Council grants waiver to allow solar development

The Clear Lake City Council has given initial approval to a solar home development concept proposed by local businessman Gregg Bacon.

Monday night the Council approved a sketch plan concept and waived pavement requirements for Equinox Eco Villas.  The development site is located near Bacon’s Equinox zero energy solar-powered home built in 2017 on the southeast corner of Clear Lake city’s limits on South 32nd Street.   He is now seeking to create additional quarter-acre lots on the property to accommodate 12 solar-powered homes that will range in size and styles.

City Building Inspector Mike Ritter explained Bacon was seeking a waiver from a city ordinance which requires developments to have hard-surface roads to each property.  The Planning and Zoning Commission turned down the request on a 4-1 vote.

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