On Wednesday, June 16th, in front of a standing room-only crowd, the Planning Commission held a special-called meeting to discuss the May 25th public hearing on Industrial Solar and the two ordinances currently before them.
Although several planning commissioners were prepared to make a motion to recommend disapproval of the solar ordinances or to prohibit solar in the agricultural zone (A-1), the chairman stated that he would not entertain a motion.
Of the two ordinances, one was written by the solar developers and the other was produced by the Planning Commission in closed work sessions without public input.
Instead of allowing a vote on the ordinances in their current form and sending the issue to the Fiscal Court, the Planning Commission discussed making changes to its ordinance that would prohibit large-scale solar facilities in the Agricultural zone (A-1).
Based on their discussion, solar arrays would be permitted in industrial and residential zones.
The Planning Commission requested that attorney Bobby Gullette incorporate the changes into the draft ordinance prior to their next meeting on July 6th.
We will keep you informed of any updates.