Regulation Updates

Regulation Amendments

Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS) Regulation UpdatesWind turbine.

The County has drafted changes to two sections of the Zoning Resolution to address non-commercial Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS).

Draft 2 is released and Public Hearings are scheduled

The County has reviewed comments received on Draft 1 of the two sections of the Zoning Resolution to address non-commercial Wind Energy Conversion Systems (WECS). Section 11 - Board of Adjustment has not changed since Draft 1. Section 18 - Alternative Energy Resources has been revised with Draft 2. To see how staff responded to each comment received, please review the Comment Response Log.

Additionally, the following Public Hearings have been scheduled for this Regulation Amendment:

Planning Commission – May 26, 2021 at 6:15 pm
Board of County Commissioners – June 15, 2021 at 8:00 am

Both hearings will be virtual. If you have comments and would like them to be read by the Commissioners prior to the hearing, please email us your comments by Monday, May 24, 2021 to get them into the hearing packet. Comments will also be taken during the hearing. The virtual hearing links can be found on our Virtual Hearings Page.

The main focus of this regulation update is on non-commercial WECS to include additional submittal item requirements as well as review criteria to be used when a proposed freestanding WECS exceeds the allowed height. Requests for increased height would be through a Special Exception review by the Board of Adjustment. Non-commercial WECS are intended to serve only principal and accessory uses on a property and not to generate additional energy that can be sold.

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