Coun­cil ap­proves re­zon­ing for Port De­posit so­lar farm

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CHERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— The Ce­cil County Coun­cil voted unan­i­mously Tues­day to ap­prove a re­quest to re­zone a 47-acre prop­erty on Waibel Road in Port De­posit that its own­ers hope to turn into a so­lar farm.

The vote changes the prop­erty at 159 Waibel Road, which is owned by Carolyn Mer­ri­man and Ellen John­son, from low-den­sity res­i­den­tial to north­ern agri­cul­ture res­i­den­tial.

The coun­cil’s de­ci­sion was based on a mis­take in the county’s 2011 com­pre­hen­sive re­zon­ing plan when the prop­erty was re­zoned with­out the owner’s knowl­edge from north­ern agri­cul­ture res­i­den­tial to low-den­sity res­i­den­tial.

Ap­proval of the re­quest was also rec­om­mended by the county’s plan­ning com­mis­sion and the staff of the

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of­fice of plan­ning and zon­ing.

Mer­ri­man and John­son told county of­fi­cials they hope to build a so­lar farm on the prop­erty in or­der to gen­er­ate some in­come and en­ergy for the fu­ture since de­vel­op­ers don’t seem to be in­ter­ested in it.

It is the se­cond re­zon­ing re­quest ap­proved this year by the county coun­cil to own­ers who are in­ter­ested in in­stalling so­lar pan­els on their pri­vate land.

Ce­cil County gov­ern­ment it­self re­cently com­pleted in­stal­la­tion of a so­lar project on a 1.4-acre par­cel next to the county ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing in Elk­ton and on part of the roof of that build­ing. Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools, Ce­cil Col­lege, the town of Elk­ton and the pub­lic li­brary sys­tem are among the many county or­ga­ni­za­tions that have so­lar projects of their own.

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