Public hearings canceled

Published 10:50 am Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Two public hearings set for Monday night were canceled because of inclement weather, according to information from the Charlotte County Administrator’s Office.

A joint public hearing set for 7 p.m. between the Charlotte County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission was intended to receive public comment regarding proposed zoning amendments for solar energy uses.

Additionally, a 7:30 p.m. public hearing by the Board of Supervisors was set to follow and accept public comment regarding “an amendment and appropriation to the FY 2017/2018 Charlotte County Budget,” according to a public hearing notice from the county.

At this time, the public hearings have not been rescheduled.

According to information from the Commonwealth of Virginia, the public hearings must be re-advertised publicly before being held at a new date.

The joint public hearing regarding amendments for solar energy uses was set to follow a Dec. 11 public hearing where several changes were made.

Elder said the county was initially approached by North Carolina Solar Developer, Holocene, in September 2015 with a solar application. However, she said based on the increase in knowledge, the planning commission decided it would be important to review some of the points in the original regulations.

“At the Dec. 11 hearing, citizen Bruce Hall expressed concerns about prohibiting the construction of utility-scale solar facilities within one mile of one another, particularly since the Holocene project that was approved was a smaller project (approximately 92 acres total),” Charlotte County Purchasing Agent and Planner Monica Elder said previously. “The Board of Supervisors asked the Planning Commission obtain more information from Mr. Hall (and) research additional options for that specific amendment. The Planning Commissioners took Mr. Hall’s comments into consideration and are now proposing a density regulation that would limit the amount of solar development in an area instead of requiring a specific distance between project sites.”

Additionally, the second public hearing would receive comment regarding a proposed amendment for School Capital Projects (Eureka HVAC/Buses/various school projects).

According to information from the Administrator’s Office, the money would be a transfer of funds.

However, During a Charlotte County Board of Supervisors meeting Monday, a motion was made to pay the appropriations, but a hearing would still be held at a later date.

“We’re going to reschedule it,” said Clark. “But an appropriation to pay for the bills that we owe on the construction of the courthouse needs to be done.”

“We gotta pay the bill, or we will be subject to paying late fees which I really think will be a mistake,” added Charlotte County Administrator R.B. Clark.

“I do want us to pay bills that we owe,” said Red Oak/Wylliesburg Supervisor Kay Pierantoni, “but we have penalized the citizens.” She said the citizens did not know.

No motion was made regarding a transfer of funds, according to Clark.