Sussex Board of Supervisors hold meeting

In a short meeting on Thursday night, the Sussex Board of Supervisors discussed two major topics on their agenda. The first of these two topics was the Conditional Use Permit Application number 2016-03 for Virginia Solar LLC on behalf of Sappony Solar LLC.

Virginia Solar LLC is a Richmond based independent developer of utility scale solar projects in Virginia. Over the last several years Virginia Solar assembled the data to perform an extensive GIS analysis of solar site potential in Virginia. 

“The Virginia Solar Conditional Use Permit that we voted on tonight will allow Virginia Solar to build a solar farm in Sussex County,” Board Chairman Keith Blowe said. “It will tie in to the regular power grid to produce renewable and clean energy that will be sold on the open market.”

Pursuant to Section 16-22, subsection 17.2 of the Zoning Ordinance, the applicant, Virginia Solar LLC (on behalf of Sappony Solar LLC) was seeking a conditional use permit to construct and operate a solar energy facility on tax map numbers consisting of approximately 371.38 acres.

The parcels in question are zoned A-1, General Agricultural District, which allows the proposed use with a conditional use permit. The proposed site of the project is located on land south of Route 40 or Sussex Drive between the two intersections with Booth Road or Route 658. The site continues south across Booth Road to Palestine Road or Route 657 and is located in the Stony Creek Election District.

The other item discussed on the agenda was the 50/50 school fund carryover policy. This policy was one which concerned funds that the school used for various necessities which were given to them by the county.

“At an earlier meeting this month we acted on a matter with the school board regarding leftover funds at the end of the year,” Blowe said. “In the past we have a provision that any funds that the school board did not spend they would come back to the county, and the county would share those funds with the school board 50/50.

Blowe said this was discussed at the board’s previous meeting, and action was taken on it. c

“We later found out that that we were not ready action on that item,” Blowe said. “We’re going to revisit that at our next regular board meeting. During that session we’ll have some further discussion about it, and we’ll take possibly further action on that particular issue. We’ll just have to wait to see what that new action will be.”

The meeting, which was scheduled to run until 7 p.m., concluded around 6:30 p.m., earlier than expected. Blowe said this weekend he will be holding a town hall meeting this Saturday, at Fort Grove United Methodist Church beginning at 10 a.m. Representatives from the county administration and the school board will be attending this meeting. This meeting will allow people to hear updates on what is going on in the county, and get questions answered so issues can be heard.

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