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County commission denies solar farm application

The News Enterprise|Gina Clear|January 20, 2022
KentuckyZoning/PlanningPhotovoltaic Solar
The proposed property is an 868-acre site, consisting of eight parcels along Hansborough Road, South Black Branch Road, U.S. 62, and North and South Long Grove Roads near Cecilia and Glendale. The commission unanimously approved the zone change, but the approval was contingent on the approval of the conditional use permit. After hours of debate on the conditional use permit, requesting approval to operate a solar farm on the properties, the commission voted 3-1 to deny the permit.

Several residents packed the Hardin Fiscal Court room Tuesday for a county Planning and Development Commission meeting regarding applications from Hardin Solar for a zoning change and conditional use permit. The conditional use permit was denied.
 
In front of a packed house with a spillover room spilling over, the Hardin County Planning and Development Commission heard a proposal from the second solar company to seek approval in Hardin County.
 
In a meeting that began at 5 p.m. Tuesday and ended close to midnight and held in the Hardin Fiscal Court room at the Hardin County Government Building, the commission heard applications for a zoning map amendment and conditional use permit from Hardin Solar, a Community Energy subsidiary.
 
According to the application, property owners Allen and Susan Summers, Patrick Preston, Susan Smith Wright Coombs and Patricia Williams, Clara Greer, Red Oak Hill Farms, LLC, and Joyce and Charles Solar requested a zone change from rural residential to agricultural (A-1).
 
The proposed property is an 868-acre site, consisting of eight parcels along Hansborough Road, South Black Branch Road, U.S. 62, and North and South Long Grove Roads near Cecilia and Glendale.
 
The commission unanimously approved the zone change, but the approval was contingent on the approval of the conditional use permit.
 
After hours of debate on the conditional use permit, requesting approval to operate a solar farm on the properties, the commission voted 3-1 to deny the permit.
 
Because the zone change was contingent, the properties remain rural residential.
 
According to the county’s Development Guidance System Zoning Ordinance, the applicants have 30 days to appeal the decision to Hardin Circuit Court.

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