AVON — The Town of Avon will hold a public hearing on September 13 to hear what the people have to say about a proposed local law permitting solar energy.
This new law proposal would allow commercial solar energy to be used and regulated. Currently solar energy is permitted for self consumption but, not as a solar farm.
“You can’t cover every contingency,” said Attorney James Campbell to a resident who raised concerns over her property value if solar panels were to be installed near her property. “If you’re worried about a particular use, say a solar array, having a potential negative impact on someone’s property because they don’t like it, it could be just as likely to be next to someone who thinks its pretty cool, who is an environmentalist and loves waking up in the morning and seeing it out their window, and saying this is a contribution to planet Earth.”
Campbell believes that having a public hearing about the new solar law will allow a wider range of opinions that may otherwise not be taken into consideration.
“I think that public participation is a good thing,” said Campbell. “It provides feedback and perspective that often enriches the planning board’s review of an application.”
The public hearing will happen September 13, at 6:15 p.m. at the Town Hall, 23 Genesee Street, Avon.