, and welfare within the territory of Hancock County, Ohio; and 

WHEREAS, the development of "economically significant wind farms" as defined in Ohio Revised Code 4906.13, "large wind farms" and large solar facilities" as both are defined in Ohio Revised Code 4906.13 (collectively referred to as "large utility facilities") and subject to restriction pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 303.57 et. Seq., has numerous potential impacts on users and property owners in the vicinity of such developments; and

WHEREAS, the Board has considered the potential impacts of development as well as the interests of property owners in making their land available for development; and

WHEREAS, utilizing the above considerations, and considerations from all townships within the unincorporated areas of the County, the Board has prepared a map containing the restricted areas within the unincorporated areas of Hancock County, Ohio; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 303.58, said map has been posted at all public libraries within Hancock County, Ohio for a period of at least thirty (30) days; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 303.58, public notice of this meeting has been given to all school districts, municipal corporations and Boards of Township Trustees located in whole, or in part within the boundaries of the proposed restricted areas.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, HANCOCK COUNTY, OHIO, The Board of Commissioners hereby designates all unincorporated areas of Hancock County, Ohio as a restricted area for construction of "economically significant wind farms" as defined in Ohio Revised Code 4906.13, "large wind farms" and "large solar facilities" as both are defined in Ohio Revised Code 906.13, also known as "large utility facilities" except for the unincorporated area of Biglick Township, Hancock County, Ohio; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, in Biglick Township, Hancock County, Ohio, Large Utility Facilities may be permitted to be constructed, subject to the provisions of Ohio Revised Code 303.57 et. seq. and all other applicable law; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, a map documenting the restricted areas of the unincorporated areas of Hancock County, Ohio is attached hereto and marked as Exhibit A and incorporated by reference; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, this resolution shall be in full force and effect thirty (30) days after its adoption, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 303.59, unless it is timely petitioned for a referendum by the requisite number of registered electors in the county.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it is found and determined that all formal actions of the Board of Commissioners, Hancock County, Ohio relating to the adoption of this resolution were adopted in an open meeting of this Board, and that all deliberations of this Board and any of its committees that resulted in such formal action were in meetings open to the public, in compliance with all legal requirements. Pepple seconded the Resolution and the roll being called upon its adoption, the vote resulted as follows;

 

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Hancock County Ohio Resolution 250 22 2022 04 19

October 24, 2022


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