A proposed energy complex outside Pueblo that could include a nuclear power plant has cleared an early hurdle in the planning process.
The Pueblo County Planning Commission voted 5-3 yesterday to recommend the county change the zoning from agricultural to planned unit development on nearly 40 square miles, or 25,000 acres, in eastern Pueblo County.
The final decision is up to the county commission, which isn’t bound by the planning recommendation.
Developer Don Banner told the Planning Commission his complex could include solar, wind and geothermal energy as well as nuclear. He has said no company has firm plans to build a nuclear plant there.
Several speakers opposed the plant. The vote wasn’t taken until nearly midnight.
Banner plans to make presentations about his proposal to area elected officials.