Clock ticking on proposed Farmington solar farm

The timeline is in place as opponents once again voiced their displeasure Monday with the idea of a a 7-megawatt solar farm at Smith Farms.

On Monday night the Town of Farmington Zoning Board of Appeals continued with its public hearing, as it awaits the results of a SEQR study followed by action from the Planning Board. Delaware River Solar has proposed a 30-plus-acre solar farm, which would include 22,000 solar panels.

“Our specific charge is to deal with the setback variation request,” said Zoning Board of Appeals Chair Timothy DeLucia. “We can not yet make that decision tonight because the SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review) is not finished.”

The proposed project is spread over three parcels of land owned by Smith Farms. Delaware River Solar is requesting a variance in the minimum distance between the solar panels that it intends to use for internal boundaries and not external, pulling the project further away from neighboring properties. The project is spread over three parcels of land owned by Smith Farms.

“If everything is complete and satisfactory the Planning Board can make their decision at the January 16 meeting,” said Farmington Director of Planning and Development Ron Brand. “If everything comes together at the Planning Board the ZBA can take action at the January 28 meeting.”

According to Brand, Delaware River Solar needs a special use permit to build the solar farm in the agriculture district.

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