PCR Investments requested a rezoning on Highway 22 and Sioux Ave SE for a utility scale solar project.

The ordinance associated with application (PZC-23-28330) was approved 5-0 at the JC Board of Supervisors final consideration on Dec. 21, 2023.

This page provides a timeline and links to the applicant's submittals, staff reports and other documents related to this specific application. The page is updated with revised documents, meeting and public comment announcements, etc. as the application moves through the process. Historical information is saved for reference.

An overview of the utility scale solar application process and requirements is available here.

If you have questions about this project or utility scale solar in general, contact the Planning, Development and Sustainability (PDS) Department by email at [email protected] or by phone at 319-356-6083. The documents posted here are available for in-person viewing at the PDS office, third floor of the Health and Human Services Building at 855 S. Dubuque St. in Iowa City.

Overview

The application (PZC-23-28330) was filed Feb. 9, 2023.

Revised filings were received on Apr. 28, 2023, July 10, 2023, Oct. 2, 2023, Oct. 20, 2023, and Oct. 30, 2023. In addition, a supplemental document--landscape buffer plan--was received on Nov. 7, 2023, amended Nov. 17, 2023, and amended Dec. 6, 2023. A final landscape, per zoning approval on Dec. 14, 2023, was received on

The application was heard on Nov. 13, 2023, by the Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission. The Commission voted 3-1 (one additional commissioner absent) to recommend approval of the application, with conditions, to the Board of Supervisors.

The proposed ordinance associated with application (PZC-23-28330) on first and second considerations, subject to the conditions as outlined in the ordinance, was approved (5-0) at the JC Board of Supervisors hearing on Dec. 14, 2023 and passed third (final) consideration Dec. 21, 2023.

 


Detailed Timeline (reverse chronological order)

Dec. 21, 2023: Ordinance No. 12-21-23-01 Zoning Application PZC 23-28330 was approved on third and final consideration, subject to the conditions outlined in the resolution, 5-0, by the Board of Supervisors. The meeting agenda, packet (including the application and staff report), minutes and video are available here

Dec. 14 2023: The proposed ordinance associated with application (PZC-23-28330) on first and second considerations, subject to the conditions as outlined in the ordinance, was approved (5-0) at the JC Board of Supervisors formal meeting.  The meeting included a public hearing. The meeting agenda, packet (including the application and staff report), minutes and video are available here

Dec. 7, 2023:  Applicant responded to the PDS corrections letter dated Nov. 22, 2023, for the landscape buffer plan dated Nov. 17, 2023, by submitting this revised landscape buffer plan on Dec. 7, 2023.

Nov. 22, 2023: Corrections letter regarding only the landscape buffer plan (received Nov. 17, 2023) sent by PDS staff to the applicant.

Nov. 17, 2023:  Applicant responded to the PDS corrections letter dated Nov. 9, 2023, for the landscape buffer plan dated Nov. 7, 2023, by submitting this revised landscape buffer plan on Nov. 17, 2023.

Nov. 13, 2023: The application was heard by the Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission. The application was approved 3-1  (one commissioner absent) with conditions

Nov. 9, 2023: Corrections letter regarding only the landscape buffer plan (received Nov. 7, 2023) sent by PDS staff to the applicant.

Nov. 7, 2023: Applicant submitted this landscape buffer plan on Nov. 7, 2023. It is part of the application that will be heard by the PZ Commission on Nov. 13, 2023.

Oct. 30, 2023: Applicant responded to the PDS corrections letter dated Oct. 25, 2023, by submitting this revised application on Oct. 30, 2023. It is the application heard by the PZ Commission on Nov. 13, 2023.

Oct. 25, 2023: Corrections letter regarding revised application (received on Oct. 20, 2023) sent by PDS staff to the applicant.

Oct. 20, 2023:  Applicant responded to the PDS corrections letter dated Oct. 13, 2023, by submitting this revised application on Oct. 20, 2023.

Oct. 13, 2023: Corrections letter regarding revised application (received on Oct. 2, 2023) sent by PDS staff to the applicant.

Oct. 2, 2023: Applicant responded to the PDS corrections letter dated July 21, 2023, by submitting this revised application on Oct. 2, 2023.

July 21, 2023: Corrections letter regarding revised application (received on July 10, 2023) sent by PDS staff to the applicant.

July 10, 2023: Applicant responded to the PDS corrections letter dated May 15, 2023, by submitting this revised application on July 10, 2023.

May 15, 2023: Corrections letter regarding revised application (received on Apr. 28, 2023) sent by PDS staff to the applicant.

Apr. 28, 2023: Applicant responded to the PDS corrections letter dated Mar. 3, 2023, by submitting this revised application on Apr. 28, 2023.

Mar. 3, 2023: Initial corrections letter sent by PDS staff to the applicant.

Feb. 9, 2023: Application filed.


Documents

Documents: MOST RECENT

 

OCT 30, 2023  REVISED APPLICATION RECEIVED (primary PDF)

 

Documents: HISTORICAL

IMPORTANT! THESE FILES ARE NO LONGER THE MOST CURRENT PROPOSAL. They are included here for historical record only.

DEC 7, 2023  LANDSCAPE BUFFER PLAN (supplemental document to primary PDF dated Oct. 30, 2023)

NOV 17, 2023  LANDSCAPE BUFFER PLAN (supplemental document to primary PDF dated Oct. 30, 2023)

NOV 7, 2023  LANDSCAPE BUFFER PLAN (supplemental document to primary PDF dated Oct. 30, 2023)

OCT. 20, 2023  REVISED APPLICATION SUBMITTED (all items submitted in one PDF)

OCT. 2, 2023  REVISED APPLICATION SUBMITTED (all items submitted in one PDF)

JULY 10, 2023  REVISED APPLICATION SUBMITTED (all items included in one PDF)

APR. 28, 2023  REVISED APPLICATION SUBMITTED (all items included in one PDF)

FEB. 9, 2023  APPLICATION FILED: Applicant's Submitted Documents

Multiple partial submittals were received for this application. The "Application RE Form and Letters" file includes all cover letters, checklists and general information received prior to the Feb. 9, 2023, filing deadline. The RE Form and Letters file included duplicates of information. The applicant also submitted the attachments. PDS asked the applicant to resubmit a single application packet in response to staff's requested corrections. That resubmittal was received April 28, 2023, and is posted at this page.

Application Renewable Energy Form and Letters  

Attachment A Location Figure

Attachment B Design Report

Attachment B Route Map

Attachment B Site Plan

Attachment C Adjacent Landowners List

Attachment D  Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)

Attachment D Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Plan and Vegetation Management (Ground Cover) Plan

Attachment E Agricultural Mitigation Impact Plan (AMIP) Report

Attachment F Glare Mitigation

Attachment G Decommissioning and Site Reclamation Plan

Attachment G (Exhibit A) Draft Performance Agreement Cost Estimate

Attachment H Sensitive Areas Analysis Report

Attachment I Stormwater Management Report

Attachment J Erosion Control Plan