Tuesday, August 16, 2022

James City County approves construction extension for Norge solar farm

The James City County Board of Supervisors approved a special use permit to extend the construction deadline of the proposed solar farm site in Norge. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of James City Planning Commission)
The James City County Board of Supervisors approved a special use permit to extend the construction deadline of the proposed solar farm site in Norge. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of James City Planning Commission)

The Norge solar farm has a new construction deadline.

The James City County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Tuesday a special use permit to extend the construction date for the proposed solar farm in Norge.

Robin Lucey, development manager for Dominion Energy, had applied for a Norge Solar Farm special use permit amendment to change the construction expiration date by one year from Jan. 9, 2022 to Jan. 9, 2023.

Previously, Drew Gibbons of SunPower Devco LLC, applied for a special use permit on behalf of Whisper Ridge LLC to build a 20-megawatt solar farm near the Norvalia subdivision, which the Board of Supervisors approved in 2018.

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Alex Baruch, principal planner, who presented the agenda item to the board, gave a recap of latest development for the project.

He noted the proposed special use permit amendment affects the following properties: 320, 339, 341, and 345 Farmville Lane and 0.21 acres between 140 and 143 Oslo Court.

The James City County Planning Commission on Oct. 7 had approved the special use permit amendment to extend the construction deadline, he added.

Tim Connor, member of the planning commission, briefly addressed the board, too, reiterating the vote was unanimous.

Connor added Dominion Power was “confident” they could accomplish the project with a 12-month extension.

No one spoke during the public hearing portion.

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