Residents ask for moratorium on solar farm
The Town of Brookhaven is facing a new legal fight over an old plan to set up a solar farm.
As News 12 has reported, the town planning board unanimously approved a plan and permit for a solar farm on a Shoreham sod farm. It will soon be transformed into a 60-acre solar production plant.
Residents against the solar farm urged Town Supervisor Ed Romaine to issue a moratorium on the project during a public meeting at Broohaven Town Hall in Farmingville Thursday night. Some residents have hired attorneys in an attempt to block the project.
Rose Marie Princi says residents in Shoreham aren't just concerned about what the solar farm will do to the character of their community. She says all of the solar panels will be bad for business and will decrease surrounding property values.
"It's no different than living next to a shopping center, or living on a double end road or a corner lot. It's just standard practice," Princi told News 12.
An attorney for the town says the board cannot act in a manner that would supersede the planning board's decision. Residents say they want the board to change the zoning in the area in an effort to render the whole transaction null and void.