Kent County Visit Focuses on Energy Pre-emption Issue

MACo’s visit with the Kent County Commissioners, part of the Association’s annual outreach effort to each jurisdiction, included extended comments on the recent court ruling regarding the county’s ability to exert zoning powers over a controversial solar power facility.

From coverage on the MyEasternShoreMD website:

John Barr, president of the Maryland Association of Counties, and Michael Sanderson, executive director, visited the Kent County Commissioners Tuesday, May 10.

Sanderson reported on the 2016 General Assembly session. While MACo support or opposition has a definite effect on how a bill fares in the assembly, not all the organization’s goals were achieved this year, he said.

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The commissioners drew attention to the Public Service Commission’s pre-emption of local land use ordinances in its decisions where to place power plants. Commission President William Pickrum opened the floor to public comment, and two representatives of Keep Kent Scenic spoke.


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Sanderson said the issue is “front and center” for MACo. He said a staff meeting on the issue was scheduled for May 11.

See previous Conduit Street coverage of the PSC ruling triggering the local concern here: Kent County Denied Pre Merits Hearing for Solar Farm by Maryland PSC

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties