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Bannock County hosting public meeting February 5 to discuss solar energy projects regulations

by | Jan 31, 2024 | Commissioner Press Releases, Highlights, Newsroom

A discussion on regulations for potential solar farms in Bannock County will be held next week.

On Monday, Feb. 5, from 5-7 p.m., the Bannock County Commissioners and Planning & Development staff will be at the Marsh Valley High School, 12655 S Hwy. 91 in Arimo, to answer questions and hear from the public about regulating solar farms in Bannock County.

Bannock County Planning & Development is drafting an ordinance to regulate large-scale energy projects in the county and asking for residents’ input.

“As our county grows, we need to have the right ordinances in place to guide the growth and protect the interests of our communities,” said Commissioner Jeff Hough.

On Oct. 12, 2023, the Board of Commissioners enacted a 180-day moratorium on any permits for large-scale energy projects to allow time for the county to create an ordinance.

Some items addressed in the draft ordinance are environmental studies, plans for decommissioning any solar facilities, and additional zoning requirements. 

Three different drafts of the proposed ordinance are available to view on bannockcounty.gov/solar. The public is invited to review the draft options and present their questions or concerns at the public meeting. 

Those who cannot attend the meeting in person are welcome to email their edits and comments to [email protected]. The meeting will also be live-streamed on the Bannock County YouTube channel

The Planning & Development staff will utilize the feedback from the public meeting in the creation of an updated draft to present to the Board of Commissioners the week of Feb. 12. Following that meeting, a public hearing may be set for a final opportunity for public input.

More information about this process is available at bannockcounty.gov/solar.

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