MADISON- Madison county updated its wind energy regulations, making them more stringent.
When the last towers were approved, the county only required setbacks for towers to be 1,000 feet from the closest occupied dwelling.
The new proposed regulations, which were approved by the joint planning commission, increase the setbacks to 2,200 feet.
If landowners sign an easement the requirement is still 1,000 ft
Mcwhorter says the next step in the process is for an energy company to apply for a conditional use permit. Only supporters spoke at the meeting and pointed at the economic benefits that would come with wind development in the area.
The full list of regulations can be found here: