Pierce County commissioners OK wind energy regulations

PIERCE — The Pierce County board of commissioners approved a set of wind energy regulations Monday that could be viewed as a compromise.

Overall, the approved regulations are somewhere between the original regulations recommended by the Pierce County Joint Planning Commission and more stringent regulations discussed by the county board.

The action seemingly ends months of input, discussions and meetings — or at least until the first conditional-use permit application for a wind farm is put forth.

The regulations that were approved establish a set of rules more stringent than state regulations. At earlier county board meetings, it was disclosed that some landowners in the county had been approached by two wind energy companies seeking easements.

Before considering the matter Tuesday, commissioners clarified a stipulation that allows a house to be built within the 2,700-foot setback of a tower — provided a waiver is signed.