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County Board denies zoning petitions

Solar farm, banquet hall fail to get approval

MORRISON – Two zoning petitions that already had received negative recommendations from local cities also were denied at the recent Whiteside County Board meeting.

Board members rejected a petition for a proposed solar farm and a banquet hall, both of which came with letters supporting their denial from the cities of Sterling and Rock Falls.

The first petition was for a special-use permit for a solar farm at 582 Stouffer Road in Sterling, requested by SolAmerica Energy, LLC/Whiteside-Klingenberg.

Several neighbors strongly voiced their opposition to the project at zoning meetings saying it would hinder residential construction in the area and hurt property values.

The second zoning petition was submitted by Juan Roman, who asked to change the zoning from residential to business for a former church at 12717 Lawrence Road in Sterling.

Roman wanted to open the building for banquets and parties to provide a safe environment for children, away from traffic and bars. The plan was for restricted activity but required a zoning change from residential to business.

Again, several residents near the location protested the zoning change, saying the intended use did not fit within a residential neighborhood and potential traffic increase.

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