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Lancaster OKs moratorium on commercial solar farms

When the Lancaster Town Board unanimously approved a six-month moratorium on commercial solar development, it joined a growing list of municipalities that are revising their town codes to keep pace with the skyrocketing industry.

Lancaster's moratorium will end Sept. 20, said Matt Fischione, Lancaster code enforcement officer.

"I've received inquiries by phone and email from commercial solar developers looking to lease farmland for the establishment of solar farms," Fischione said. "We need to address it in our town zoning codes so we don't run in to any problems. It's a brand new industry."

A seven-member solar-ordinance committee was formed to guide the process.

Other area towns who have recently revamped codes to govern solar development include Hamburg, Lockport, Wheatfield, Grand Island, Batavia and Aurora.

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