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Planning commission readies boathouse ordinance for public hearing January 18; awaiting feedback on solar facilities draft 

HEATHSVILLE—The Northumberland planning commission closed out 2023 on Thursday, December 21, finalizing proposed revisions on both the solar energy facilities and boathouse ordinances. 

The commission will hold a public hearing on the boathouse ordinance at the January 18 meeting. The commission held off further action on the solar ordinance until it receives feedback from Dominion Energy.

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According to county planner Stuart McKenzie, changes proposed during the past few months include increasing the minimum setback from 25 feet to 50 feet from property lines, reviewing a decommissioning plan after the first two years of operation with subsequent reviews after every five years and requiring surety bonds to increase by….

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