From Karen Schnable, Riley Township Supervisor:
On Thursday, July 29, 2021, at 1:30 PM the McHenry County Zoning Board of Appeals will be hearing the Duke Energy Solar farm conditional use permit. The meeting will be held at the McHenry County Administration building, Conference Room A, located at 667 Ware Road in Woodstock.
Along with the request for the condition use permit to build the solar farm, Duke Energy is also requesting a variance with regards to the screening of the Solar Farm.
Here is the County agenda:
#2021-006 – Pleasant Grove Solar/Duke Energy – Riley Twp – A1-A1CV
The Petitioner is requesting a conditional use to allow for a Solar Farm and variations to allow for
1) an exemption from the requirement to screen with vegetation any part of the facility within five hundred feet of a right-of-way (except where the facility is within five-hundred feet of a residence requiring screening under the McHenry County Unified Development Ordinance), and
2) a setback of zero feet instead of the minimum fifty feet required from any lot line where adjacent parcels are located within two different jurisdictions and where panel arrays are proposed to be constructed contiguously from one parcel in unincorporated McHenry County and one parcel in the City of Marengo.
To request additional information or materials regarding this petition, please contact the Department of Planning & Development directly at 815-334-4560.