Canadian County Commissioners will hear comments from the public about the merits of establishing a County Planning Commission during a public hearing at 9 a.m., Saturday Jan 5 in the south side meeting room at the Canadian Valley Technical Center in El Reno.
The commissioners are considering calling a special election to establish a planning commission to help “direct orderly, coordinated physical development throughout unincorporated portions of Canadian County.” State law requires voter approval to establishment of such a commission.
If established, a county planning commission could create zoning and other development requirements for those unincorporated areas.
The proposal comes in the midst of an effort by Virginia-based Apex Wind Energy to build a series of large commercial wind farms in the county. Some opponents of the wind farms believe the commission is needed to regulate the placement and operation of those wind farms.
However, the Canadian County Commissioners will not entertain comments on the wind farms, they are there to discuss the merit of establishing a county planning commission, according to Canadian County Clerk Shelley Dickerson