Our concerns with the proposed 559 acre project north of Luray remain the same as they were when the board of supervisors voted it down in 2019: the development covers prime soils, the land is zoned for agricultural use, and it is not in keeping with the community’s vision for itself outlined in the comprehensive plan.
In the absence of a solar ordinance, the planning commission is working on a set of recommended conditions similar to what would have been addressed if the “good” ordinance supported by citizens were in place. These draft conditions include things like requiring design and construction modifications that will help protect soil and water quality and wildlife and terms that address lighting, signage and setbacks to mitigate impacts on neighbor landowners and the viewshed.
Please attend the public hearing on Tuesday, March 8 and express support for the planning commission’s suggested conditions on the project. If Cape Solar moves forward, this may be the only chance to ensure the project is the best fit possible with our county’s agriculture and tourism economies