Solar photovoltaic projects; special exceptions for any project. (HB655)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Special exception for solar photovoltaic projects. Authorizes a locality to include reasonable regulations and provisions in its zoning ordinance for a special exception for any solar photovoltaic (electric energy) project. The bill authorizes the governing body of such locality to grant a condition that includes (i) dedication of real property of substantial value or (ii) substantial cash payments for or construction of substantial public improvements, the need for which is not generated solely by the granting of a conditional use permit, so long as such proffered conditions are reasonably related to the project. This bill is identical to SB 870. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102659D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/11/2020Impact statement from DHCD (HB655)
01/17/2020Assigned CC & T sub: Land Use
01/18/2020Impact statement from DHCD (HB655)
01/30/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/31/2020Committee substitute printed 20107158D-H1
01/31/2020Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107158D-H1
02/05/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB655H1
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/17/2020Reported from Local Government with substitute (13-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Committee substitute printed 20108318D-S1
02/18/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Read third time
02/19/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/19/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108318D-S1
02/19/2020Passed by for the day
02/20/2020Read third time
02/20/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB655S1
02/20/2020Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Placed on Calendar
02/24/2020Senate substitute agreed to by House 20108318D-S1 (98-Y 0-N)
02/24/2020VOTE: Adoption (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB655ER)
02/27/2020Signed by Speaker
02/27/2020Signed by President
03/06/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 6, 2020
03/06/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 6, 2020
03/06/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/18/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 385 (effective 7/1/20)
03/18/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0385)


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 35 seconds.