by Jackie Nunnery
LANCASTER—Following a public hearing, the Lancaster board of supervisors on Thursday, May 26, voted 5-0 to table a decision on a special exception request from Nancy Haynie Fisher and Hexagon Energy regarding the Sandale Solar project.
Supervisor Ernest Palin moved to table the decision until an updated solar ordinance is adopted by the board. Craig Giese, William Smith, Palin, Jason Bellows and Bill Lee voted in favor.
The county planning commission on May 19 voted 5-0 to send the ordinance to the board with the following comments/suggestions: reducing the 5,000-foot setback from historic properties; eliminating the term “designated scenic areas” since it is not definable; adjusting the tidal waters setback to 800 feet so it is consistent with the waterfront overlay district that applies to residential zoned properties; consideration made for scenic highways; and adjusting the time allowances for construction.
Ally Kranz, development manager with Charlottesville-based Hexagon Energy, outlined the 3 megawatt project off Old Salem Road near Pitmans Corner. “We focus on working with the communities….
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