LAKE ALFRED – The City Commission on Monday threw shade on a proposed TECO solar farm.
The Lake Alfred Commission voted 4-1 to accept a land-use amendment that imposes a significant burden on building the TECO solar farm on a 300-acre orange grove owned by Berry Groves Inc., part of Jack M. Berry Inc., a family citrus-growing business. The property located in a rural area along Cass and Old Lake Alfred roads west of County Road 557 is zoned for low-density residential developments.
TECO had asked for a land-use amendment that would have permitted solar farms in low-density residential areas, but the commission majority agreed with City Manager Ryan Leavengood and the city Planning Board that the solar facility would be inconsistent with that classification.
The vote came after a discussion of more than two hours during which all six citizens who spoke on the TECO proposal indicated strong support. [click to read article]