RITBA Solar Farm Proposal Raises Jurisdictional Issue

The Jamestown Press reports, “Despite lopping two-thirds of the project’s footprint since its launch in spring 2015, the [Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority] still is under fire for the location of [a proposed 267-kilowatt solar farm].” According to the article, a disagreement has arisen over whether RITBA, a state agency, is subject to town zoning laws. RITBA reportedly updated the Jamestown Town Council on the project earlier this week. A town official noted that the authority has been cooperative and has provided updates and public presentations not required by law. “They’ve been a good neighbor,” the official told council members.