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Gloucester board approves solar farm

The Gloucester Board of Supervisors voted to approve a conditional use permit for a utility-scale solar farm during its meeting Tuesday. The farm, located on Daffodil Lane, will be constructed by Strata Solar and will occupy 137.64 acres of land. It is expected to generate 20 megawatts of power.

The topic of solar farming was brought up at the beginning of the meeting by board member Phillip Bazzani, who expressed his opposition to the increase in solar applications in Gloucester. Bazzani had several issues with the construction of the farms, including environmental risk and property value impacts. His biggest concern was the county’s lack of legislation within the county’s comprehensive plan for solar facilities.

Before the public hearing began, he said, “I will propose that we seriously consider a vote for a pause on any further solar farm development here in the county until we have a plan going forward.”

Bazzani made that motion during the hearing, suggesting a pause unti...

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