Council approves rezoning for Port Deposit solar farm
— 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
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.