Minutes January 25, 2016
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WABASHA COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING



Minutes

1. Chairman Kent Zarling called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Other members present were Gayle Gillespie, Ken Jacob, Jeanne Pietig, John Mortenson and Rich Hall.

2. Motion by Jacob/Mortenson to approve the agenda as presented. Motion carried.

3. Motion by Pietig/Jacob to approve the minutes of the October 26, 2015 meeting. Motion carried.

4. Public Hearing:

Application submitted by Geronimo Energy on behalf of Carina Community Solar Gardens, LLC for a Conditional Use Permit to construct and operate a commercial solar energy system on parcel 07.000031.00 located in Section 5, Township 109 North, Range 13 West, Town of Hyde Park.

5. Motion by Mortenson/Jacob to close the public hearing. Motion carried.

6. Motion by Pietig/Gillespie to move to the findings. Motion carried.

7. Motion by Jacob/Mortenson to forward the Geronimo Energy/Carina Community Solar Gardens CUP request to the County Board for consideration with a recommendation that the request be approved with nine conditions. Motion carried. The nine conditions are as follows:

• The project shall be undertaken only in accordance with the plans and specifications as submitted in the application or as outlined in these conditions.

• The County may enter onto the premises at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner to ensure the permit holder is in compliance with the conditions and all other applicable ordinances.

• A wetland delineation shall be submitted to and approved by the Wabasha WCA Technical Advisory Panel prior to the start of any construction activity. No solar panel or utility line shall be located in any area mapped as a wetland.

• The applicant shall post a bond or issue an irrevocable letter of credit in the amount of $25,000 per megawatt to cover the costs of decommissioning and site restoration upon project termination. Upon expiration/revocation of this permit or voluntary termination of the project, the permittee shall dismantle and remove from the site all solar panels, mounted steel posts and beams, inverters, transformers, overhead and underground cables, buildings and foundations, and roads.

• Except for designated roadways, the project area shall be re-vegetated as a low-growing, pollinator friendly native prairie. The vegetation in the project area shall be maintained to promote the pollinator friendly native prairie and to limit any noxious weeds or other undesirable plants such as any cool season grasses. A seed mix and maintenance plan shall be approved by the Zoning Department prior to the start of any construction.

• Construction shall be limited to daytime working hours.

• Existing natural screening shall be maintained on the property so as to provide a visual screen to any home located within 1,000 feet of the project.

• Testing for stray voltage that is a result of the project shall be conducted by a third-party consultant at the start of operation and shall be completed annually for three years. After that point, it shall be completed once every five years. The results from such testing shall be submitted to the Wabasha County Zoning Department within 30 days of testing. The costs for such testing shall be paid for by the developer.

• The solar modules shall be limited to a fixed-tilt system.

8. Public Hearing:

Application submitted by ZumbroSun, LLC on behalf of SunShare, LLC for a Conditional Use Permit to construct and operate a commercial solar energy system on parcel 07.00022.00 located in Section 4, Township 109 North, Range 13 West, Town of Hyde Park.

9. Motion by Gillespie/Pietig to close the public hearing. Motion carried.

10. Motion by Gillespie/Pietig to move to the findings. Motion carried.

11. Motion by Mortenson/Gillespie to forward the ZumbroSun/SunShare CUP request to the County Board for consideration with a recommendation that the request be approved with nine conditions. Motion carried. The nine conditions are as follows:

• The project shall be undertaken only in accordance with the plans and specifications as submitted in the application or as outlined in these conditions.

• The County may enter onto the premises at reasonable times and in a reasonable manner to ensure the permit holder is in compliance with the conditions and all other applicable ordinances.

• A wetland delineation shall be submitted to and approved by the Wabasha WCA Technical Advisory Panel prior to the start of any construction activity. No solar panel or utility line shall be located in any area mapped as a wetland.

• The applicant shall post a bond or issue an irrevocable letter of credit in the amount of $25,000 per megawatt to cover the costs of decommissioning and site restoration upon project termination. Upon expiration/revocation of this permit or voluntary termination of the project, the permittee shall dismantle and remove from the site all solar panels, mounted steel posts and beams, inverters, transformers, overhead and underground cables, buildings and foundations, and roads.

• Except for designated roadways, the project area shall be re-vegetated as a low-growing, pollinator friendly native prairie. The vegetation in the project area shall be maintained to promote the pollinator friendly native prairie and to limit any noxious weeds or other undesirable plants such as any cool season grasses. A seed mix and maintenance plan shall be approved by the Zoning Department prior to the start of any construction.

• Construction shall be limited to daytime working hours.

• Existing natural screening shall be maintained on the property so as to provide a visual screen to any home located within 1,000 feet of the project.

• Testing for stray voltage that is a result of the project shall be conducted by a third-party consultant at the start of operation and shall be completed annually for three years. After that point, it shall be completed once every five years. The results from such testing shall be submitted to the Wabasha County Zoning Department within 30 days of testing. The costs for such testing shall be paid for by the developer.

• The solar modules shall be limited to a fixed-tilt system.

12. No additional business discussed.

13. Motion by Motion by Gillespie/Jacob to adjourn the meeting at 9:20 p.m.

Agenda for this meeting

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