Hemlock Hill Farm Solar Farm
Location: 46.08-1-1 (Yorktown) & 45.12-1-4 (Cortlandt); 500 Croton Avenue, Cortlandt Manor
Contact: Badey and Watson Surveying and Engineering, P.C.
Description: Proposed solar farm on a portion of the 50 acre Hemlock Hill Farm property.
Planning Board, 11-23-2020
The board has received a letter from the county saying that it has no objection to the solar farm. However, Mr. Bock called attention to the fact that the location of the solar installation on the county’s map was different from the location on the map provided by the applicant. The Planning Department will look into the matter. In general, the board agreed that this was a god location for a solar farm.
In a memo to the board, the Advisory Committee on Open Space (ACOS) raised two issues concerning the plan’s proximity to the Hunterbrook Preserve: stormwater runoff and visibility of the panels from the trails. The board said it would do a second site visit, this time from the vantage point of the preserve an assess what screening might be needed. A public informational hearing is scheduled for December 21.
Planning Board, 10-26-2020
The board did a site visit. The applicant has only submitted a concept plan. The solar panels will be on four acres on the part of the farm that is in Yorktown. It will be in an old, flat pasture area that is in the wetland buffer.
The Conservation Board has recommended that a pollinator mix be used under and around the panels.
Mr. Tegeder advised the board that the site has previously entered into a “transfer of development rights” agreement and that the board needed to see the documents. There was a brief discussion about the next step being a public informational hearing although it did not appear that a date for a hearing had been set.