Last night, the Planning Commission announced the time and place of the long-awaited public hearing on the industrial solar issue in Winchester-Clark County. It will be held:
Tuesday, May 25th
Central Baptist Church
101 W Lexington Ave, Winchester, KY
We encourage our fellow citizens to plan to attend the hearing. It will be the only opportunity for public comment on this critically important issue. According to Chairman Shane Wiseman’s statements, public comment will be limited to 3 minutes per person. We recommend preparing your comments in advance to make the most of your time.
Details on the Ordinance to be Considered:
In addition to the solar developers’ ordinance, the Planning Commission intends to present its own ordinance at the hearing.
The Planning Commission’s proposed ordinance has been produced in closed-work sessions over the past several months without public input, and under the guidance of solar industry advocates.
Alarmingly, the Planning Commission finished this ordinance in January, yet it has not been made public for review.
Rather than engaging in the necessary work to examine the short and long-term impacts of industrial-scale solar facilities and their associated costs and benefits, the Commission has hastily advanced an ordinance that would allow industrial solar on thousands of acres of Clark County’s prime farmland without consideration of its countywide effect on our environment, our local economy, surrounding properties, liability to Clark County taxpayers, and the quality of life that we all share. More egregiously, they have done so with the express intent of excluding the public from the process.
The Coalition continues to advocate that the citizens of Clark County should determine the fundamental question of whether industrial-scale solar development is appropriate in our unique community, and in a transparent forum with the best information possible.
Stay tuned for the official public notice of the hearing in the Winchester Sun.
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