Public Hearings

November 18, 2020

The Caroline County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Services Center Auditorium, located at 17202 Richmond Turnpike, Milford, Virginia, to consider the following requests: 

SPEX-01-2020 – Haggerty, Joseph, Owner; Crown Castle, Applicant: Request a Special Exception Permit in accordance with Article XVII, Section 13 (Standards for Special Use Permits) and Article IV (Rural Preservation), Section 5.21 of the Caroline County Zoning Ordinance on tax map #26-A35 (part of) consisting of 1 acre, more or less. This property is situated between Nancy Wrights Drive (Route 633) and I-95, north of Paige Road (Route 605), Port Royal Voting District. The 2030 Comprehensive Plan designates this property as Rural Preservation. Proposed Use: Construction of a new 285’ tower (and ground equipment) to replace a previously permitted and constructed 285’ tower located at 5721 Jefferson Davis Highway, Woodford, VA. 

TXT-18-2020: An Ordinance to amend the Zoning Ordinance of Caroline County by amending Article II, Section 2 (Definitions), to add the following definitions related to Major & Minor Solar Energy Projects: Decommissioning; Development Area; Photovoltaic; Major Solar Energy Project; Minor Solar Energy Project; Natural Areas; Rated Nameplate Capacity; Registered Landscape Design Professional. 

TXT-19-2020: An Ordinance to amend the Zoning Ordinance of Caroline County by Amending Article IV (Rural Preservation), Section 5 (Special Exception Uses), by adding Paragraph 40, Minor Solar Energy Project as a use permitted by Special Exception. TXT-20-2020: An Ordinance to amend the Zoning Ordinance of Caroline County by Amending Article XV (Supplemental Regulations), Section 8 (Development Standards), to add Paragraph V. The purpose of this amendment is to establish Development Standards for Minor Solar Energy Projects. 

TXT-21-2020: An Ordinance to amend the Zoning Ordinance of Caroline County by Amending Article XV (Supplemental Regulations) by adding Section 23 (Solar Energy Overlay District (SEOD)). The purpose of this amendment is to 1) establish the boundaries of the Solar Energy Overlay District; 2) establish General District Standards for Major Solar Energy Projects; 3) establish Design and Development Standards, Setbacks, and other regulations related to development of Major Solar Energy Projects within the Solar Energy Overlay District, and 4) establish Major Solar Energy Projects as a Special Exception Permit Use in the Overlay District. 

Any persons desiring to be heard in favor of or in opposition to the above are hereby invited to be present at the Public Hearing. Copies of the above applications are on file in the Department of Planning & Community Development, 233 West Broaddus Avenue, Bowling Green, Virginia 22427. 

Due to the public health threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person gathering size in the meeting room is limited to approximately 78 people based on guidance and executive orders from the Governor of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Health on social distancing and public gatherings. 

Accordingly, written comments will be accepted and will be distributed to the Planning Commission prior to, or at, the meeting for inclusion in the public record. Comments will be accepted by mail or delivery at the Department of Planning & Community Development office at 233 West Broaddus Avenue, Bowling Green, VA 22427 or via email to Lisa Zech. Submissions of written comments must include the citizen’s name and voting district. ALL COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 P.M. ON NOVEMBER 13, 2020. 

Citizens choosing to attend in person to address the Planning Commission at the public hearing will be required to wear cloth face coverings, maintain recommended social distancing at all times and have their temperature taken before entering the building

 Michael A. Finchum Director of Planning & Community Development