If you are just catching up - the Council has sent Solar ZTA 20-01 (the proposal for 3 square miles of commercial solar in the Ag Reserve with scant protections for forests, water quality, etc.) back to committee with instructions to gather more stakeholder input.
The first opportunity for input is a Virtual Town Hall on November 5 at 7pm. This event will be led by Committee chair (and sponsor of the ZTA) Councilmember Riemer and Council President Katz. A link for this meeting has not yet been posted but we will share by email and social media when it's available.
According to a press release from the Council, after the town hall, a working group of stakeholders will be convened to provide amendments to the ZTA, in time for the Council to vote on an amended ZTA in late January 2021.
This Town Hall is the first opportunity residents have had to publicly express concerns on this issue since March. Please plan to join the zoom if you can. Because broadband is spotty or non-existent in much of the Ag Reserve, we need anyone who can attend this online forum to do so - particularly those who lease farmland. Solar companies are already offering local landowners between 10-20 times what farmers pay to lease acreage.
Stakeholder input is needed to get solar right in MoCo in a way that balances productive soils, forests and water quality.