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Posted on: August 22, 2022

[ARCHIVED] POSTPONED: Public Meetings for Review of Duane Arnold Solar LLC Utility-Scale Solar Applications

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THE MEETINGS LISTED BELOW HAVE BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED.

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 Technical Review Committee meeting was held May 19, 2022 and the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting was held July 28, 2022. A video recording of both meetings as well as the application documents submitted by Duane Arnold Solar LLC is available on Linn County’s website. 

The meetings listed below are public meetings.

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  
Agenda: View the meeting agenda

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  
The agenda will be published 24 hours in advance of the meeting

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  
The agenda will be published 24 hours in advance of the meeting

Public comments can be emailed in advance to Planning & Development.

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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