While no action has been taken on the matter yet, Randolph County is moving forward with developing a plan for wind energy.
Randolph County Land Resource Management Director Joe Hackler presented the county commissioners with a draft version of the wind energy conversion system (WECS) ordinance.
He noted that following the board’s approval of a solar ordinance in 2018, they were wanting to look into developing an ordinance to cover wind energy. This draft ordinance was created by the Randolph County Planning Commission, with help from stakeholders covering the county health department, county engineer, county board and the Randolph County Farm Bureau.
In addition to meeting four times and visiting two wind farms, the commission gathered information from eight counties. This includes Monroe County, which for almost a year now has been dealing with what some consider a controversial request concerning the installation of a wind farm on the bluffs in the Valmeyer/Fults area.
In a handout for the media, Hackler noted, “The central overriding goal of the planning commission during this process was to have a finished product that protects property owners, home owners and the county, as well as providing predictability and a fair process to potential developers. We believe this first draft satisfies those goals.”
For more from the Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.