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Planners consider amendment for solar facilities

The Gloucester County Planning Commission will discuss a potential code amendment regarding solar energy during its meeting at 7 p.m. next Thursday, June 1, in the colonial courthouse.

Staff members first presented the proposed code amendment to the commission at its April meeting. The amendment, if recommended by the commission and ultimately approved by the Gloucester Board of Supervisors, would require larger solar facilities in the RC-1 (Rural Countryside) district to be approved by conditional use permit as opposed to by right, as they are now.

Senior planner Carol Rizzio said that representatives from Strata Solar have been invited to speak at the June 1 meeting to discuss what they thought about the CUP process. Strata Solar received approval earlier this year to build a solar farm on a 200-acre site off Route 14. That project is located in the county’s Rural Conservation (RC-2) district, where a Conditional Use Permit is already required for such facilities.

Also, Rizz...

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