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Planning for Solar Energy

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.

Related Criteria

  • PZ-1: 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.
  • PZ-2: Present PZ-1 memo findings to planning commission or relevant zoning body.
  • PZ-3: Draft proposed language for changes to zoning code based on PZ-1 memo and PZ-2 dialogue. Involve planners and/or local zoning experts in the creation of the draft language.
  • PZ-4: Post an online document from the Planning/Zoning Department that states accessory use solar PV is allowed by-right in all major zones. (e.g. via a zoning determination letter). (Required for Silver, if PZ-5 isn’t achieved)
  • PZ-7: Ensure the zoning ordinance permits small ground-mounted solar PV as an accessory use in at least one zoning district.
  • PZ-6: Ensure the zoning ordinance exempts rooftop solar PV from certain restrictions on accessory uses (e.g. height limits, rooftop equipment screening requirements, or other restrictions).
  • PZ-8: Ensure the zoning ordinance exempts small 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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