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Storage Batteries, First Responder Safety and Solar Zoning

The Livingston County Planning Department's Preliminary Agenda for July 11, 2019 listed reports that the Towns of Avon, Leicester, York and Livonia were exploring "Moratoriums [sic] prohibiting large scale battery energy storage systems for a period of one year".

The PILOT Law and should solar developers be given property tax exemptions?

The Steering Committee of Residents United to Save Our Hometown (R.U.S.H.), urges the Town of Rush to go on record by stating that the Town will not consider PILOT agreements for solar energy installations and the Town should formally Opt-Out of the RPTL §487 immediately.

Comparison Chart of the proposed Town law and the one proposed by R.U.S.H. Steering Committee

 Strengthening the hastily passed Rush local solar zoning law is important in terms of any Tier 3 solar installations built in the town; it is crucial if the Horseshoe Solar project is granted permission to locate on the proposed 700 acres in Rush. To help explain the differences in the currently proposed Town law and that proposed by Residents United's Steering Committee, we have constructed a comparison chart.

Why 20 to 30 acre size limitations for commercial solar energy generation facilities in Rush?

 The Town’s range of sizes for these facilities now ranges from 20 to 50 acres. This really is too much!  Click on "FIND OUT MORE" to view a photo of a 20-acre site. It is quite large. RUSH recommends a range of 20 to 30 acres. This, we believe, while still quite large, can meet the needs of the Town.  

Why would we want 150 acres of commercial solar energy generation facilities in Rush?

The Town's current law allows 20 to 50-acre facilities to be sited. This is really too large an area. The range should be 20 to 30 acres at a maximum! Also, land areas designated for solar energy generation need to be coincident to that designated as overlay districts so that the total land area for both overlay districts and energy generation shall each not exceed the 150 acres. In this way, we will not create a lot of excess acreage that will stimulate folks to consider whether or not they should be attempting to site more and more facilities!!!

"Creating the Community You Want: Municipal Options for Land Use Control" James A. Coon

NYS Department of State, revised 2009, reprinted 2015, page 6.

"The overlay zoning technique is a modification of the system of conventionally mapped zoning districts.  An overlay zone applies a common set of standards to a designated area that may cut across several different conventional or "underlying" zoning districts, with the standards of the overlay zone applying in addition to those of the underlying zoning districts.  Some common examples of overlay zones are the flood zones administered by many communities under the National flood Insurance Program, historic district overlay zones. .or an environmentally sensitive area.

There are no specific procedures in the enabling statues dealing with overlay zoning.  Overlay requirements may be enacted or amended in the same manner as other zoning regulations."

Key Activities & Issues


R.U.S.H. Solar Law Subcommittee

  • The R.U.S.H. Solar Law Subcommittee was created to review and evaluate §120-74 of the Town of Rush Zoning Law entitled, Solar Energy Systems (the “Solar Law”) and to work with the Rush Town Board to strengthen and improve our law, so as to enhance its defensibility against challenges and better align it with the will of the people of Rush.


Local Solar Zoning Law & NY Article 10

  • Article 10, §168.3(e) states “approval for a major electric generating facility may not be granted if the facility is not designed to operate in compliance with applicable local laws.” Yet, our Town Solar Law, as currently written does not entirely protect the Rush residents.


INVENERGY's Horseshoe Solar

  • INVENERGY's Horseshoe Solar project is intent on establishing an industrial scale plant on prime agricultural land in the towns of Rush and Caledonia in New York State.