The Pitt County Board of Commissioners will hold a quasi-judicial hearing on Monday, September 14, 2020 at or after 6:00pm regarding a request for a Conditional Use Permit. This hearing will be held in the Mark W. Owens, Jr. Auditorium in the Pitt County Agricultural Center located at 403 Government Circle, Greenville, N.C.
The Pitt County Planning Department is in receipt of a petition from Fresh Air Energy XI, LLC requesting a Conditional Use Permit for the operation of a Solar Energy Facility (i.e., “solar farm”) as required in the Rural Agricultural district. The subject properties are identified by the Tax Assessor’s Office as Parcel 18643 owned by Thomas and Trudy Tyson, located on SR 1911 (Brown Hodges Road) at its intersection with SR 1913 (Jack Quinerly Road); and a portion of Parcel 10521 owned by Marian Nelson McLawhorn, located on the northern side of NC 118, west of its intersection with SR 2227 (Stokestown-St. Johns Road). The subject properties are a combined total of 681.59 acres, of which 297.0 acres are proposed to be utilized for the solar farm. Citizens interested in obtaining additional information on the proposed Conditional Use Permit should contact the Pitt County Planning Department at (252-902-3250).
The public hearing will be held using quasi-judicial procedures. The purpose of the hearing is to establish facts related to the Conditional Use Permit request prior to consideration by the Board of Commissioners, not to gather opinions about the desirability or popularity of the request. Those persons wishing to speak to the Board shall be considered witnesses and shall provide testimony under oath. Testimony must be supported by substantial, competent, and material evidence. Cross examination of witnesses is permitted. Please be aware that members of the Board may not discuss particulars of the case with any party outside of the public hearing.