DADE CITY — Building a solar farm in a rural area makes as much as sense as opening a gentleman’s club next to a school, Noah Kaaa of Dade City said at Tuesday’s Pasco County commission meeting.
But that didn’t stop commissioners from voting to amend the county land development code to designate zoning districts where solar farms can be built, including in agricultural areas. The vote was 4-0.
Commissioner Jack Mariano and commission Chairman Mike Wells both said this was one of the most difficult decisions they’ve had to make.
“We worked to protect that whole area,” Mariano said. “Historically, people try to preserve certain things in this county, and I respect that.” After county staff members addressed concerns about how the amendment jibes with the land use plan, however, Mariano voted in favor.
The decision comes after the Pasco County Planning Commission granted Tampa Electric Co. special permission to build a solar electrical system on 350 acres in Blanton. [click for full article]