More Solar Power for Rochester

Rochester might be in for more solar power in the near future.

According to Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Richard Cutler, the Board recently received correspondence from Building Commissioner Jim Buckles notifying them of the potential for a 250-kilowatt solar array on Theodore Brillon’s property at 287 Snipatuit Road.

“My guess is he’s going to build it where the cranberry bog is, or was,” said Board member Kirby Gilmore.

Cutler said that the potential project, which is still only in its preliminary phases, was entitled the “Crimson Cranberry Bog Solar Project,” and would be on 1.1 acres of property.

“[Brillon] either has been or will be doing a significant amount of excavation there,” said Cutler, noting that this type of project is classified as an “Accessory Structure for Profit.”

In other Zoning Board news, a motion was approved to remove stipulation #2 as shown on an old special permit for Janet Dugan’s property at 124 High Street. That stipulation stated that the property is non-transferable.

Dugan hopes to sell her home, which is a two-tenement, but said she could not do so because of the preexisting stipulation.

“I can’t sell it because of that,” said Dugas.

The Board unanimously approved the motion to lift the stipulation, and any appeals must be filed within 20 days of the filing for this decision in the town clerk’s office.

The next meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled for March 13.

By Nick Walecka


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