Johnson County sets public hearing date for large-scale solar farm regulations

Johnson County solar farm

For the past year, county planners have been drafting rules for large solar facilities after a Florida company proposed building what could potentially be the biggest solar farm in Kansas near Gardner. The issue has garnered passionate opposition and support, and the county commission has now set a public hearing on the matter for April 4. Photo credit zak zak. Image used under a Creative Commons license.

In the next step of what has already become a contentious issue, Johnson County commissioners examined the county Planning Commission’s recommendations for the rules on large-scale solar farms Thursday.

The county commission only reviewed the recommendations and did not take any action, save to set a public hearing that commission Chairman Ed Eilert suggested could go on several hours and draw as many as 100 people, based on previous hearings and the volume of emails being received.