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Mecklenburg supervisors hold off action on permit for Geenex / October 11, 2017

Following a lengthy public hearing Tuesday, members of the Mecklenburg CountyBoard of Supervisors opted to take no action on a request to install an 80-megawatt solar farm on land owned by Mac Bailey at the intersection of Highways 49 and 47 in Chase City.

Both Chase City Mayor Eddie Bratton and Town Manager Angela Lawrence asked the supervisors to forego any decision at Tuesday’s hearing. The request for a special exception permit was submitted by Geenex Solar, which is seeking to build its “Grasshopper” solar array at the site.

Bratton and Lawrence asked supervisors to wait until after Chase City Town Council issues its official public position on the Grasshopper project, and the town completes its petition drive designed to assess public support or opposition to the solar farm.

Bailey, the owner of the land, has pledged to donate $500,000 to the Town of Chase City if the county allows the Geenex project to go forward.

While the adoption of amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan would have no impact on Geenex’s grandfathered application — the company requested a permit before the county amended the code — the Board also decided to delay final action on those items.

Before the motion was made to table the matter, Clarksville-area supervisor Gregg Gordon shared his position in favor of solar farms, and the Geenex project in particular.

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