Posey County Area Plan commission takes action on wind and solar ordinances

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POSEY COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — The Posey County Area Plan Commission met tonight to discuss solar and wind zoning ordinances for both Mount Vernon and Posey County. The APC unanimously approved the County Commissioner’s requested changes, but voted to disapprove the rejection from the City of Mount Vernon, which means the city will now get to take another look.

“Alot of people have been working on this on all sides. All the legislative and governing bodies have been working on this really since last fall,” said Beth McFadin Higgins with the Area Plan Commission.

The APC accepted the County Commissioner’s changes which adds a two mile zone around public and private schools in which wind projects and systems are prohibited. Additionally, wind and solar will be separated into different sections within the ordinance.

“This ordinance that we put into play for Posey County is for anyone who comes, whenever they come. It’s not a timeline of any certain months, weeks, days,” said APC President Mark Seib.

Mount Vernon previously rejected the ordinance in early January. The APC’s decision will now give them the chance to review their course of action.

“Because they rejected it totally, we have no options to adjust or do anything with. Instead of accepting the rejection, we denied the rejection to send it back to Mount Vernon to say, ‘Do you really want to do this?’ If they say, ‘Yes, we do want to reject it,’ then they’ll send it back to us and it’ll be over with,” said Seib.

Cynthiana and Poseyville have already accepted a combined wind and solar ordinance certified in November 2019.

“Our staff has to make sure that if they’re applying in Poseyville or if they’re applying in the county, we make sure that we’re telling them what the rules are that were adopted by those different governing bodies,” said Seib.

Mount Vernon now has 45 days to take action. If they do not take action, the same ordinance that applies to Cynthiana and Poseyville will also apply to Mount Vernon.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 18, 2020)

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