Lancaster planning commission recommends solar ordinance for adoption by board of supervisors

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—Following a public hearing where landowners voiced support for new forms of energy, new industry, and landowner rights, the Lancaster planning commission on Thursday, October 15, unanimously recommended a proposed solar ordinance to the board of supervisors for another hearing and consideration.

After nearly a year of hearings and discussions—interrupted briefly by the pandemic—planning and land use director Brian Barnes presented the draft utility-scale solar project ordinance to the commission.

“We’re one of the last counties in eastern Virginia that do not have a solar ordinance. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the point of the exercise was to explore it and look into it, to see what could be developed. Our job is to research and…

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