No vote yet on Farmington solar farm

The public hearing for the proposed 7.3 megawatt solar farm on the Smith farmland on Fox and Yellow Mills roads has been extended until Apr. 17, because Delaware River Solar failed to provide the Farmington Town Planning Board the information it requested, such as a soil study, in order to take a vote.

Delaware River Solar, however, says it needs approvals from the town before it can even submit its proposal to the state Department of Agrilculture and Markets, which would result in the information the Planning Board is looking for.

At Wednesday night’s Planning Board meeting, the board voted unanimously to pass a resolution and read into record its reason for delaying the project, after receiving notification that it would be about two and a half months until Agriculture and Markets would issue a response.

“We’re going to read into the record a resolution, that will — even though the applicant doesn’t want us to, and because we feel that the information that is coming from Ag and Markets is important — we’re going to push out the public hearing until April 17,” said Planning Board Chairman Ed Hemminger.

For the project to go forward, the Planning Board must approve a special use permit and the subdivision of the parcel and the Zoning Board of Appeals must approve a variance for the required setbacks.

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