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City of Stewart

City of Stewart

City of Stewart
ORDINANCE NO. 162
The City Council of the City of Stewart hereby ordains:
    Section 1: Section §151.028 (D)(4) and §151.028(1)(3)(d) shall be added to RURAL RESIDENTIAL AND AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT Chapter 151 Land Use Ordinance of the City Code, Zoning Regulations
151.02B RURAL RESIDENTIAL AND AGRICULTURAL DISTRICT
(D) Conditional Uses within the Rural Residential and Agricultural District.
No structure or land shall be used for the following except by conditional use permit and in conformance with the standards specified in division (1) of this chapter.
(4) Solar energy conversion farms
(I) Conditional use permit standards for the Rural Residential and Agriculture Single-Family Residential District.
(3) Specific standards. In addition to the standards specified in division (2), no conditional use permit shall be granted unless the City Council determines that all of the specific standards contained in this division will be met.
(d) Solar Energy Conversion Farms.
(1) The applicant must submit a site development plan, drawn to scale, that includes:
(a) Location of the access road and gate(s), the perimeter security fence, the interconnection with the public utility system,, the solar panels, the inverters and any other on-site equipment
(b) Wetlands as delineated by a professional wetland scientist
(c)  Security fence setbacks of at least 30 feet from the parcel boundaries, 100 feet from the centerline of any public road, 25 feet from delineated wetland edges, and 250 feet from the nearest house other than that of the property owner.
(d) A sign at the entrance that indicates emergency contact information.
(2) Visual screening consisting of coniferous trees must be provided if determined necessary by the City council.
(3) Ground cover plantings must be installed to control dust. Pollinator-friendly species are preferred.
(4) A plan must be submitted for controlling noxious weeds on the site.
(5) A chain link security fence at least 6 feet tall must be installed around the perimeter of the solar arrays.
(6) Grading must be kept to the minimum necessary. The intention is allow the site to be returned to agricultural use after the project is decommissioned.
(7) A plan for decommissioning the project after its useful life must be included. This plan must include removing all above-ground and under-ground elements of the solar energy farm and an gravel used for roads or equipment. The site must be restored close to its original condition.
(8) The solar farm must be removed after 30 years of operation, or after 12 continuous months of not producing electricity, unless an extension of time is granted by the Council under a new conditional use permit.
(9) The applicant must agree that these and any other conditions imposed by the Council will apply to any subsequent owner or operator of the project.
(10) During construction and/or removal of the solar farm the public roadway that accesses the solar farm must be maintained and removal of all mud and debris must be removed immediately. The roadway must be returned to its original condition.
Section 2: This Ordinance shall be effective immediately upon its passage and publication.
Adopted this _________day of _______________2017, by the City Council of the City of Stewart.
                                CITY OF STEWART
    By:
Jason Peirce, Its Mayor
ATTEST:
By:
Ronda Huls, Its City Clerk
 (Published in The McLeod County Chronicle May 31, 2017)