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Linn County announces that dates have now been scheduled for the public meeting process for the Coggon Solar LLC utility-scale solar application project. Residents will be able to attend in person or virtually. If attending in person, masks are required in County-owned buildings. These scheduled meetings are for Coggon Solar LLC’s application only. No other utility company has submitted a solar application to Linn County. The application documents submitted by Coggon Solar LLC are available on Linn County’s website at LinnCountyIowa.gov/SolarFarm.
All utility-scale solar applicants in Linn County must undergo a review by the Technical Review Committee, the Planning & Zoning Commission, and three readings by the Board of Supervisors. The review process is designed to review all applications thoroughly against the development standards outlined in Linn County’s utility-scale solar ordinance. Additional standards may be imposed as part of the review process.
TECHNICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING
When: November 15, 2021Time: 8:30 a.m.Where: Linn County Public Service Center, Lower Level | 935 2nd St. SW, Cedar RapidsDial-in Number: +1 (786) 535-3211 | Access Code: 786-774-005Join meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/786774005
NOTE: The Technical Review Committee meeting is open to the public, but as is the case with all Technical Review Committee meetings, no public comments will be taken. This meeting is for staff to review the project with the applicant. Virtual attendees using a computer, tablet, or smartphone to connect will be able to view case presentations, but will be unable to view presenters or committee members.
PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION MEETING
When: November 29, 2021Time: 6:30 p.m.Where: Linn County Fairgrounds | 201 Central City Rd., Central CityMembers of the public can attend in person or virtually. Virtual attendance will require attendees to register. Register to Attend Virtually:https://event.gotowebinar.com/event/73b3bb11-4a07-4b0b-bb45-315d831894c2
NOTE: Public comment will be taken during this meeting. Comments will be limited to five minutes. Public comments can be submitted in advance by emailing Linn County Planning & Development. Comments will be read publicly at the meeting by Linn County staff.
During this meeting, the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC) can take one of the following actions: recommend approval of the application, recommend denial of the application, or table the application and request additional information. If the Planning Commission recommends approval, they can also recommend approval subject to additional standards. The Board of Supervisors can require the standards based on PZC recommendation, not require them, and/or impose additional standards. The PZC cannot impose additional standards, but they can recommend the Board of Supervisors do so.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS READINGS
Dates for the Board of Supervisors three required readings will be scheduled following the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting.
Requirements for the Solar Review Process
All utility-scale solar projects require an application to rezone the area to be used for the solar installation to (RE) Renewable Energy Overlay Zoning District.
Once an applicant submits a utility-scale solar application to Linn County Planning & Development, the review process begins. This process is robust and includes benchmark reviews from the Technical Review Committee, Planning & Development staff, and the Planning & Zoning Commission before any application is presented to the Board of Supervisors.
The review process is the same for all utility-scale solar applicants:
As of Nov. 4, 2021, Coggon Solar LLC is the only applicant that has submitted a utility-scale solar application to Linn County for review.
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Visit LinnCountyIowa.gov/SolarFarms for more information on the utility-scale solar permitting process in Linn County.