Comprehensive plan; solar facilities. (HB509)

Introduced By

Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna) with support from co-patron Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Comprehensive plan; solar facilities. Provides that a solar facility subject to provisions requiring the facility to be substantially in accord with a locality's comprehensive plan shall be deemed to be substantially in accord with the comprehensive plan if (i) such proposed solar facility is located in a zoning district that allows such solar facilities by right or (ii) such proposed solar facility is designed to serve the electricity or thermal needs of the property upon which such facility is located, or will be owned or operated by an eligible customer-generator or eligible agricultural customer-generator under § 56-594 or by a small agricultural generator under § 56-594.2. The bill authorizes a locality to allow for a substantial accord review for other solar facilities to be advertised and approved concurrently in a public hearing process with a rezoning, special exception, or other approval process. This bill is identical to SB 179. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2018Impact statement from DHCD (HB509)
01/08/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103844D
01/08/2018Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/09/2018Impact statement from DHCD (HB509)
01/17/2018Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
01/31/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (8-Y 0-N)
02/02/2018Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendment (22-Y 0-N)
02/02/2018Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2018Read first time
02/07/2018Read second time
02/07/2018Committee amendments agreed to
02/07/2018Engrossed by House as amended HB509E
02/07/2018Printed as engrossed 18103844D-E
02/08/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/08/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2018Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/20/2018Reported from Local Government (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Read third time
02/23/2018Passed Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB509ER)
02/27/2018Signed by Speaker
03/02/2018Signed by President
03/05/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 5, 2018
03/05/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/19/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 318 (effective 7/1/18)
03/19/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0318)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 1 minute.


This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

Move the committee committee amendments. >> shall the committee amendments be agreed to. All in favor say aye. Those opposed, no. The committee amendments are agreed to. Delegate hodges. thank you, Mr. Speaker. House bill 509 simply clarify thes the comprehensive approval process for solar facilities legislation says that a solar facility is in substantial accord with the locality's comprehensive plan if it meets certain criteria asout lined in the bill. I hope it would be the pleasure to engross and pass to the third reading. >> house bill 548, a bill to amend and reenact a section of the code of virginia, relating to voluntary boundary agreements; gis map. Reported from committee on counties, cities and towns. the delegate from culpeper, delegate freitas. thank you, what this dose is helps spotsylvania and orange counties to a list of localities entering into a voluntary buntary agreement they are permitted to submit a gis map depicting the boundary change. I hope it would be the pleasure of the body to engross the bill and move to its third reading. >> turning to page 17. Continuing with the uncontested block. Next up, house bill 590, a bill to amend the code of virginia