- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 6, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Deschutes County commissioners are reviewing permit applications for two solar farms east of Bend after neighbors of the project sites filed appeals.

The Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/O8iGsP ) that a county hearings officer approved permits for the solar farms last month after concluding the projects would comply with surrounding uses in the exclusive farm use zone where they are proposed.

Neighbors of both projects filed appeals last week asking the commission to reconsider the permits, they say the 70-acre project will change the landscape of the area, which is otherwise agricultural land.

As the solar projects are the first of their kind in the county, the commission has agreed to hear the appeals. There will be a public hearing Oct. 19. A decision is expected by Nov. 4.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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