Lancaster board nixes solar facility, okays seafood processing operation and adopts new election district maps

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—The Lancaster board of supervisors on Thursday, February 24, rejected a proposed solar facility on a 105-acre agricultural parcel on Mary Ball Road near Pinkardsville Road.

James and Elsa Lankford c/o Community Power Group (CPG) were seeking a special exception to construct a 3-megawatt, 25-acre utility scale solar facility.

However, The board denied the request, 3-2. Supervisors Ernest Palin and William Lee voted in favor of a motion to approve the application, but supervisors Craig Giese, William Smith and Jason Bellows voted against it.

This decision comes after the project was recommended by the planning commission in September and after the county paused the review of solar projects in order to further define portions of the comprehensive plan and ordinances related to utility scale solar….

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