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County takes public comment on wind farm ordinance

An ordinance created to guide wind energy development in Douglas County gets a public hearing Tuesday in the Government Center. The purpose of the ordinance is to provide a regulatory scheme for the placement, construction and operation of wind e...

An ordinance created to guide wind energy development in Douglas County gets a public hearing Tuesday in the Government Center.

The purpose of the ordinance is to provide a regulatory scheme for the placement, construction and operation of wind energy facilities in Douglas County to preserve the public health and safety. The goal is to provide restrictions that won't significantly increase the cost or decrease the efficiency of wind energy facilities.

Douglas County is currently under a wind energy facilities moratorium, placed to develop an ordinance to guide future development.

The county began developing the ordinance in May in an effort to address issues before they arose.

The moratorium expires in January, said Steven Rannenberg, Douglas County zoning administrator. However, it could be March before the ordinance is considered by the board to give town officials more time to review the proposed ordinance.

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The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Government Center Board Room.

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