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Floodplain Regulations for Maricopa County
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Floodplain Regulations    
Arizona
Municipal
Maricopa County started its flood control program in 1959 because of excessive flooding in the town of Phoenix. These floodplain regulations are innovative because of their completeness and the details they include for each designated floodplain zone. FEMA has delegated Maricopa County to do its own mapping which guarantees more up-to-date and inclusive floodplain mapping information for this fast-growing area. The ordinances are therefore applicable to a greater area and population... Read More
County of DuPage Countywide Stormwater and Floodplain Ordinances
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
Illinois
Municipal
DuPage County is one of the ‘collar’ counties ringing Chicago. The County has implemented some of the most innovative regulations under the rubric of No Adverse Impact in order to stem flooding problems. The County requires compensatory storage that is 1.5 times the volume of the floodplain that has been displaced, requires 1 foot of elevation from BFE for all structures in and out of the floodplain, and mandates no net rise for any development. The floodplain regulations are combined with stormwater, erosion and sedimentation, and wetlands con.. Read More
County of Knox Stormwater Management Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
Tennessee
Municipal
Knox County has a number of ordinances not commonly found in other communities. Development is regulated within the 500-year floodplain, and before a property owner hands over title to his or her land or structure, a State-certified engineer must certify the as-built elevations of all structures in the floodplain comply with the standards of the ordinance. Building requirements mandate 1 foot BFE above the 500-year floodplain and construction fill between one-half the linear distance between the floodway line and the 100-year floodplain line un.. Read More
Mecklenburg County Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
North Carolina
Municipal
This ordinance applies to all land-disturbing activities, except forest activity that follows the state forest practice guidelines and agriculture, but requires a sediment and erosion control plan only on activities that disturb more than one acre. The ordinance controls the length, location, and area of soil exposure and requires weekly monitoring and post-storm event monitoring. In addition this ordinance is designed to facilitate the county’s efforts to assess penalties on those in non-compliance, by including a thorough list of violations a.. Read More
County of Sonoma Vineyard Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
California
Municipal
This procedural ordinance contains requirements for new vineyard development and replanting of existing vineyards in order to reduce soil erosion and resulting sedimentation into area streams. This ordinance contains detailed requirements for certified engineers, and disclosure and notification (to buyers and public). It contains requirements for slope location (i.e. perimeter), maximum slope percentages, and erosion control plans. It classifies vinyeyards into Level I, II, or III, with each level having variable requirements for review, inspec.. Read More
Town of Gilbert Water Conservation Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Landscaping, Water Conservation    
Arizona
Municipal
The Town of Gilbert Water Conservation Ordinance was designed to reduce the amount of water used in residential and nonresidential development. The ordinance limits water intensive landscaping, limits high evaporative loss features and requires efficient irrigation systems for all new development projects... Read More
City of Springfield Drinking Water Protection (DWP) Overlay District
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Aquifer Protection, Overlay District, Drinking Water Protection & Conservation    
Oregon
Municipal
Springfield created a Drinking Water Protection Overlay District that contains four time of travel zones (TOTZ) around its wellheads “to protect aquifers used as potable water supply sources by the City from contamination.” Within these zones the ordinance restricts use of hazardous materials, which could potentially enter and harm the groundwater. The district includes 0-1, 1-5, and 10-20 year TOTZ... Read More
City of Carlsbad Inclusionary Housing Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Affordable Housing    
California
Municipal
The City of Carlsbad, CA adopted an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance that requires fifteen percent of all residential plans be set aside as affordable housing. The city also established guidelines that allow developers to receive credit towards the requirement, thereby reducing the fifteen percent limit, if certain, more desirable affordable housing units are provided. If the fifteen percent requirement is not feasible on-site, the city may allow a developer to construct second dwelling units or rehabilitate an existing structure. .. Read More
Guilderland Town Code - Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
New York
Municipal
The mediation of all disputes is authorized, including disputes with the town boards (i.e. the Planning Board). The statute was enacted in the interest of increasing non-adversarial resolution of disputes in the town. The mediation is voluntary, but is encouraged and can be requested by the justice presiding over the matter. .. Read More
City of Little Rock Land Alteration Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
Arkansas
Municipal
The purpose of this ordinance is to prevent sedimentation and erosion from clearings within Little Rock, which has a number of hillside neighborhoods. The ordinance was developed and written by a citizens group and places limits on tree clearing and grading, requires a landscaping plan and that a qualified superintendent be on site during all land clearing activities. Additionally, the ordinance requires that all but the building permit be issued before approval of the grading permit and that construction is ‘imminent.’.. Read More
Town of Mamaroneck Local Impact Review
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Development Standards    
New York
Municipal
The purpose of Chapter 130 of the Town Code for the Town of Mamaroneck is to address the impact of noise, traffic, cultural or aesthetic resources, existing patterns of population concentration and community or neighborhood character and thereby provide for the proper care, management and use of the streets and highways of the Town, and the protection, safety, health of persons and property therein... Read More
New York’s Second Land Use System: A Description of New York City Land Use Law
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Land Use Planning, Local Boards, Zoning    
New York
State
Kathryn M. Ryan’s paper describes New York City's complex zoning regulations. Its purpose is to condense and explain the most important features of that code in a digestible format. It relies heavily on materials to be found on a variety of the City’s web pages, including that of the Department of City Planning, some of which is presented here verbatim... Read More
Village of Port Jefferson Wireless Communications Towers and Antennas Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Communications    
New York
Municipal
This law places regulations and restrictions on the construction of wireless communications towers and antennas within the Village of Port Jefferson. .. Read More
City of Portland Erosion and Sediment Control Regulations
