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Key deadline for a solar ordinance referendum in Eaton County

Posted at 2:22 PM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 14:22:37-04

EATON COUNTY, Mich. — There's a deadline today in Eaton County.

A group must turn in more than 2,000 signatures today if they hope to allow voters to decide if they want solar panels in agricultural fields.

The county recently voted to allow industrial solar development on agricultural land.

However, the Eaton County Coalition for Solar Regulation wants to keep large-scale solar projects on industrial zoned land.

They also want the decision left up to the residents of the county through a ballot measure.

The Eaton County Board of Commissioners passed the amendments to the zoning ordinance on March 20, 2019.

This allowed the coalition, which describes itself as a group of concerned homeowners, 30 days to come up with the necessary signatures to place the proposal in front of voters.

If the proposal gets on the ballot and is passed by Eaton County voters, the ordinance would go back to the way it was before.

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