Johnson County approves looser solar farm regulations — Here’s what they’ll allow

Johnson County solar farm

Johnson County commissioners on Monday voted 6-1 to approve new rules governing solar farm projects. Image of solar array used on Creative Commons license.

Johnson County commissioners overruled the county planning commission Monday, favoring a less-restrictive set of regulations for solar farms that solar power advocates say is more friendly to the farms’ future development.

What was approved: After a three-hour discussion and 36 comments from the public, the county commissioners rejected proposed rules recommended by the planning commission that had been criticized as some of the most restrictive in the country.