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Posted on: June 7, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Public Meetings Scheduled for Review of Duane Arnold Solar LLC Utility-Scale Solar Application

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Linn County announces that meetings for the Linn County Planning & Zoning Commission and the Linn County Board of Supervisors are now scheduled for the review of the Duane Arnold Solar I and II utility-scale solar application projects.

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. The TRC meeting was held May 19, 2022. A video recording of the meeting as well as the application documents submitted by Duane Arnold Solar LLC is available on Linn County’s website. 

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION MEETING

When: July 28, 2022
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Palo Community Center | 2800 Hollenbeck Road, Palo
Members of the public can attend in person or virtually 
Join meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone: https://vimeo.com/event/2152325  

Public comment will be taken during the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting. Comments will be time-limited. Public comments can be emailed in advance to Planning & Development staff and will be summarized 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: PUBLIC HEARING AND FIRST CONSIDERATION

When: August 22, 2022
Time: 6 p.m. 
Where: Palo Community Center | 2800 Hollenbeck Road, Palo
Members of the public can attend in person or virtually 
Join meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone: https://vimeo.com/event/2152325  

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: SECOND CONSIDERATION

When: August 24, 2022
Time: 6 p.m. 
Where: Palo Community Center | 2800 Hollenbeck Road, Palo
Members of the public can attend in person or virtually 
Join meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone: https://vimeo.com/event/2152325  

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS: THIRD CONSIDERATION

When: August 29, 2022
Time: 6 p.m. 
Where: Palo Community Center | 2800 Hollenbeck Road, Palo
Members of the public can attend in person or virtually 
Join meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone: https://vimeo.com/event/2152325  

All Board of Supervisors meetings will have two opportunities for public comment: the first opportunity is at the beginning of the meeting and the second opportunity is at the end of the meeting. Comments will be time-limited. Public comments can be emailed in advance to Planning & Development staff and will be summarized publicly at the meeting by Linn County staff.

The Board of Supervisors will consider the application from Duane Arnold LLC and make a decision to deny or approve the rezoning based on the standards for review contained in Linn County's Code of Ordinances section 107-117 (h). The decision to deny or approve may be made at any of the three consideration meetings; however, final consideration and approval cannot occur until all three readings have occurred. The Board of Supervisors can decide to postpone the decision at the first or second consideration meetings. If, during any of the three readings, a majority of the Board votes to reject the application, the application will not move forward. All recommendations on the rezoning application, including the final decision by the Board of Supervisors, must be based on the development standards for utility-scale solar contained in Linn County's Code of Ordinances section 107-117 (h). Additional standards may be imposed as part of the review process. 

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:

  • Applicants must undergo a review by the Technical Review Committee (TRC), the Planning & Zoning Commission (PZC), and three readings by the Board of Supervisors. These are public meetings. The TRC meeting is open to the public but is not a public hearing (no public comments are taken). The PZC meeting is a public hearing where the public can comment on the application.
  • The Planning & Zoning Commission must consider the Technical Review Committee's findings and staff recommendation of the application, and must consider the proposed rezoning during at least one public meeting before submitting its findings and recommendation of approval or denial on the application to the Board of Supervisors. 
  • The Board of Supervisors will hold three public hearings for the rezoning request before making their final decision.
  • All recommendations, including the final decision by the Board of Supervisors, must be based on the development standards for utility-scale solar contained in Linn County's Code of Ordinances section 107-117 (h). Additional standards may be imposed as part of the review process. 
  • Linn County will notify the applicant and surrounding property owners of the date and time of the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting and public hearing and invite them to attend. 

Sign up to be notified of future meetings and agendas once they are scheduled.

Learn more about the utility-scale solar permitting process in Linn County.

 

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