CHEMUNG -- A proposal to develop a 2MW solar farm facility on Snell Road is currently on hold, according to Chemung Town Supervisor George Richter.

Richter noted during the recent meeting of the Chemung Town Board that the municipality's planning board has reviewed the proposal from Delaware River Solar and is recommending that the town board approve the special use permit for the development with some attached conditions dealing with bonding and decommissioning of the panels.

However, the town board cannot entertain this issue until the proposal is reviewed by the Chemung County Planning Board, said Richter.

The reason the proposal needs to be reviewed by the county planning board is because it will be located on a county highway, he said.

Specifically, the development's location would be on 18 to 20 acres of land on the corner of county Route 60 and Snell Road.

The county planning board did not discuss this matter at its February meeting, said Richter. That session was held on Feb. 15.

"We can't move sideways or anything else with this," he said.

Once the county planning board reviews the development, then the town board would hold a public hearing on the special use permit application for the development.

The town board would need to approve that permit before any construction on the solar farm could begin.

The next meeting of the Chemung Town Board will be held at 7 p.m. March 14 at the town hall on the Rotary Road Extension. The public is invited to attend.


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