The Linn County Board of Supervisors voted in a moratorium on accepting rezoning applications for the county’s Renewable Energy Overlay District to allow planning staff to study the ordinance in light of recent applications. The moratorium is in place initially for three months, but can be extended to a maximum of twelve months.
On a related note, residents near two utility-scale solar projects are suing the Linn County supervisors, challenging the supervisors’ zoning decision that will allow construction of the facilities. The residents argue that the rezonings under the Renewable Energy Overlay District constitute spot zoning.
What is spot zoning? Well, since you asked you can click on the drop down “Categories” menu to the right and find cases from Iowa and beyond that address spot zoning.