Florida Power & Light seeking rezoning for new solar site in New Smyrna Beach/Samsula area

The Volusia County Planning and Land Development Regulation Commission on March 14, 2017 is scheduled discuss rezoning the old “Kirkland Sod” location in the New Smyrna Beach and Samsula areas for a new public utility site. The parcels border SR44 to the south and Ranchette Road to the east.

Florida Power & Light purchased the location in 2016 and is looking to rezone 1,192 acres. A majority of the property is presently cleared and per the PLDRC packet, FPL hopes to make it a universal solar energy center with photovoltaic panels placed around the majority of the 1,192 acre parcel.

Volusia County Staff recommends approval of the zoning change. Should the PLDRC also recommend approval, the zoning request will be brought to the County Council. Per the PLDRC website, this has tentatively been placed on the County Council’s April 20, 2017 public hearing.

The PLDRC hearing information can be downloaded at: http://www.volusia.org/core/fileparse.php/5906/urlt/Z17024.pdf