To the Editor:
The draft solar ordinance prepared by the Planning Commission, with much insightful discussion and revision over two meetings, was passed unanimously by the Commission.
I commend their hard work to get a great ordinance in place prior to the moratorium’s expiration later this month. The members worked hard to protect Page County.
The same cannot be said for the county’s attorney who was, it seems, out of town and could not review the document.
For some reason, that also resulted in a delay in scheduling the public hearing and publishing the related notice. I do not understand why the meeting could not be scheduled and advertised prior to final legal review.
I have often thought that the county attorney and some county staff have been more concerned with protecting industrial solar than in protecting the future of Page County, its agriculture, wells, and quality of life.
I am hopeful that the moratorium will be extended — if it is not, we can expect a deluge of applications for solar factories.
But I have to ask: whose interests are being supported? Why does the county rely on an attorney who may or may not be available? Why aren’t other members of his firm available if he is not? Further, the county needs legal representation with demonstrated focus and skills on land use and zoning. The county is ill served by the present arrangement and needs to investigate other options immediately.
Cathy Herbert ~ Luray, Va.
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