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Hearing tonight on revised solar ordinance

The Gloucester County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing tonight on proposed revisions to the solar energy facilities ordinance at the colonial courthouse on Main Street, beginning at 7.

According to planning and zoning documents, the proposed changes to the ordinance are as follows:

—Modify the definitions for small-, large- and utility-scale solar facilities;

—Add community-scale solar for commercial facilities up to 3 megawatts (MW); and

—Limit community- and utility-scale solar facilities to the Rural Countryside (RC-1) and Suburban Countryside (SC-1) districts by conditional use permit.

Supplemental regulations for solar facilities include:

—General requirements for all solar facilities such as maximum heights and product safety standards;

—Specific requirements for each type of solar facility such as setbacks and screening; and

—Specific submission requirements for those facilities requiring a CUP such as a site concept plan including existing...

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