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Posted on: October 12, 2022

Linn County Board of Supervisors Vote in Favor of Solar Moratorium

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The Linn County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in support of an ordinance that places a moratorium on accepting rezoning applications for the Renewable Energy Overlay District (utility-scale solar applications). The moratorium will expire automatically after three months unless extended by resolution by the Board of Supervisors. The moratorium may be extended no more than three times for a maximum period of 12 months.

The moratorium period will allow staff to closely examine and analyze Linn County’s renewable energy standards taking lessons learned from the two recent utility-scale solar rezoning applications.

“We’re not aiming for a perfect ordinance,” said Linn County Planning & Development Director Charlie Nichols. “We’re looking to improve our already good code into something more Linn County customers are comfortable with and can accept, which is reflective of our Customer-Centered Culture.”

Linn County’s Planning & Development Department will also create Renewable Energy Review Committees to help look at specific areas of the renewable energy code including, but not limited to, setbacks, vegetation, screening, agrivoltaics, and battery energy storage systems. The committees will begin meeting in November to help evaluate code updates and have input on the updated code.

Members of the public interested in being considered to serve on the voluntary review committees should complete an application available at this link on Linn County’s website or call Planning & Development at 319-892-5130 for a paper application. 

Sign up to be notified of future Board of Supervisors meetings and agendas once they are scheduled by visiting www.LinnCountyIowa.gov/NotifyMe.

For more information on the utility-scale solar permitting process in Linn County, visit www.LinnCountyIowa.gov/SolarFarms

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