Comprehensive plan; solar facilities. (SB179)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta)


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 HB 509. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/28/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18103842D
12/28/2017Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/30/2018Reported from Local Government with amendments (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2018Read second time
02/02/2018Reading of amendments waived
02/02/2018Committee amendments agreed to
02/02/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended SB179E
02/02/2018Printed as engrossed 18103842D-E
02/05/2018Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Placed on Calendar
02/08/2018Read first time
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/16/2018Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2018Read second time
02/21/2018Read third time
02/21/2018Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/21/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB179ER)
02/22/2018Signed by Speaker
02/23/2018Signed by President
02/26/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 26, 2018
02/26/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 5, 2018
03/05/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 175 (effective 7/1/18)
03/05/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0175)