County Commission holds decision on solar ordinance

Oct. 29, 2013 @ 07:06 PM

While it received favorable response, the Rutherford County Commission was unable to approve a new solar regulation ordinance because of a quirk in state statutes.

During a special meeting Tuesday night, the Rutherford County Planning Commission submitted its proposal but state statute states a first consideration of a new ordinance has to be approved by the full board unanimously. 

Commissioner Greg Lovelace was excused from the meeting prior to its beginning.

It means commissioners will have to meet at 3:30 p.m. Friday to vote on a second consideration of the ordinance.

Commissioners will have their regular November meeting Monday night but the 90-day moratorium implemented by the county will expire on Sunday. Any applications submitted during the day would be exempt from the ordinance because it wouldn't be passed until the evening.

Planning Commission Chairman Ron Harrill said the intent of the new ordinance was to be simple. It was spurred by inquiries the county started to receive from developers interested in installing a solar farm in the county.