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File #: 22-462    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Zoning Text Amendment Status: Consent Agenda
File created: 10/10/2022 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 11/16/2022 Final action:
Title: Resolution of Intent for Zoning Text Amendment(s) related to solar energy systems
Attachments: 1. Att.A - Solar Energy Systems Project Timeline, 2. Att.B - Resolution of Intent
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AGENDA DATE: 11/16/2022

Resolution of Intent for Zoning Text Amendment(s) related to solar energy systems

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST: Adopt a Resolution of Intent to initiate a Zoning Text Amendment for regulations associated with solar energy systems.

ITEM TYPE: Consent Action Item

STAFF CONTACT(S): Richardson, Walker, Rosenberg, Herrick, Filardo, Rapp, Fritz

PRESENTER (S): Bill Fritz


REVIEWED BY: Jeffrey B. Richardson

BACKGROUND: On June 14, 2017, the Board of Supervisors amended the Zoning Ordinance to define and permit "solar energy systems" in the Rural Areas zoning district by special use permit. On September 21, 2022, the Board of Supervisors discussed the need to consider regulations specific to solar energy systems as part of the ongoing Zoning Ordinance modernization project.

STRATEGIC PLAN: Natural Resources Stewardship - Thoughtfully protect and manage Albemarle County's ecosystems and natural resources in both the Rural and Development Areas to safeguard the quality of life of current and future generations.

DISCUSSION: This proposed Zoning Text Amendment would include utilizing the County's existing zoning consultant, the Berkley Group, to advise the County on best practices for the development of Utility Grade Solar Facilities. Specifically, the consultant is expected to develop:
* Siting agreement standards
* Appropriate fees for the review of Utility Grade Solar Facilities, including the potential to hire and pay consultants and other experts on behalf of the County
* Submittal requirements
* Performance standards
* Review criteria
* Review procedures
* Criteria to allow the Board of Supervisors to determine if the County should adopt a revenue share for solar energy projects and energy storage systems, and if adopted, which provision(s) of ? 58.1-2636 of the Code of Virginia are most appropriate to include in the ordinance

The proposed project timeline is shown on Attachmen...

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