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Review our Draft Ordinance

Coming soon! Bannock County Planning & Development is creating a new draft ordinance based on direction from the Board of Commissioners. The Commissioners have asked that the new version ban large-scale solar energy projects and large-scale wind projects in Bannock County. The updated draft of the ordinance will be posted here no later than Feb. 27, 2024. The Planning & Development Council will hold a public hearing for the new draft ordinance on March 5 at 5:15 p.m. at the Chubbuck City Hall council chambers.

Share your input to development@bannockcounty.gov

View the previous drafts of the ordinance here:

Proposal 1

Proposal 2

Proposal 3

Review our Draft Ordinances

Coming soon! Bannock County Planning & Development is creating a new draft ordinance based on direction from the Board of Commissioners. The Commissioners have asked that the new version ban large-scale solar energy projects and large-scale wind projects in Bannock County. The updated draft of the ordinance will be posted here no later than Feb. 27, 2024. The Planning & Development Council will hold a public hearing for the new draft ordinance on March 5 at 5:15 p.m. at the Chubbuck City Hall council chambers.

Share your input to development@bannockcounty.gov

View the previous drafts of the ordinance here:

Proposal 1

Proposal 2

Proposal 3

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What's happening with solar farms in Bannock County?

Solar and wind energy companies are looking to Idaho as a potential home for several large-scale energy projects. For example, the Lava Ridge Wind Project is a proposed commercial-scale wind energy facility made up of about 400 turbines on approximately 84,000 acres near Twin Falls.

In speaking with the Twin Falls County Commissioners about the impacts of this project, and hearing from concerned residents of Bannock County, the Bannock County Board of Commissioners decided to take action to protect the interests of our community.

Bannock County has an ordinance that addresses wind energy projects, but not one that addresses solar energy projects. In order to allow time to create an ordinance that would regulate a solar energy project, the Board of Commissioners enacted a 180-day moratorium on any permits for large-scale energy projects on Oct. 12, 2023.

During this moratorium, applications for any solar farms, wind projects, or other large-scale energy projects will not be accepted by Bannock County.

The Bannock County Planning & Development staff were tasked to write an ordinance to address several concerns, including:

  • Environmental impacts of a large-scale solar energy project, including wildlife migratory patterns, groundwater impacts, and fire fuel mitigation.
  • Rules for decommissioning a large-scale solar energy project to ensure the land is returned to its previous state.
  • Zoning requirements for a large-scale solar energy project to protect the character of our communities, specifically agriculturally-zoned land, and the quality of life of our residents.

A public meeting was held on Monday, Feb. 5, to give the community an opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns.

At the following work session on Feb. 15, the Board of Commissioners voted to have Planning & Development create a new draft ordinance that would ban large-scale solar energy projects and large-scale wind projects in Bannock County. The updated draft of the ordinance will be posted on this page no later than Feb. 27, 2024.

The Planning & Development Council will hold a public hearing for the new draft ordinance on March 5 at 5:15 p.m. at the Chubbuck City Hall council chambers. An official notice for this public hearing will be posted in the Idaho State Journal on Feb. 17.

Following the P&D Council’s public hearing, a second public hearing for the Board of Commissioners will be held on March 26, 2024. A time and location for that hearing will be determined soon. An official notice for this public hearing will be posted in the Idaho State Journal on March 9.

Following the Board of Commissioners’ public hearing, the ordinance may be officially signed and enacted by the Board, potentially on April 4th.

The moratorium on large-scale solar projects ends on April 9, 2024. 

Public Hearing March 5, 5:15 p.m.

Bannock County Planning & Development is creating a new draft ordinance based on direction from the Board of Commissioners.  The Planning & Development Council will hold a public hearing for the new draft ordinance on March 5 at 5:15 p.m. at the Chubbuck City Hall council chambers.

Planning & Development

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Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Closed all federal holidays.

5500 S. 5th Avenue
​Pocatello, ID  83204
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Phone: 208-236-7230
Fax: 208-232-2185
​Email: zoning@bannockcounty.us

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