Rossanley solar project moving forward

Medford, Ore. — Dozens turned out for the second reading of an ordinance which would allow about 40-thousand solar panels on private farmland off Rossanley Drive. What residents didn’t know though, was the second reading was primarily for typographical errors in the ordinance, not whether or not the commissioners should have approved it. That was a done deal last month.

Still, commissioners heard all the citizens out Wednesday, and commissioner Colleen Roberts changed her vote.

“The precedence that [allowing the solar farm] opens and it does concern me,” Jackson County Commissioner Colleen Roberts says, “and the fact the citizens obviously had not all heard about this in a timely fashion- it was according to law- but citizen input is goal one.”

Commissioner Roberts was the only one opposed, so the ordinance is approved.

It could be appealed through the Land Use Board of Appeals, but at this point it’s moving forward. The one caveat is that the solar panels can only be in place for 30 years and will then be reverted back to farmland.

Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5, 6 and 11. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.

She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.

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