Solar Power in South County(posted May 20, 2018)
The Anne Arundel County Council’s eight-month moratorium on solar farms is coming to a close. During this time, DACA has been working to explore solutions for how to keep farms agriculturally productive while allowing the production of solar energy in ways that do not sacrifice agricultural land.
DACA advocates an innovative approach of “Dual Use” that allows the simultaneous use of land for agricultural and solar purposes. The benefit of this approach is that it's not necessary for agricultural land to be fully covered in solar panels in order to produce useful amounts of solar energy.
DACA made a presentation describing this concept to the Dispersed Energy Committee of the county’s Agriculture, Agritourism and Farming Commission. The presentation was also sent to decision-makers in the state and county government and shared with interested organizations and individuals. The March-April 2018 issue of the Villagercontained a copy of the basic presentation. To make the DACA presentation more widely available in a convenient format, a PDF version can be downloaded at right.
"The Mt. Airy Center" (posted November 20, 2018)
Neighbor along historic Mt. Airy Road recently learned that the Wilberforce Foundation (aka: the Fellowship Foundation or "The Family"), buyer of the home located at 869 Mt. Airy Road, has turned the residence into offices and a religious training center with boarding for young male missionaries. As a religious-affiliated nonprofit organization, the foundation is seeking to change the property's certificate of occupancy from "residential" to "institutional." Neighbors, community members and DACA are concerned about such a use in a residential neighborhood. The media links and documents listed at right provide some information about the organization that purchased the property and its plans for the location and interactions with the county.
Residents with questions or concerns about the property's use should contact:
When contacting the county, include the property address and building permit #B02355781
Above: Parking added by the property owner, as seen from a neighboring home. Below: An aerial view of 869 Mt. Airy Road.
A farm vehicle harvests hay beneath elevated solar panels.
Download the presentation
"Solar, Agriculture and Land Use in Anne Arundel County"(PDF, 11 pages)
From time to time, DACA receives or researches information about or related to zoning, land use, area developments or changes. We typically share such news and information in the Villager. This page houses supplemental links and documents.