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Oregon Solar Development on Farmland

Oregon Restricts Solar Development on Class I & II Farmland

By: Sierra Myers

Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) adopted amendments by a to Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 660-033-0130(38) that limit solar developments on high-valued farmland in the Willamette Valley and other Oregon regions.  

The new rules allow for 12-acre solar developments on lower quality soil (Classes III & IV) and 20 acre developments that incorporate other agricultural uses, grazing or to shade crops, in between the panels and larger solar projects would be allowed on farmland that isn’t zoned for exclusive farm use. The new rules restrict solar development on farmland that is under Class I & II soils.

Here is a link to an article covering this matter.

Farmland. Solar Power. Alternative Energy. Oregon land use.

Sierra Myers obtained her Paralegal certification through Boston University and is now working for Van Vactor Law, LLC as a Legal Assistant.


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