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County of Jefferson Floodplain Management Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Floodplain Regulations    
Kentucky
Municipal
This ordinance differs from the general NFIP model in a number of ways. Jefferson County prohibits building in the floodway. They define the floodway as the “Local Regulatory Conveyance Zone,” or the area produced when the Local Regulatory Floodplain (traditionally based on the 1 ft. rise in a 100 year flood) is reduced to create a 1/10 of a foot rise. More interestingly, the County prohibits a wide array of activities along the “blue line” streams (USGS defined perennial streams), requires a 25 foot vegetative buffer along all the channels and.. Read More
The High Cost of Free Parking
Date Added: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Parking    
California
State
This paper identifies free parking as the fundamental problem planners face with parking, and explores the consequences associated with it. Actual monetary cost as well as raised housing costs, and reduced urban density are all evaluated in relation to minimum parking requirements. The paper also provides information on how charging for curbside parking, as an alternative to minimum parking requirements, is more beneficial... Read More
County of Spokane Aquifer Fees Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Aquifer Protection    
Washington
Municipal
Spokane County collects aquifer fees from property owners “to preserve, protect, and rehabilitate the Spokane Rathdrum Aquifer.” The ordinance provides that these fees be added to the property tax statement, although it stresses that “this is a fee, not a tax.” The ordinance allows the county to place a lien on a property if the fee is not paid. .. Read More
Town of Marana Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Floodplain Regulations    
Arizona
Municipal
This code is designed to meet or exceed state and federal floodplain management requirements, control development in erosion or flood hazard areas, and enhance groundwater recharge, and applies to all development within the town. All development within floodplain or erosion hazard areas require a permit, unless maintenance actions do not obstruct flow of floodwater and do not exceed a $1500 cost of improvement. There are floodway fringe requirements that restrict fill and alignment of structures to direction of flood flow. Erosion and sedimenta.. Read More
FOCUS Kansas City
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Comprehensive Planning    
Missouri
Municipal
FOCUS Kansas City is a comprehensive twenty-five year plan. It is too large to be online, and can be purchased from the city. It has over 600 initiatives, and Kansas City has been working on and with the document since 1994. Phase II of the plan along with implementation strategies were adopted by the City Council in October of 1997. The plan has resulted in seven neighborhood FOCUS centers intended to house neighborhood projects and keep local projects close to home... Read More
Accessory Uses of Land in New York State
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Accessory Uses , Local Boards, Zoning    
New York
State
Accessory Uses of Land in New York State, by Jeffery B. Durocher, explains how local communities take different approaches to permitting accessory uses of land, using the test of whether the proposed use is incidental and customary to the primary use of the land. The article also explains that religious and educational uses are usually permitted in residential areas because they contribute to the general welfare... Read More
County of Jefferson Floodplain Management Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Floodplain Regulations    
Kentucky
Municipal
This ordinance differs from the general NFIP model in a number of ways. Jefferson County prohibits building in the floodway. They define the floodway as the “Local Regulatory Conveyance Zone,” or the area produced when the Local Regulatory Floodplain (traditionally based on the 1 ft. rise in a 100 year flood) is reduced to create a 1/10 of a foot rise. More interestingly, the County prohibits a wide array of activities along the “blue line” streams (USGS defined perennial streams), requires a 25 foot vegetative buffer along all the channels and.. Read More
City of Ann Arbor Land Development Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Development Standards, Local Environmental Law, Planned Unit Development, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Michigan
Municipal
The goal of this ordinance is to specify procedures of and materials for proposed development projects. It also provides guidelines to identify, evaluate, protect, and mitigate six types of sensitive environmental areas... Read More
City of Ann Arbor Land Development Regulations
Date Added: Monday, November 14, 2016
Development Standards, Local Environmental Law, Planned Unit Development, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Michigan
Municipal
The goal of this ordinance is to specify procedures of and materials for proposed development projects. It also provides guidelines to identify, evaluate, protect, and mitigate six types of sensitive environmental areas... Read More
Town of Dunn Rural Preservation Program
Date Added: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
Wisconsin
Municipal
This ordinance creates the Town of Dunn Land Trust Commission. This commission was established to preserve the rural character of the town, determine the interests of the land owners, recommend land acquisition, recommend changes to the Open Space program, and conduct public hearing. The ordinance specifies the board makeup as well as the procedures they must follow... Read More
Town of Batavia Sewer Use Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Sewage Management    
New York
Municipal
This law regulates the use of public and private sewers and drains, the installation and connection of building sewers, the discharge of waters and wastes into the public sewer system, the quantity and quality of discharged wastes, the degree of pretreatment required, the control of industrial wastewater discharge and of other miscellaneous permits and provide penalties for violations thereof in the Town of Batavia, Genesee County, New York. These regulations prohibit the disposal into the public sewer system of any pollutant or waste by any pe.. Read More
City of Bainbridge Island Affordable Housing Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Affordable Housing , Incentive Zoning    
Washington
Municipal
Chapter 18.90 of the Bainbridge Island Municipal Code describes the purpose, procedures, and zoning incentives related to the creation of affordable housing... Read More
City of Tulsa Landscape Requirements Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Landscaping, Tree Preservation & Protection    
Oklahoma
Municipal
The purpose of this ordinance is to provide landscape requirements in order promote the beautification of the city, preserve valued trees and vegetation, stability the ecological balance, and achieve an urban forest. The requirements apply to all land in which a building permit is sought... Read More
City of Brookfield Well Head Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
