Christian County Fiscal Court heard more discussion about the proposed solar ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting, but did not back up on the proposed 2,000-foot ordinance.
Meghan Stahl of Orien presented a solar ordinance implication, claiming that Christian County’s current proposed ordinance does not leave any usable space for a solar project.
“The currently proposed ordinance, including the 2,000-foot setback, is not at all consistent with support of solar projects and with the county plans. The state regulations state a 2,000-foot setback from residential neighborhoods, but the Christian County ordinance is proposing a setback from property boundaries which is actually much more excessive than residential neighborhoods,” said Stahl.
Stahl suggested that a distance of 500 feet would be more effective in minimizing both noise and visual impact.
“An ordinance like this which is intended to adopt zoning regulation, really deserves a plan and commission led public hearing and it deserves a board of adjustments that’s capable of granting variances,” said Stahl.
Magistrate Phillip Peterson advised the company to work with adjacent landowners rather than just the seller to adjust the stated variances, but the proposed ordinance would retain the same setbacks.
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In other business, which was presided over by Magistrate Mark Cansler, due to the expansion of Christian County’s industrial industry, the Fiscal Court approved Darrell Gustafson’s proposal to loan $500,000 from the general fund to the Industrial Development Authority Revolving loan fund.
The Fiscal Court approved the KACo Resolution and Interlocal Agreement, which will allow Christian County to participate in a KACo loan fund to purchase vehicles for the Sheriff’s office.
The Fiscal Court also accepted the bid for the Davis Road Project and the resolution for Hopkinsville-Christian County Airport, which is a proposal in which the county would transfer approximately 13.7 acres to the airport board.
“We’re trying to conform to the FAA regulations so that we will continue to accept and receive federal aid for the airport,” said Squire Gustafson.
Finally, the Fiscal Court approved the resolution for the EDF Grant, allowing the city to apply for state funds to support the Industrial Service Road of Commerce Part 2.