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Mecklenburg supervisors correct solar permit flaws

SoVaNow.com / December 13, 2017
The Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors held a special called meeting Dec. 5 to clean up some technical problems with a special exception permit previously issued for the Geenex solar farm project.

The alterations were needed before Geenex can move forward with approval process at the state level.

Attorney Greg Haley, a Gentry Locke attorney hired by the county to assist with updating the zoning code and comprehensive plan, said a second vote was needed to correct the record, but not otherwise change the scope of the project.

He explained that Supervisors inadvertently failed to spell out in their motion, the conditions that attached to Geenex’s permit to install an 80-megawatt solar farm near Chase City at the intersection of Highways 47 and 49. These conditions — including site plan requirements during construction, construction mitigation plans, vegetation management, erosion and sediment control, storm water management, fencing, lighting, hours of construction, landscaping, and decommissioning — are required by the County’s zoning ordinance and must be set out with specificity in the approving resolution, Haley said.

The vote granting the permit initially took place at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Supervisors on November 6, but the resolution did specify the various applicable conditions.

The corrective action “should exactly replicate what the Board thought it did on Nov. 6,” said Haley.

The original vote passed with a 5-3 majority, with Dan Tanner, Glanzy Spain, Gregg Gordon, Andy Hargrove and Jim Jennings voting in favor of issue the permit and Glenn Barbour, Claudia Lundy and David Brankley voting against. The “clean up” action that occurred last Tuesday passed with the same majority.



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