Polk Struggles With Wind Power Regs

Polk County planners delayed consideration at Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting on a proposal to establish rules for development of wind power facilities.

The delay came after planners learned that state law may not allow them to restrict where these facilities.

The original proposal restricted these structures as an accessory use in the least dense land-use categories in the county’s development code.

The case, which was brought to county officials at the request of a nursery owner east of Lake Wales, is now scheduled to be heard Feb. 7.

This case involves only structures that would supply electric power to individuals.

There are no plans at this time to propose regulations to authorize wind farms.