Ripley County Area Plan Commission to meet tonight

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(Versailles, IN) – The Ripley County Area Plan Commission will meet tonight in the Ripley County Courthouse Annex at 7 PM.

There are two agenda items, one of which is the proposed ordinance amendment for industrial solar farms.

At the Ripley County Area Plan Commission meeting on June 6, several individuals expressed their concerns that they wanted more rules and oversight on the current ordinance. The current ordinance requires solar energy systems to go before the county Board of Zoning Appeals for a special exception. After the June 6 meeting, Ripley County Surveyor Jeff French proposed several setback and screening requirements to be added to the seven-page proposed ordinance.

Tonight’s meeting will deal with setbacks, screening, remediation, and more around the sites of the solar farms.

Ripley County residents are welcome to sit in on the meeting, and the Area Plan Commission will be taking public input.