Walkersville town commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday night to send a letter to the Frederick County Planning Commission opposed to rezoning an area near Walkersville from agricultural to a solar facility.
The Planning Commission asked Walkersville for comment on the rezoning amendment filed by Biggs Ford Solar Center to change 151 acres near Biggs Ford and Dublin roads for a 15-megawatt solar energy project. The commissioners voiced concerns about rezoning the land because of a desire to preserve the area’s agricultural aesthetic.
The Walkersville letter is not a final decision on the rezoning request, which the Biggs Ford Solar Center, a part of Coronal Energy, filed in September. A decision is expected in the coming months.
Developers of the Biggs Ford project did not respond to requests for comment.
Smith Elliott Kearns & Co. presented findings from its financial audit of fiscal 2018. The town’s total assets exceeded its liabilities by $21.5 million on June 30, the end of the fiscal year. The town has no current debt. In January, however, the commissioners signed a $7.5 million contract for the construction of a new water treatment plant.
The commissioners stated their concerns about a proposed needle-exchange program in Walkersville, though they voiced interest in training on how to respond to drug overdoses. Further conversations about the program will happen at the November meeting.
The town will update its design manual, used for zoning and planning, which was written in 1997. The expected cost of the update by the town engineer is $16,500.