Franklin County Commissioners start process for imposing tougher wind, solar rules

Brookville, IN — Franklin County Commissioners have started the process of imposing stricter rules for wind and solar commercial operations. The move comes after they heard concerns from several Bath Township residents last week. A couple of residents spoke to commissioners at yesterday’s session, asking for – among other things – additional provisions against heat damage and preventing potential damage to ditches that could result in flooding. Setbacks from houses were increased from 100 to 650 feet, with fencing setbacks going to 630 feet. Setbacks from a county road were set at 140 feet and 250 feet from a cemetery. Additional protections were added.  The regulations will be forwarded to the Area Planning Commission, which will hold a public hearing on the matter on May 12.