Commissioners Vote on Renewable Energy Policy
(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – Today the Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners approved amendments to the Community Investments Plan and Unified Zoning Code, which addresses commercial wind and solar energy operations.
The amendments allow commercial solar energy systems that meet development and performance standards; allow for small wind and solar systems on individual properties that comply with guidelines; and prohibit commercial wind energy conversion systems in the City of Wichita and unincorporated areas of Sedgwick County.
“After a thorough analysis of public input, airport locations, and residential development patterns, commercial wind energy systems have been deemed incompatible with our area,” said Chairman David Dennis. “Going forward, solar panels will still be welcome in our community. Kansans have a long history of being good stewards of our natural resources and I’m pleased to continue that tradition in Sedgwick County.”
The new guidelines protect the area’s future growth potential, aviation facilities such as “airports and landing strips” and addresses “aesthetics, environmental and cultural” concerns related to an urban county.
Prior to today’s vote, County officials held several public engagement opportunities including public meetings and public online forums.
The City of Wichita is expected to vote on the matter at a future meeting.