Wisconsin
Municipal
This law is designed to provide protection to the City of Brookfield’s water supply. The law includes standards and regulations, relating to well head protection, which apply to businesses and residents of the City. These standards proscribe distances which must separate the City’s well heads from certain types of businesses and certain land uses. The law also has placed a ban on some activities which present a possible danger to the City’s water supply, and discusses the penalties which would accompany the violation of these regulations. .. Read More
Town of Somers Scenic Resource Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, April 17, 2017
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The Scenic Resource Protection Ordinance seeks to safeguard the town's scenic resources, aesthetic, and cultural heritage, as embodied in the landscape and geologic features and improvements of the town. The regulation attempts to stabilize and improve property values in such scenic resource areas, preserve the semi-rural character of the town and promote traffic and pedestrian safety. .. Read More
Town of Gardiner Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Disaster Management, Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Flood Prevention, Floodplain Regulations    
New York
Municipal
Town of Gardiner NY Flood Damage Prevention ordinance (Chapter 121) is an attempt to minimize private and public loss due to flood conditions by controlling alterations in floodplains, regulating the construction of barriers in floodplains, regulating floodplain usages which may be dangerous to citizens and the environment, and controlling areas that are likely to be affected by floods and erosion. The code provides objectives to ensure that people who occupy flood lands are responsible for their actions and works to minimize public expenditure.. Read More
New York State Statutes that Provide for the Protection of Agricultural Lands
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Agriculture, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
New York
State
Michael Morea’s article reviews different New York State statutes and different methods that can be implemented to preserve farmland and still allow development. The author concludes that New York State is trying to carry out its Constitutional policy of preserving farmland, but that the statutes are largely separated and it is difficult for the municipality to create a effective policy. Some of the statutes that the author discovered provide tax breaks and financial incentives for the creation of easements restricting the land to agricultural .. Read More
County of Union Mountain Protection Plan
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Georgia
Municipal
This ordinance attempts to protect environmentally sensitive features within the county. Specific provisions prohibit tree removal without reforestation, conserve flora and fauna, and, and protect the counties aesthetic attributes... Read More
Town of Greenburgh Conservation District Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Development Standards, Overlay District, Zoning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The purpose of this law is to provide performance criteria assuring conservation of natural resources during and after development in a conservation district (CD). The CD is to be an overlay zone over any other zone allowed in the town. The Conservation District will be evaluated by criteria set out under this provision including the development standards. .. Read More
Town of Brookhaven Supplementary Zoning Provisions Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Local Boards, Agriculture, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
New York
Municipal
This ordinance creates the Agricultural Advisory Board. .. Read More
County of North Castle Planned, Hamlet or Village Bonus for Affordable Housing Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Affordable Housing , Incentive Zoning    
Delaware
Municipal
This law states that a developer can propose a ten percent density increase if the development meets certain requirements. Requirements include at least fifty percent of additional units be reserved as affordable housing. The ordinance provides a detailed example that carefully outlines the calculations of a mock proposal. Sec. 40.07.310 lists general standards required of all affordable housing projects. .. Read More
Township of Chesterfield Transfer of Development Rights Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Transfer of Development Rights (TDR), Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New Jersey
Municipal
The transfer of development rights program allows for the shifting of development pressure from agricultural, environmentally sensitive, or open space areas of the township to villages designated for limited growth. The program allows the township to maintain its rural character while encouraging planned development. Land is preserved by transferring development rights from “sending areas” in rural parts of the township to three existing villages and one new village that have been designated as “receiving areas” within community development b.. Read More
City of Belfast Site Plan Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Site Plan Approval, Solar Energy, Zoning    
Maine
Municipal
Chapter 90 of the City of Belfast’s Code lists site plan criteria. Those criteria include pollution control, groundwater access, landscaping, and access to direct sunlight for an abutting property owner for solar energy system. Sec. 90 -42(17) goes on to state that the Planning Board may prohibit, restrict, or control development in order to protect and ensure access to direct sunlight for solar energy systems. .. Read More
City of Burlington, Washington Zoning Regulations; Solar Access
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Washington
Municipal
Section 14.48.110, placed within the City Code’s chapter on performance standards, lists solar access criteria for any new construction that is south of existing residential land in Burlington, Washington. The criteria include prohibiting multi family, commercial, or industrial structure more than one story in height from shading the maximum building envelope of any existing dwelling as determined by the angle of the sun on December 21st; site plans that show the shading impacts of new structures on existing dwellings or vacant lots; and measur.. Read More
City of Asheville Zoning Regulations; Chapter 7 – Development, Section 29.1309- Solar Energy Systems
Date Added: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
North Carolina
Municipal
In its lengthy Zoning Ordinance, the City of Asheville has dedicated only a small subsection to the implementation of solar energy systems within its zoning districts. In Sec. 7-14-1(b)(a), the City’s only real general requirement is that “private, non-commercial solar energy systems shall comply with the minimum setback requirements.” The subsection goes on to describe the requirements for a variance the Board of Adjustment may grant to decrease the required setbacks or allow the installation to be located in the front yard. The subsection, ho.. Read More