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Gloucester planners to hold hearings on solar, BLA tonight

The Gloucester Planning Commission will hold two public hearings tonight on two requested conditional use permits for utility-scale solar energy facilities.

They will also have a hearing tonight about a proposed change to the subdivision ordinance which will clarify the definition of “Boundary Line Adjustment.” The meeting will take place in-person tonight at the T.C. Walker Educational Center at 7 o’clock.

The applicant, Impact Power Solutions, LLC, has submitted two CUP applications seeking to establish a utility-scale solar energy facility at the intersection of Maryus Road (SR 640) and Ditch Bank Road (SR 1104) and a large-scale solar facility on Ditch Bank Road.

Both properties are located in the county’s Bayside Conservation (C-2) zoning district and are about 24.7 acres in size. The properties are currently vacant and are adjacent to each other. The surrounding land uses include residential, farmland and wetlands.

Planners are also holding a public hearing on a prop...

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