Councilor Sabin introduced proposed Local Law No. H-2019 Extending for an Additional Three (3) Months the Moratorium on Commercial Free Standing Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems within the Town of Van Buren and made the following Resolution, which was seconded by Councilor Van Der Water:
WHEREAS, this moratorium extension will enable the Town to undertake review and comprehensively address the issues involved with commercial free standing solar photovoltaic systems; and
WHEREAS, the Town recognizes the potential benefits and desirability of commercial free-standing PV systems, but determines that time and research is necessary to determine how to properly regulate such installations; and
WHEREAS, the Town Board has deemed this moratorium extension urgent and immediately necessary in order to preserve status quo while this issue is examined by the Town; and
WHEREAS, no other agency has the legal authority or jurisdiction to approve or directly undertake the enactment of Local Laws in the Town of Van Buren, such that there are no other involved agencies within the meaning of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR) with respect to the proposed enactment of said Local Law.
NOW, THEREFORE, it is
RESOLVED AND DETERMINED, that there are no other involved agencies, the Town Board shall act as lead agency, and that the enactment of this proposed local law, is a Type II action under SEQR, thus concluding the environmental review process; and it is further
RESOLVED AND DETERMINED, that the Town Board shall conduct a public hearing as to the enactment of proposed Local Law H-2019 at the Town of Van Buren Town Hall located at 7575 Van Buren Road, Baldwinsville, New York 13027 on October 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, at which time all persons interested in the subject shall be heard; and it is further
RESOLVED AND DETERMINED, that pending action of this Local Law, the Town will neither accept nor process any application pertaining to commercial free-standing Solar Photovoltaic Systems.