Posted on April 23, 2015
WAVERLY, MN – Waverly Planning and Zoning Commission listened during a public hearing April 16 to input from residents regarding a possible agreement with SunShares, a solar farm company that has purchased land in Waverly.
SunShares presented a proposed plan, which includes a chain link fence, grass berm, row of trees and shrubs, and a grass buffer area between the solar farm and residents’ properties.
Residents whose property is adjacent to the proposed site expressed concerns, including a possible decrease in property values, an increase in water runoff, sound disturbance, dangers to migratory birds, and blight.
Solar farms haven’t been around long enough to obtain proper research on the affect of home values, according to Jon Sullivan, SunShares director of project development.
“Part of the plan will be to correct runoff issues,” he added. “We can’t just maximize our property and run the water off to everyone else’s property.”
A grading plan will be part of the permit process, as well as a plan to keep the wetland on the property intact.
“We plan to build around it,” Sullivan noted.
For full story, see April 27 issue.