The Madison County Commissioners this week voted to extend a moratorium that prevents the development of large solar energy projects for an additional year. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report the moratorium was set to expire on Saturday.
With Tuesday’s vote, the moratorium will continue until Dec. 31, 2023, or until a new county ordinance on solar energy is approved, according to the publication.
Madison County Planning Department Director Larry Strange said a draft of a new ordinance is expected to be completed within the next two months. The ordinance, for which a public hearing must be held, would focus on solar developments that are 50-acres or more in size.
“There is a lot of interest,” Strange said. “The county might want to consider outreach meetings for the public in the north and south sides of the county.”
He said an online survey could be also be a possibility to gather public input.
A potential timeline for a vote on a new ordinance was not given.
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