As Johnson County solar farm plan faces opposition, proposed regulations get more restrictive

The Johnson County Planning Commission on Tuesday, Dec. 14, is set to once again take up proposed regulations for utility-scale solar farms. Those proposed rules would be some of the most restrictive in the country, says the Florida-based company behind a plan to build a massive solar farm outside Gardner. Solar panels. Photo via Unsplash.

The Nov. 16 meeting of the Johnson County Planning Commission was a departure in tone from other recent meetings on utility solar regulations.

Where past discussions had drawn commissioners’ praise for their civility, the November meeting began with an attendee who attempted to stop approval of the agenda, a typically routine procedure.