Bill Status of SB1602 98th General Assembly
Short Description: COUNTIES-WIND ENERGY FACILITY
Sen. Bill Cunningham
| 2/26/2021||Senate||Referred to Assignments|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Counties Code. Provides that there shall be at least one public hearing during which public comment shall be taken regarding the application for siting approval or a special use permit for a commercial wind energy facility. Provides that the public hearing shall be noticed and commence not more than 45 days after the filing of an application for siting approval or a special use permit for a commercial wind energy facility. Provides that the county board shall make its siting decision not more than 30 days after the conclusion of the public hearing or the conclusion of the special use permit hearing by the zoning board of appeals. Removes a provision that allows any part of a county zoning ordinance pertaining to wind farms that was in effect before August 16, 2007 to continue in effect notwithstanding the provision of the Section. Provides that a county with an existing zoning ordinance in conflict with the provisions shall amend such zoning ordinance to be in compliance within 120 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Specifies setback requirements, blade tip height limitations, and sound limitations. Provides that a county may not place any restriction on the installation or use of a commercial wind energy facility, except by adopting an ordinance that complies with the provisions, and may not establish siting standards for supporting facilities that preclude development of commercial wind energy facilities. Limits home rule powers. Defines terms. Makes other changes.