Douglas County Commission tables wind farm regulations measure

The Douglas County Commission tabled consideration of a text amendment regulating wind generation towers Wednesday while instructing planning staff to address questions regarding advanced public notification before their approval and revenue the county might generate from them.

The action came after a public hearing on the issue that drew only one speaker.

“We’re going to want a little more time to ponder and consider this,” County Commission Chairman Jim Flory said. “It’s a significant issue in my mind. There was a lot of public interest when this was on our doorstep and we had to react. I think we need to schedule a 6 p.m. public hearing to find out the public’s interest.”

County commissioners placed a moratorium on wind-generated energy systems in December 2013 and have extended the moratorium on several occasions before directing county staff to develop regulations last year.

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