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Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment

File #ZTA19-03 refers to a proposed text amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to incorporate provisions to allow Solar Energy Facilities to process in Jefferson County.

[Click Here] to view the amendment to the Stormwater Management Ordinance that was approved on 10-01-20.


Status of Text Amendment


Meeting Items

08-24-21: Planning Commission meeting to discuss Jefferson County Circuit Court Case #CC19-2021-C-33 and zoning text amendment ZTA19-03 (Solar Energy Facilities).  [Click Here] to view the Planning Commission meeting agenda for August 24, 2021.
08-16-21 - Judge Debra McLaughlin issued a decision on Civil Case #CC-19-2021-C-33 which overturned the zoning text amendment ZTA19-03.
 

04-12-21 @ 6:00 p.m.: County Commission Public Hearing

The County Commission adopted the proposed text amendment ZTA19-03, with an amendment to include an option for a reduced setback with a buffer. The vote passed with a motion of 3-1 (Commission Tabb opposed; Commissioner Stolipher recused himself from the meeting).

[Click Here] to view the Zoning Ordinance as amended on 04-12-21, with an effective date of 04-13-21.

04-12-21 @ 6:00 p.m.: County Commission Public Hearing

Virtual Meeting via GoTo Meeting

[Click Here] to view the draft text amendment ZTA19-03.
03-18-21 County Commission Meeting
[Click Here] for CC Agenda Packet
03-09-21 @ 7:00 p.m.: Planning Commission Meeting

*The Planning Commission made a recommendation to the County Commission that the proposed text amendment was consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, and noted that if there were any conflicts with the Plan, there had been changes of a social nature, which support alternative energy.
[Click Here] to review the Planning Commission's recommended draft amendment.

[Click Here] to view the signed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law.

02-23-21 @ 7:00 p.m.: Planning Commission Special Meeting (Virtual)

*The Public Hearing was closed on 02-09-21. The special meeting was scheduled to allow the Planning Commission additional time to review and consider the written comments and verbal testimony provided during the 02-09-21 Public Hearing.

 The Agenda Packet will be posted [click here] on the Friday prior to the meeting.
02-09-21 @ 7:00 p.m.: Planning Commission Meeting (Virtual)

Public Hearing on ZTA19-03 - Virtual via Zoom

02-09-21 Agenda Packet

ZTA19-03 - Draft Text Amendment and
cover memo


Public Comments Included in Agenda Packet for 02-09-21

Public Comments submitted after deadline for inclusion in the packet

01-12-21 @ 7:00 p.m.: Planning Commission Meeting (Virtual)

The Planning Commission voted to schedule a Public Hearing on February 9, 2021 to receive public input on the draft text amendment ZTA19-03.

01-12-21:

Planning Commission Agenda Packet
12-10-20 @ 9:30 a.m.: Special County Commission Meeting (Virtual)

The County Commission voted to vacate the October 1, 2020 approval of ZTA19-03 and return the text amendment to the Planning Commission for further review and consideration. The motion passed with a vote of 3-2 (Commissioners Compton and Hudson opposing).

 12-10-20 CC Meeting Minutes

10-01-20 @ 9:30 a.m.: County Commission Meeting (Virtual)

The County Commission voted to adopt the proposed amendment as written, with one change to increase the required setback from 100' to 200'. The motion passed with a vote of 3 for and 2 opposed (JT and RL). The amendment will go into effect November 16, 2020.


10-01-20

ZTA19-03 - Approved 10-01-20

Amendment to Stormwater Management Ordinance - Approved 10-01-20

Staff PPT Presentation

Written Comments Submitted to CC


09-25-20 @ 9:30 a.m.: County Commission Public Workshop (Virtual)


09-25-20

Staff PPT Presentation


ASCE Hydrologic Response of Solar Farms

09-11-20 @ 1:00 PM: County Commission Public Hearing (ZOOM)
[Click Here] for draft text amendment to Zoning Ordinance
[Click Here] for draft text amendment to Stormwater Management Ordinance

*The County Commission voted to keep the public comment period open through September 25, 2020. Written comments may be submitted to the County Commission Office via email: info@jeffersoncountywv.org; submitted in person: 124 E. Washington St., Charles Town; or by mail: P.O. Box 250, Charles Town, WV 25414.

09-11-20

Staff PPT
Presentation

08-20-20 @ 1:00 PM: County Commission Public Workshop #2 - Industry Representatives
08-20-20

Sam Gulland,
Torch Clean Energy
PPT Presentation


Emily Dalager,
EDF Renewables
PPT Presentation

08-06-20: County Commission Public Workshop #1 -
Zoning Administrator Presentation

 08-06-20

Staff PPT
Presentation

07-30-20: County Commission voted to hold a public workshop on August 6, with staff providing an overview of the proposed amendment.
07-30-20 CC Agenda Packet
07-16-20: County Commission voted to hold a public workshop on the proposed solar energy facilities amendment to be coordinated by staff (date tbd).
07-16-20 CC Agenda Packet
07-09-20: Planning Commission's recommended draft submitted to County Commission with a request to be included on the 07-16-20 County Commission agenda for the purpose of scheduling a public hearing. The agenda request also includes the proposed revisions to the Stormwater Management Ordinance related to Solar Energy Facilities.
07-09-20

Agenda Request submitted
to County Commission


04-22-20 Engineering Memo and Research regarding stormwater management for Solar Facilities

06-23-20: Planning Commission made revisions to the draft text amendment based on public input and voted to send the revised draft text amendment to the County Commission with a recommendation that the amendment was consistent with the Envision Jefferson 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

06-23-20

ZTA19-03 - Planning Commission's
recommended draft text amendment
to the Zoning Ordinance.

Comments Matrix

Written Comment Submitted to Planning Commission

 Articles on Solar Energy Facilities

Media

American Planning Association - March 2020
"Are You Solar Ready?"

Sparking A Conversation:
Local Farmers Discuss Large-Scale
Solar Development - The Observer - 09-01-20


NC Sustainable Energy Association - April 2017
North Carolina Solar and Agriculture

How Solar Plugs Into the Grid
The Observer - 09-01-20


NC State University - NC Clean Energy Technology Center
Balancing Agricultural Productivity with Ground-Based
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Development

Sparking a Conversation: Local Farms Discuss
Large-Scale Solar Development
The Observer - 09-01-20

Solar Development in West Virginia
A Pathway to a Brighter Economic Future

Commissioners mull solar facilities in Jefferson County...
The Journal - 08-06-20


APA Planning Advisory Service (PAS)
Planning for Utility-Scale Solar Energy Facilities
PAS Memo - Sept/Oct 2019


Perspectives from a Local Solar Professional
The Observer - 07-30-20


Planning for Solar Energy Briefing Papers (Six Total)

Solar in Jefferson County - The Observer 07-29-20



The Journal - 05-06-20
 
 "A Bright Idea" - 03-11-20 Spirit of Jefferson