The Court of Appeals’ recent decision in Forest Hill Energy-Fowler Farms, LLC v Township of Bengal3 makes clear that municipalities cannot evade the procedural requirements in the Zoning Enabling Act by exercising the zoning power under the guise of the general police power. The case involved a situation where a county had issued zoning permits for wind farm development in townships that lacked their own zoning ordinances. While the applications for those permits were pending, the townships enacted ordinances under their general police power that imposed stricter height, setback, noise, and shadow-flicker requirments than the county zoning ordinance. The Court of Appeals held that the townships’ ordinances were preempted by the county’s, because they constituted procedurally improper uses of the zoning power. The Court specifically explained that a zoning ordinance is "one that regulates the use of land and buildings according to districts, locations, or areas." Because the construction of energy facilities is a permanent use of land, and is explicitly listed in the Zoning Enabling Act as being a subject of zoning, it can only be regulated through validly enacted zoning ordinances.