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Posted on: December 28, 2017

Prince George’s Planning Department Seeks Feedback On The Draft Solar Energy Systems Guidelines

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Upper Marlboro, MD -- The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is seeking input from County residents on the draft Solar Energy Systems (SES) guidelines for Mandatory Referral cases. SES are also known as solar arrays or solar farms.  All SES that require approval from the Maryland Public Service Commission or other public agencies are subject to the Prince George’s County Planning Board’s Mandatory Referral process.

Applications for SES have become more frequent in our community just in the last year. The draft SES guidelines are developed to provide uniform standards to ensure consistency in the review process.  The guidelines will also support the goals of the County’s General Plan (Plan Prince George’s 2035), the Resource Conservation Plan, and functional, area and master plans, and implement zoning policies. The guidelines contain site preferences, location restrictions, buffering requirements and other standards to help ensure these facilities are good neighbors. Mandatory Referral is a review process through which all public-sector development projects (from federal, state, and local governments) and public and private utilities are referred to the Planning Board for review.  

The Planning Department will host a community meeting to provide an overview of the draft SES guidelines and the Mandatory Referral process to gather public feedback.

WHO:The Prince George’s County Planning Department

WHAT: Overview and feedback on the Solar Energy Systems Guidelines

WHEN: January 11, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, 4th floor Board Room Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

All comments and feedback on the SES guidelines are due no later than January 26, 2018. To review the SES guidelines for mandatory referral, visit Prince George’s County Planning Department web site: http://www.pgplanning.org/. All feedback on the draft guidelines may be sent to Ted Kowaluk at ted.kowaluk@ppd.mncppc.org or call 301-952-3209. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

About the Prince George’s County Planning Department The Prince George’s Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is responsible for preserving, protecting, and managing the County’s resources through high-quality planning services and growth management guidance. Visit our website, www.pgplanning.org to learn how you can become engaged in shaping the future of your community.
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