If the proposed ordinance scheduled for a public hearing at Floyd County High School on Jan. 31, 2012, stands, proposed wind generator farms for Floyd County will never be built.

The Floyd County board of supervisors, in a 3-0 vote — with two of the five supervisors abstaining — gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an ordnance that would effectively ban development of the wind generator farms along the county’s ridge lines — along with any other development that extends more than 40 feet above virtually any ridge line.

The county has asked for use of the high school auditorium for what is expected to be a large crowd to discuss an issue that has dominated debate in the county for the past several months.

Supervisors had three choices: do nothing, create an ordinance regulating development or just ban it outright.

Several counties in Virginia regulate development on or near ridgelines.  Only two others prohibit it. If Floyd County’s proposed ordinance becomes law early next year, we will become the third.

Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.