City of Coolidge
Arizona

Discussion Item
2836

To Receive Public Comments on a Zoning Code Amendment Sections 302, 501, and 702, to Add the Definition of Solar Farm and Make it a Conditionally Permitted Use in the AG and I-2 Zones.

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Department:Development Services DepartmentSponsors:
Category:Public Hearing

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RECOMMENDATION

Public Hearing - No recommended Action

 

DISCUSSION

The following amendments are proposed:

 

Section 302 of the City of Coolidge Zoning Code is proposed to be amended by adding the following definition alphabetically to the list of definitions:

 

Solar Farm: An installation or area of land in which a large number of solar panels are set up in order to generate electricity for use, sale, and/or transmission to sites or entities beyond the immediate site of the generating facility.

 

Section 501(C) is proposed to be amended by adding Solar Farm in alpha-numeric order to the list of conditionally permitted uses in the Agriculture Zone (AG) to read as follows:

 

              C.  Conditionally permitted uses

                            10.   Solar Farm             

 

Section 702(D) is amended by adding Solar Farm in alpha-numeric order to the list of conditionally permitted uses in the General Industrial (I-2) to read as follows:

 

              D.  Conditionally permitted uses

                            21.   Solar Farm             

 

A public hearing was held on June 6, 2018 by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  The Commission  concurred with the recommended action and voted to approve.  This is the second of two public hearings. 

 

FISCAL IMPACT

No Impact

Meeting History

Aug 13, 2018 7:00 PM  City Council Regular Meeting

D.S. Director Lopez advised this was a public hearing to amend the zoning code as it relates to solar farms, stating that currently the City has had a lot of activity with potential solar farm businesses, and that recently the Planning & Zoning Commission approved four (4) solar farm conditional use permits for four different sites, which would require site plans to still be submitted and approved at a later date. He advised that currently the City uses the definition of "utilities" for solar farms, and, that the amendment would clarify the zoning code by adding "solar farm" as a conditional use permit in the agricultural and general industrial zones. Mayor Thompson inquired if the amendment would impact three (3) sections of the zoning code, and, D.S. Director Lopez clarified that the amendment would add the words "solar farm" as a definition to all three (3) sections. There being no further comments by the public or Council, Mayor Thompson closed the public hearing at 7:20 p.m.