PUBLIC HEARING: PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 66 ZONING, ARTICLE XIV “ALTERNATIVE ENERGY GENERATING SYSTEMS” OF THE CODE OF THE COUNTY OF WASHINGTON, VIRGINIA, BY ADDITION OF DIVISION 2 – SOLAR ENERGY PROJECTS

WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

The Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors of Washington County, Virginia, hereby give notice of intent to conduct public hearings regarding a proposed ordinance, as follows.   The public hearings will be held in the Board of Supervisors Auditorium at the County Administration Offices located at 1 Government Center Place; Abingdon, Virginia.

The Planning Commission hearing will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard, after which the Commission will decide a recommendation for consideration by the Board.

The Board of Supervisors hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as may be heard, after which the Board will decide whether to adopt the proposed ordinance, as follows.

An Ordinance to Amend Chapter 66 Zoning, Article XIV “Alternative Energy Generating Systems” of the Code of the County of Washington, Virginia, By Addition of Division 2 – Solar Energy Projects              [Click on Text of Proposed Ordinance for access to the document.]

Adoption of the ordinance would provide for the siting, development, and decommissioning of solar energy projects. It would not apply to passive solar design, projects with solar arrays totaling less than 50 square feet in size, or projects for agricultural purposes.

A copy of the full text of the proposed ordinance is on file and available for public inspection in the office of the Washington County Administrator and, also, on the County’s website at www.washcova.com. Individuals requiring physical or sensory accommodations or additional information, please call the Administrative Supervisor, Office of the County Administrator, (276) 525-1300, or call 1-800-828-1120 for TTY/TDD relay services.

All citizens of Washington County are encouraged to attend.