Eaton County Coalition for Solar Regulation failed to collect the required number of signatures to bring a repeal of the recently adopted zoning ordinance governing solar arrays to the ballot.
April Stopczynski from Chester Township, founding member of Eaton County Coalition for Solar Regulation, spearheaded the collection of a required 2,152 signatures by April 22, 2019. The group was only able to collect about 1400 signatures before the deadline.
The Eaton County Democratic Party passed a resolution at the February 21, 2019 meeting in support of the Eaton County Board of Commissioners in their proactive approach to setting up guidelines for large solar array developments.
Without the specific solar guidelines, all solar array development applications would have been submitted to the Planning and Zoning committee via ‘special permitting’ ordinances. Each plan would have been reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
In an op-ed published in the County Journal, Terrance Augustine, Chair of the Eaton Board of Commissioners, said, “New language sets the minimum conditions for solar energy systems and allows the planning commission to set further restrictions or requirements, based on the variables of each project.”