I have a real problem with taking good farmland for this use. Unless I hear something in the public hearing tonight that’s going to change my mind, I’m not in favor of it.
— Planning Commissioner John Meadows (Lee District)
• Topic: Applicant seeks comprehensive plan compliance review to construct a 5-megawatt “utility-scale,” solar energy generation facility on 40 acres of a 170-acre farm along Route 17 just south of Bealeton.
• When: Thursday, April 15.
• Where: Warren Green Building, 10 Hotel St., Warrenton.
• Agency: Fauquier County Planning Commission.
• Action: Voting 3-2, the five-member commission determined that the proposal doesn’t comply the county’s comprehensive plan.
• Length: About 17 minutes.
• Speakers: Five, with three opposed to and two in support of the project.
• Issue: Loss of active farmland during the estimated 25-year life of the proposed solar operation.
• Applicant: Dynamic Energy LLC, Wayne, Pa.
• Landowners: Eddie and Sheila Bennett, Sterling, Va.
• Next: The planning commission serves as an advisory panel to the county board of supervisors, which has final authority. The board May 13 will decide if the project complies with the comprehensive plan. Its review requires no public hearing.