MDV-SEIA received word from the Anne Arundel County Council that they were considering new zoning restrictions for solar energy systems. Board members Stadlin and Murchie, together with the MEA, met with the County Zoning staff, who walked through the County’s concerns and intentions. The Council’s idea was to create a “conditional use” environment, wherein the default assumption would be that solar panels were permitted provided that they met certain criteria.
MDV-SEIA’s concern was that these new restrictions would add another layer of administrative discretion, approval, and expense. However, we worked to refine the language of the restrictions, and now believe the final policy is supportive and progressive of solar in Annapolis.