Mercer County Commissioners to Hold Open Session on Senate Bill 52 – Mercer County Insights

(9-8-22) The Mercer County Board of Commissioners has been empowered to regulate certain renewable power generation facilities by designating some or all of a county’s unincorporated areas as restricted. The Council has set September 29 at 7:00 p.m. as the date and time to provide information on this legislation and solicit community feedback. The meeting will take place at the Central Service Building.

LEGAL NOTICE

A non-voting public session will be hosted by the Mercer County Board of Commissioners to educate and solicit community input on recent legislation passed by the Ohio General Assembly. Senate Bill 52, now Ohio Revised Code §303.57 – 302.62, provides for more localized regulation of “renewable power generation facilities.” These facilities are further defined in Section 4906 as economically significant wind farms, large wind farms and solar facilities.

The Boards of County Commissioners have been given the power to regulate certain renewable energy generation facilities by designating some or all of a county’s unincorporated areas as restricted. With input from the townships, preliminary maps were created designating unincorporated areas in Mercer County that prohibit the construction of wind farms and solar installations.

Citizens of Mercer County are encouraged to attend this non-voting session scheduled for September 29, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. This session will be held in the first floor conference room of the Central Service Building located at 220 West Livingston Street, Celina, Ohio. There is a direct access door to this conference room on Sugar Street.

Based on community feedback, the maps will be finalized and the Board of Commissioners will begin the legislative process to formally designate portions of Mercer County’s unincorporated areas as restricted for the construction of economically significant wind farms, large wind farms and solar installations.

By order of

MERCER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

Kim Everman, Administrator/Clerk

Norman D. Briggs