Judge blocks development of controversial wind farm

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SUMNER COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) -

A decision to block the development of a Sumner County wind farm was based largely on a vote by the county commission, which went against what a planning commission recommended.

KAKE News obtained the complete 21-page ruling by Judge William Mott Sunday. It noted the county Planning Commission voted 5-3 in December 2016 against the Argyle Creek Wind Project. Mott wrote the County Commission improperly went against that vote, by approving a Conditional Use Permit in January. The county claimed the Planning Commission only made an advisory recommendation, not a decision.

Plaintiffs' attorney Jerry Hawkins also clarified for KAKE News Sunday night one ramification of the ruling. He said Invenergy is blocked from making a $10 million payment "in lieu of taxes" to Sumner County, not the other way around.


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A Sumner County judge has blocked the development of a controversial wind farm northwest of Wellington.

An attorney for a group of landowners says he learned of the ruling late Thursday. He explains the District Court judge ruled the paperwork for the wind farm was improperly copied from a similar proposal developed last year.

A lawsuit to stop the Argyle Creek Wind Project was filed against Sumner County in January. The ruling prevents the county from making an initial payment to Invenergy for building the wind turbines.

You can find KAKE's previous story here.

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