By Richard H. Dyer | Queen Creek Independent
Allowing solar photovoltaic energy production facilities of up to 640 acres to be processed as a non-major comprehensive plan amendment is to be discussed Oct. 17 by the Pinal County Planning and Zoning Commission.
Non-major amendments can be considered at any time of the year, while major amendments are heard once per calendar year, according to the comprehensive plan.
Increased applications for utility-grade solar facilities prompted the need for the change, according to a Pinal County Planning and Development Services document.
The change will “Help process the applications faster rather than wait for one year as non-major amendments happen over the year reducing wait time for applicants,” it states.