The Planning and Zoning Commission sent a clear message to the Buchanan County Commission last week when it voted 8-4 to ban commercial wind development in Buchanan County.
The vote followed 13 months of studies, public hearings and a citizen’s campaign against allowing wind power plants into the county.
Friends of Buchanan County argued that wind power plants would not be a good fit in this densely populated area and should be banned. The group gathered more than 700 signatures on petitions calling for a 1-mile setback from property lines if commercial wind developments were allowed.
In two nights of public hearings last month, all speakers opposed wind power development in Buchanan County. No one spoke in favor.
The Planning and Zoning Commissioners listened to the people. We commend them.
Their recommendation is now in the hands of the three Buchanan County Commissioners, who have the final say.
Let’s hope Lee Sawyer, Ron Hook and Scott Burnham are just as committed to what’s best for Buchanan County, and accept the recommendation of their Planning and Zoning Commission.
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