- Associated Press - Friday, December 9, 2016

WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Oconee County Commission members will leave a controversial rezoning decision on a 238-acre solar farm to a new group of commissioners to decide.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2he41ir) the commission voted 2-0 to table the request until next January’s monthly meeting, when the five-man commission will have three new members.

Prior to Tuesday’s meeting, the county’s planning commission voted unanimously to recommend denial of the rezone for a farm, which would be next door to two residential subdivisions and near several others.

Jon Williams, a spokesman for the landowners petitioning for the request, said the farm would generate 38 megawatts of electricity and an additional $300,000 a year in property taxes for the county.

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Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, https://www.onlineathens.com

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