Zoning plan approved for planned coal-fired power plant

The Dendron Town Council in Virginia reaffirmed land-use changes for Old Dominion Electric Co-op’s (ODEC) plan to build a $5 billion coal-fired power plant.

Preliminary plans for the Cypress Creek Power Station call for one or two coal- and biomass-fired generators capable of producing 750 to 1,500 MW of electricity.

The zoning change and land-use requests were granted after Surry County Planning Commission and Dendron Town Council hearings and a vote by the Dendron Town Council in early 2010. Opponents of the plant filed suit claiming that the public hearing was incorrectly advertised. The Circuit Court of the County of Surry ruled in favor of the plaintiffs Nov. 17 that the hearing advertisement was insufficient and the original vote to allow the rezoning was thus invalid.

ODEC’s board voted in December 2011 to begin the process anew after examining several possible courses of action. The board instructed ODEC staff to request that the town begin the process to consider rezoning the 1,326.10-acre parcel in the town limits.

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