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Carroll officials seek public comment on allowing ground-mounted solar panels on land zoned ‘Employment Campus’

Carroll County Times|Sherry Greenfield|October 10, 2022
MarylandZoning/PlanningPhotovoltaic Solar

Carroll County commissioners will hold a public hearing next month on a proposal to allow installation of ground-mounted solar panels on land zoned “Employment Campus.” ...According to Eisenberg, the ground-mounted solar panels may be approved separately from the development of the property. The ground-mounted solar field may be no more than 25 acres in size, or not to exceed 50% of the total gross acreage.


Carroll County commissioners will hold a public hearing next month on a proposal to allow installation of ground-mounted solar panels on land zoned “Employment Campus.”
 
The county’s website states that areas with this zoning are intended to provide for “comprehensively planned, high-quality employment centers in campus-like settings, to attract employers of highly skilled workers and primarily higher-paying jobs, including research and development, institutional, office, flex space, and other light and limited industrial uses, while also providing a more flexible approach to design and development.”
 
There are just two properties in Carroll County with this zoning right now, according to Lynda Eisenberg, director of the county’s planning department, and both are owned by the county.
 
One property is at 1348 Baltimore Blvd., in Westminster, and the other is on Klees Mill Road in Sykesville.
 
“This is for the purpose of expanding the county’s solar energy portfolio on suitable land,” Eisenberg said.
 
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Carroll County commissioners will hold a public hearing next month on a proposal to allow installation of ground-mounted solar panels on land zoned “Employment Campus.”
 
The county’s website states that areas with this zoning are intended to provide for “comprehensively planned, high-quality employment centers in campus-like settings, to attract employers of highly skilled workers and primarily higher-paying jobs, including research and development, institutional, office, flex space, and other light and limited industrial uses, while also providing a more flexible approach to design and development.”
 
There are just two properties in Carroll County with this zoning right now, according to Lynda Eisenberg, director of the county’s planning department, and both are owned by the county.
 
One property is at 1348 Baltimore Blvd., in Westminster, and the other is on Klees Mill Road in Sykesville.
 
“This is for the purpose of expanding the county’s solar energy portfolio on suitable land,” Eisenberg said.
 
According to Eisenberg, the ground-mounted solar panels may be approved separately from the development of the property. The ground-mounted solar field may be no more than 25 acres in size, or not to exceed 50% of the total gross acreage.
 
The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the proposed change on Aug. 16 and Sept. 20 and recommended approval, Eisenberg said. The Board of Carroll County Commissioners voted unanimously last week to hold a public hearing on the proposal Nov. 3.
 
Ground-mounted solar panels are mounted on the ground instead of on the roof of a structure. Jason Green, deputy director of the county’s Department of Public Works, stated in an email that he is not aware of a difference from an energy perspective between ground-mounted and roof-mounted solar panels.
 
Since October 2014, the county has issued a total of 941 solar panel permits, Green stated. Of that, 918 are for residential properties and 23 are for commercial properties. The majority of applications are for roof-mounted panels, he added. Only 81 ground-mounted panel permits were issued for residential properties and three for commercial properties.

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