Sumner County Planning Commission denies rezoning for biofuel plant

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WELLINGTON, Kan. (KAKE) -

For months, a controversial biofuel plant has been the talk of the town down in Sumner County. On Tuesday, both sides are hoping for a final answer as to if the proposed land will be rezoned to allow for the plant.

The last two meetings have ended without a final decision but that wasn’t the case tonight. The planning commission denied the proposed plan with a vote of 6-1. 

It appeared most of the people who came to the Planning Commission’s meeting were against the biofuel plant.

But one person who supports the plant argued that it would help Sumner County grow by bringing in new businesses. A Michigan company behind the plant says it will bring in 40 new jobs.

The site where the plant is proposed to go is near 110th and Meridian. The plant would turn wheat stalk into natural gas.

Concerned residents argued that the plant would use up too much groundwater that many homes nearby rely on.

But they said even with a victory tonight, there’s still more work to do.

“We still have to go into the commission meeting with all of our information and put out our best effort in showing them exactly why this is not a good idea for our community because they can still vote “yes,” said Alyssa Lancaster, who lives near the proposed site.

The Planning Commission will present their vote to the County Commission on November 26th. The public is allowed to attend that meeting. 

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