By the Associated Press and KFDI News:
A proposed central Kansas wind farm has had a setback after weeks of hearings.
The Reno County Planning Commission voted 4-3 Tuesday to recommend denying the NextEra proposal near Cheney Lake. The Reno County Commission will make the final decision. They could still say yes to the project.
Members spent hours debating locations and distance recommendations for the proposal. The company also submitted a new plan, which eliminated a few of the proposed windmills and moved others.
Critics have raised concerns that the wind farm could hurt property values, generate noise and kill birds that fly into turbines.
Tuesday night’s hearing at the Fox Theater in Hutchinson was the fourth meeting of the planning commission to discuss the wind farm.