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Solar Powering Your Community: Model Ordinances for Solar

Related Criteria

  • PZD-1a: Review zoning requirements and identify restrictions that intentionally or unintentionally prohibit solar PV development. Compile findings in a memo. Examples of restrictions to look for include, but are not limited to, height restrictions, set-back requirements, requiring a conditional use permit, and aesthetic requirements.
  • PZD-1b: Formally present PZD-1a memo findings to planning commission, or relevant zoning body.
  • PZD-1c: Draft proposed language for changes to zoning code based on PZD-1a memo. Involve planners and/or local zoning experts in the creation of the draft language.
  • PZD-2: Allow accessory use solar PV by-right in all major zones.
  • PZD-5: Integrate solar PV and/or shared solar into relevant local plans (e.g. energy plan, climate plan, comprehensive plan), including quantifiable metrics or specific actions.
  • PZD-10a: Ensure that the zoning ordinance clarifies regulations for small ground-mounted solar PV.
  • PZD-10b: Ensure that the zoning ordinance establishes a clear regulatory pathway for primary use solar PV (for example through a special use permit or through inclusion among allowed conditional uses).
  • PZD-10c: Ensure that the zoning ordinance exempts rooftop solar PV from certain restrictions on accessory uses (e.g. height limits, rooftop equipment screening requirements, or other restrictions.
  • PZD-10d: Ensure that the zoning ordinance exempts ground-mounted solar PV from certain restrictions on accessory uses (e.g. setbacks, coverage or impervious surface calculations, or other restrictions).
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