Lancaster residents pack hearing on solar project; board issues approvals, 3-2

by Jackie Nunnery

LANCASTER—Residents for and against the 131MW Waller Solar Project in Lancaster County packed the old courthouse on Thursday, October 28, for a public hearing on a related special exception application and siting agreement. The board of supervisors narrowly approved both in 3-2 votes after supervisor Robert Westbrook’s motion to table the votes for further study failed, 2-3.

Westbrook and Jack Larson voted in favor of tabling the vote, Ernest Palin, Jason Bellows and William Lee voted against.

Palin, Bellows and Lee voted to approve the special exception and siting agreement, Larson and Westbrook voted against.

In addition to 14 letters sent to county officials, another 33 people expressed differing views about the project during the hearing.

Many of those in favor of the project, like resident Scott Griffith, believed that it was a property rights issue. “We’ve seen lots of changes in the last 30 years with hunting. Lots of timber cut, we’ve seen stuff sold and developed. I think the fundamental issue is, if a man owns his land and he needs….

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