SolSmart Designees

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

SolSmart Silver
Population: 2,399,520
Designation Level: SolSmart Silver
Year Designated: 2021
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  • Created an online permitting checklist, increasing transparency for community members and solar installers
  • Reviewed local zoning codes and identified restrictions that intentionally or unintentionally prohibit solar PV development
  • Allowed solar by-right accessory use in all zones (so solar installations don’t require special permits or hearings)
  • Cross-trained both inspection and permitting staff on solar PV
  • Provided a streamlined permitting pathway for small PV systems
Through our SolSmart designation, we want to signal that the region MORPC serves is ‘open for solar business.’ We’re ready to help Central Ohio communities as they consider implementing solar energy technology, along with the sustainability and economic development benefits it brings.
- Kerstin Carr, MORPC Director of Plannig & Sustainability