Community Center packed for public hearing on wind farms in Posey County

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The Posey County Area Plan Commission heard the public over a proposed amendment to a zoning ordinance.

It would determine rules for wind farms and solar panels in the county.

Eyewitness News’ Amanda Mueller was at the meeting in Posey County.

That meeting ended minutes ago, and as expected the community center was packed with lines wrapping around the parking lot to get in.

Law enforcement – particularly the Posey County Sheriff’s Office – had a heavy presence here tonight with officers throughout the room and a bag check prior to entry.

The ordinance spells out proposed regulation for concerns such as shadow flicker, turbine height, and property distance.

Citizen group PoCo-Wind and Project Developer RWE Renewables (formerly E-on) opened the meeting with 10-minute remarks.

“In a world full of uncertainty and challenges our children our friends and our families deserve a safe place to live, without the concern of property violations or any other negative impacts.”

“I know that wind essence can mean the difference between selling the family farm and keeping the farm in the family.”

Private citizens were given three minutes a piece to address commissioners afterward.

Commissioners will meet on Monday to finalize that ordinance and it will be sent to towns to approve.

Original Story

POSEY COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – A large crowd has lined up outside of the facility where public hearings over a zoning ordinance to regulate windmills and solar panels in Posey County will take place.

Security is tight and law enforcement officers in the building.

Sheriff’s deputies are searching bags and belongings at the door.

A crowd inside the facility is listening to the procedure for tonight’s meeting amid strict security.

There are law enforcement officers throughout the room.

According to commissioners, anyone who causes a problem will be escorted off the property and arrested.

The meeting is getting underway now.

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This story was originally published on November 20, 2019)

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