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A research library intended to be Ground Control for practical and scholarly explorations of innovative land use laws, policies, and practices.

The Land Use Law Center's Gaining Ground Information Database is a free and ever-expanding online database featuring best practice models used by government to control the use of land in the public interest. It includes a collection of federal, state, and local ordinances; commentaries; research papers; research aids; and much more.

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11 Jul
Kent County Renewable Energy Task Force White Paper
Date Added: Monday, July 11, 2016
Solar Energy, Solar Energy, Zoning, Zoning    
Maryland
Municipal
Kent County’s Renewable Energy Task Force released recommendations for regulating renewable energy systems, including suggested land use ordinance language for solar energy systems. The recommendations suggested defining utility-scale solar energy systems as any device that relies upon direct sunlight as an energy source, including but not limited to any device that collects sunlight to generate energy primarily for use offsite. Small solar energy systems are defined as any device that relies upon direct sunlight as an energy source, including .. Read More
11 Jul
Kent County Renewable Energy Task Force White Paper
Date Added: Monday, July 11, 2016
Solar Energy, Solar Energy, Zoning, Zoning    
Maryland
Municipal
Kent County’s Renewable Energy Task Force released recommendations for regulating renewable energy systems, including suggested land use ordinance language for solar energy systems. The recommendations suggested defining utility-scale solar energy systems as any device that relies upon direct sunlight as an energy source, including but not limited to any device that collects sunlight to generate energy primarily for use offsite. Small solar energy systems are defined as any device that relies upon direct sunlight as an energy source, including .. Read More
11 Jul
Massachusetts Model Solar Bylaw: Allowing Use of Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations
Date Added: Monday, July 11, 2016
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Massachusetts
Municipal
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs’ Department of Energy Resources developed a model zoning bylaw that defines large-scale ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installation as solar photovoltaic systems that are structurally mounted on the ground (not roof-mounted) that have a minimum nameplate capacity of 250 kW DC... Read More
11 Jul
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Renewable Energy Ordinance Framework Solar PV
Date Added: Monday, July 11, 2016
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Delaware
Regional Planning Entity
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s Alternative Energy Ordinance Working Group developed the DVRPC Renewable Energy Ordinance Frameworks to help municipalities adopt regulations for small-scale renewable energy systems. The ordinance frameworks “provide a menu of sample ordinance language options, both permissive and restrictive, to allow municipalities to build a customized ordinance that addresses their local issues.” The frameworks offer a range of development standards for municipalities to choose from, including requirements.. Read More
11 Jul
Goodhue County Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, July 11, 2016
Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Zoning    
Minnesota
Municipal
Goodhue County adopted solar energy system (SES) regulations in Article 19 of its zoning ordinance. These regulations define a ground-mounted SES as a solar collector located on the ground surface that is physically affixed or attached to the ground, including pole-mounted systems. The regulations define a roof-mounted SES as a solar collector located on the roof of a building or structure that may be physically affixed or attached to the roof. For both ground-mounted and roof-mounted SESs, the regulations include sub-definitions for residentia.. Read More
30 Jun
Worcester County, Maryland Alternative Energy Facilities Regulation
Date Added: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Maryland
Municipal
In its alternative energy facilities regulation, Worcester County defines solar energy systems, in part, based on energy capacity. It defines large solar energy systems as those with a rated capacity of two hundred kilowatts or greater. Medium solar energy systems are ground-mounted systems with a rated capacity greater than five kilowatts but less than two hundred kilowatts or roof-mounted systems of any capacity in excess of five kilowatts. Finally, small solar energy systems have a rated capacity of five kilowatts or less. .. Read More