The Cortlandville planning board will hear a presentation tonight by Keystone engineers on a proposal to install 7000 solar panels on 12 acres of prime farmland off McLean Road, across from Deerfield Heights in a neighborhood currently zoned for single-family homes.
A public hearing was held in December 2019 to provide more information for residents and address their concerns, but a petition has since been created asking the board to deny a conditional permit for the project.
Some of the objections raised include that a solar field would change the character of the neighborhood and reduce the amount of productive USDA Prime Farmland that can be used, according to the petition.
It also states that neighbors object to what they describe as “inaccuracies” in the Environmental Assessment Form submitted by the applicant.
They presented their issues at the December meeting and say they got a letter back from the NYC-based firm amount a month ago that was “dismissive of their concerns,” apparently blaming them on the general public’s misunderstanding of language used when completing the environmental form.
Currently, less than 10% of the town of Cortlandville is zoned for single-family homes.
Tonight’s planning board meeting begins at 7:30 PM at the Cortlandville Water Garage, but is not another public hearing.
Additional comments can still be submitted in writing.