Judge to rule on solar farm’s appeal
Mary Katherine Murphy Staff Writer
LAURINBURG — Following a hearing last month, the ruling on Strata Solar’s appeal of the Laurinburg City Council’s denial of its solar farm permit request is now in the hands of a Superior Court judge.
Both the Chapel Hill-based energy company and city attorneys presented their sides in the matter of the permit request to construct a solar farm off of Johns Road within the city’s two-mile extraterritorial jurisdiction.
In April, after conducting a mandatory quasi-judicial hearing, the city council followed a recommendation by the city’s planning board to deny the permit, turning it down by a four to one vote. At the time, the council said that a solar farm would “not be in harmony” with its surroundings and would result in a decline in the value of neighboring homes.
Superior Court Judge Jack Hooks is expected to issue a ruling on the Nov. 25 hearing, in which several local landowners intervened to present their interests in the matter. No date for that ruling has been set.
“I think both sides made compelling arguments and we’ll just have to see what the judge says,” City Attorney William Floyd said.
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