A public hearing is scheduled next month for residents to provide feedback on potential changes to solar regulations being drafted by Pottawatomie County officials.

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That’s Pottawatomie County Planner Stephan Metzger. The public hearing culminates 18 months of work by the Planning Commission and staff to determine whether commercial-scale solar facilities should be allowed in Pottawatomie County. Metzger says he’s borrowed much of the framework for the draft regulations from Johnson and Douglas counties.

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The proposed regulations cover small-scale projects known as solar gardens, limited to 16 acres, as well as large-scale commercial solar projects, up to several thousands of acres.

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To date, Pottawatomie County has not determined whether solar facilities should be permitted.

The public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Wamego.