The Observer is tracking public meetings and opportunities for residents to comment on Jefferson County’s plans to permit utility-scale solar projects in Jefferson County. Due to a recent court ruling [read more], the “solar” text amendment to Jefferson County’s zoning ordinance was invalidated, so these types of projects are currently not permitted in the county. This post was last updated on September 1, 2021.
The Agenda includes two items related to the solar text amendment:
- Item 13.1: Discussion of the August 16 court ruling & comprehensive plan (executive session expected)
- Item 16: Discussion of potential amendment to the Comprehensive Plan to include provision for solar facilities
Public Comment is invited via email (to Info@JeffersonCountyWV.org) or during the meeting. Public comment is item 12 on the agenda, scheduled for 11:00 (this time may vary depending on the time used by other agenda items).
August 31, 2021 — Jefferson County Planning Commission meeting. Agenda included a discussion of the August 16 court ruling. Summary: the Commisssion moved to executive session to receive legal advice, then requested its attorneys to proceed as discussed in executive session.
August 24, 2021 — Jefferson County Planning Commission meeting. Agenda included a discussion of the August 16 court ruling. Summary: meeting cancelled.
August 19, 2021 — Jefferson County Commission meeting. Agenda included a discussion of the August 16 court ruling. Summary: the Commission moved to executive session to dicuss the court rulling. No public information about the Commission’s next steps was provided.
August 16, 2021 — Judge Debra McLaughlin, in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, issued a ruling that invalidated the text amendment ZTA 19-03 to the Jefferson County zoning ordinance. Prior to this amendment, utility-scale solar projects were not listed as a permitted use in any zoning district in Jefferson County, so with this court ruling, utility-scale solar facilities cannot be built in Jefferson County until the County Commission takes new action to amend its zoning ordinance. [READ MORE]
Visit The Observer’s Solar Sightline story for related articles and resources about commercial-scale solar projects in Jefferson County, West Virginia.