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Biggs Ford Solar Farm Requests Continuance After Similar Project is Denied

The Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals met Thursday evening to discuss three proposed solar energy farms, including the proposed solar arrays on former Walkersville Burgess Ralph Whitmore’s farm on Biggs Ford Road. Mr. Whitmore’s farm and a proposed solar farm at Ballenger Creek Pike and East Basford Road both lie on property in priority preservation areas. The Ballenger Creek Pike and East Basford Road property was the first solar farm on the agenda. After hearing testimony from the developer, Tony Checchia, a local realtor and entrepreneur, spoke on behalf…

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Town of Walkersville Opposes Solar Farm

On Wednesday evening, the Town of Walkersville voted to forward a letter opposing a solar farm on Biggs Ford Road. That letter from the Walkersville Planning Commission resulted from Tuesday evenings Planning Commission meeting. The Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals requested input from Walkersville, because the property lies within Walkersville’s area of influence and a priority preservation area as defined by Frederick County. The area of influence recognizes that the property is within Walkersville’s growth area. The Planning Commission in Walkersville noted that a solar farm is not allowed…

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140 Acre Solar Farm on Biggs Ford Not Part of Executive Order

On Friday, January 15, 2016, County Executive Jan Gardner took executive action to address the growing number of applications for solar farms to be built on agricultural land in Frederick County. Executive Gardner placed a six month hold on the consideration of applications for large scale solar farms. The executive action does not apply to any project with an application submitted before January 15, 2015. As a result, the proposed 140 acre solar farm on Ralph Whitmore’s Biggs Ford Road property will continue to be considered. Executive Gardner mentioned two other…

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Solar Farm Proposed on Biggs Ford Road

Former Walkersville Burgess Ralph Whitmore’s farm on Biggs Ford Road may soon be a very large solar farm. The Frederick County Board of Zoning Appeals will hear a request from Biggs Ford Solar Center LLC and Coronal Development Services, both of Charlottesville, Virginia, for a special exception use on the property which is zoned agriculture. The property is located just outside of Walkersville at the corner of Dublin Road and Biggs Ford Road. Biggs Ford Solar Center LLC plans to establish a non-governmental utility operating a photo voltaic solar farm. The farm…

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