Public hearings are set for this this month and February concerning a cell tower project and solar energy farm.

At the Appomattox County Board of Supervisors’ regular meeting this month, a public hearing will be held in reference to three zoning petitions that were forwarded by the Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission had met on Dec. 11 and decided to forward recommendation for three zoning petitions: “Rezoning, petitions, RZ190804-Shelia M. Roper, Trustee, requesting to rezone 3.0 acres on Richmond Highway in the Evergreen area,” “Conditional Use Permit petition, CUP 190811-Emmette Drinkard (property owners), US Cellular (applicant), requesting a CUP fora wireless communication facility in the Oakville area,” “Conditional Use Permit petition, CUP190812-Jeffery Carwile (property owners), US Cellular (applicant), requesting a CUP for a wireless communication facility in the Chap area.”

Falling River District board member, Chad Millner, made a comment at the Dec. 16 board of supervisors meeting on the cell tower project in the Chap community. He said it would provide a need for the people who live there, bringing cell phone coverage to the Chap area. Millner made a motion to schedule a public hearing for all three zoning petitions.

A public hearing for the Comprehensive Plan Amendment regarding Utility-Scale Solar Energy will take place at the February regular meeting.

Another public hearing was scheduled for the February meeting regarding the Planning Commission’s Zoning Text Amendments. In the Dec. 11 meeting, the Planning Commission voted to recommend several amendments for the Zoning Ordinance. The amendments will affect Utility-Scale Solar Energy Farms, with about 200 new or updated definitions. There is also an amendment to recreational vehicle regulation.

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