The hearing on a controversial application to build a 1,200 acre solar farm in North Annville Township, originally set for Thursday, Jun. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Water Works Fire Company, has been postponed at the request of the developer.

The township’s attorney, Paul Bametzreider, sent a letter on Wednesday afternoon to all interested parties announcing that Lebanon Solar I’s attorney, David Jones, “has had a medical emergency, . . . which required that he be admitted to a hospital for emergency surgery.”

Bametzreider’s letter also hinted that Lebanon Solar I might be willing to consider changing the project in response to vociferous community opposition.

“Mr. Jones had contacted us on Thursday, June 17, 2021 indicating that they would be
seeking a continuance and that the purpose of the continuance would be to review the request of their Petition and possibly amend their Petition as well as possibly do community outreach regarding the proposed use,” said Bametzreider. “Initially, the Board of Supervisors was not amenable to a continuance. However, on Monday night, June 21, 2021, [Jones] had a medical emergency . . .”

According to Bametzreider, a hearing must be held before Sept. 13, 2021, and the Supervisors and Lebanon Solar I are looking to set a new date “as soon as possible.”

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Chris Coyle writes primarily on government, the courts, and business. He retired as an attorney at the end of 2018, after concentrating for nearly four decades on civil and criminal litigation and trials. A career highlight was successfully defending a retired Pennsylvania state trooper who was accused,...