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Posted on: September 28, 2021

Board of Supervisors Legislative Committee to Discuss Limiting Solar Projects

Solar Development in Pittsylvania County

A called meeting of the Legislative Committee of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors has been scheduled for 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 12 at the request of Dr. Charles Miller, Chairman of the Legislative Committee and Banister District Supervisor. Among other things, the legislative committee will be considering different options for limiting solar development across Pittsylvania County.  

This meeting was originally scheduled for October 5 but was postponed until October 12. 

A public hearing regarding solar development and revisions to Pittsylvania County's solar ordinance surrounding revenue sharing options was advertised and scheduled for last week's Board of Supervisors meeting. To allow for additional consideration to be given to the matter, that meeting ultimately was pushed back to a later date. With help from Community Development and the Commissioner of Revenue, the Board of Supervisors has been considering different taxation options for solar projects for several months.  

Pittsylvania County's zoning ordinance has a variety of requirements and regulations for any utility-scale solar facility. This includes limits on the zoning designations where solar can be developed, decommissioning bond requirements, and setback and buffer regulations. There are also regulations about the distance between each solar project. The committee will examine these current requirements and regulations and consider ways to limit solar development across the county.  

The legislative committee will also discuss revisions to the music festival ordinance, which was revised earlier this year. The committee is interested in changing the structure of the ordinance so that the threshold for regulation is based on the number of attendees instead of the hours of amplified music.   

The legislative committee of the Board of Supervisors makes recommendations regarding policy or ordinance changes, which are then considered by the full Board of Supervisors. In addition to Chairman Miller, the other two members of the legislative committee are Westover Supervisor Ron Scearce and Dan River Supervisor Joe Davis.  

This meeting will be held in the main conference room in the County Administration building, located at 1 Center Street, Chatham, VA 24531. 

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