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Planners discuss solar farms

The Mathews County Planning Commission met virtually on Dec. 8 to discuss the draft of the proposed solar comprehensive plan amendments.

According to planning and zoning documents, the draft for the proposed project size of solar farms constructed in Mathews states “To preserve the rural character of Mathews County, each solar energy facility should be no more than 100 acres in area and no closer than 0.5 miles to another solar energy facility.”

During the meeting, the planners were concerned about the potential adverse impact that solar facilities would pose on tourism and residents. Several of the planners agreed that solar farms are an eyesore and would negatively affect tourism. They also said that the property may be needed for future growth and farming. The planners were also concerned about the use of pesticides and herbicides on the land.

The planners decided that they would like public input on this issue and will advertise for public hearing for a future meeting.

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