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
Oregon
Municipal
These regulations are focused on ground disturbing activities regardless of whether or not a permit is required and unless otherwise exempted. Minimum requirements include: a threshold of no visible and measurable sediment or pollutant exiting the site or washing into a water body or storm system; installation of BMPs selected from the Erosion Control Manual, special requirements during the wet season (Oct 1-Apr 30); signage requirements on sites where a permit is required; and inspection of BMPs within 24 hours of a storm events. For sites req.. Read More
County of Knox Stormwater Management Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
Tennessee
Municipal
Knox County has a number of ordinances not commonly found in other communities. Development is regulated within the 500-year floodplain, and before a property owner hands over title to his or her land or structure, a State-certified engineer must certify the as-built elevations of all structures in the floodplain comply with the standards of the ordinance. Building requirements mandate 1 foot BFE above the 500-year floodplain and construction fill between one-half the linear distance between the floodway line and the 100-year floodplain line un.. Read More
County of DuPage Countywide Stormwater and Floodplain Ordinances
Date Added: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
Illinois
Municipal
DuPage County is one of the ‘collar’ counties ringing Chicago. The County has implemented some of the most innovative regulations under the rubric of No Adverse Impact in order to stem flooding problems. The County requires compensatory storage that is 1.5 times the volume of the floodplain that has been displaced, requires 1 foot of elevation from BFE for all structures in and out of the floodplain, and mandates no net rise for any development. The floodplain regulations are combined with stormwater, erosion and sedimentation, and wetlands con.. Read More
Town of North Salem Planning Board Meeting Attendance Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
New York
Municipal
This law creates attendance requirements for persons on the Town Planning Board of North Salem, NY. .. Read More
Village of Bronxville Planning Board Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Local Boards    
New York
Municipal
The Village of Bronxville established a planning board to prepare a Village Comprehensive Plan and to review and either approve or disapprove of site plans and subdivisions. This law provides the terms, vacancies, compensation and disqualification of planning board members and gives specific powers to the planning board... Read More
County of Washington Purchase of Development Rights Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Purchase of Development Rights    
Minnesota
Municipal
Areas of the county which are important for their high quality natural areas, agricultural or scenic value have been identified and mapped. Lands within these areas are then eligible for the purchase of development rights (conservation easement) using county revenue or in conjunction with other sources of money. The permanent easement is then held and enforced by a qualified agency or group... Read More
Town of New Milford Subdivision Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Subdivision Approvals, Subdivision Regulations    
Connecticut
Municipal
This ordinance provides for subdivision of lands subject to approval. Characteristics evaluated to determine approval include steep slopes, hazardous conditions, and subject to flooding... Read More
Kansas City Subdivision Approvals Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Subdivision Approvals    
Missouri
Municipal
The purpose of this ordinance includes providing adequate light, air, and preventing undue congestion of population through the regulation of subdivision. The Master Planned Community Districts require identification of green spaces and is geared largely at protecting natural spaces and encourage creativity in land use. .. Read More
City of Auburn Solid Waste Recycling Program
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Recycling    
New York
Municipal
This law outlines the recycling program in Auburn, New York... Read More
City of Oakland Construction & Demolition Debris Recycling Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Recycling    
California
Municipal
As part of Oakland’s Sustainable Development Initiative, the city adopted the Construction and Demolition Debris ordinance that requires all new development and sizeable remodeling projects to reuse or recycle 50% or more of their waste and debris. Not only does this prevent construction materials from going to the landfill, but it also reduces the demand for new construction materials. .. Read More
Village of Long Grove Tree Preservation Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Tree Preservation & Protection    
Illinois
Municipal
This regulation used the protection of the trees to further other environmental objectives such as soil stability, reduction of noise pollution, moderation of temperature, and wildlife habitat. It aims to achieve these goals by requiring replacement of trees which have been removed, damaged or destroyed, as well as by protecting older trees as determined by their diameter at breast height (DBH)... Read More
City of Baltimore Special Tax Sale Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Vacant & Distressed Properties    
Maryland
Municipal
The Maryland State Legislature enacted House Bill 743 in 2000. This Bill created a procedure known as a special tax sale in Baltimore, Maryland. Upon a commitment by a purchaser to quickly foreclose and redevelop properties, the City may package vacant properties in a tax lien sale, setting the minimum bid prices less than the full amount of payments owed on the property, including unpaid taxes, fines and penalties assessed on the unpaid taxes, and the costs incurred in making the sale. If the purchaser fails to comply with the stipulations .. Read More
County of Lexington-Fayette Rural Land Management Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Kentucky
Municipal
The Lexington-Fayette urban county government has established this ordinance as a means of institutionalizing the procedure for the protection of natural resources through conservation easement. According to the statue, found under Chapter 26 Rural Land Management (RLM), the RLM Board shall administer any conservation easement program funded by the urban county government, thus bestowing a considerable amount of discretionary power... Read More
County of Kent Draft Growth Zone Overlay District
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Overlay District    
Delaware
Municipal
Proposed amendment to the Kent County growth zone overlay district seeks to more clearly spell out the requirements and guidelines pertaining to the growth zones. The goal is to direct future development to more desirable areas, as well as to ensure that there is an adequate infrastructure where future growth is planned... Read More
City of Richmond Hill Conservation Preservation District Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Overlay District    
Georgia
Municipal
This ordinances uses overlay districts for the protection of wetlands and the river corridor. Within these districts the ordinance provides not only for what can’t be done in these areas, but how certain activities are to be carried out... Read More
City of Greensboro Pedestrian Scale Overlay District
Date Added: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Overlay District    
North Carolina
Municipal
The Pedestrian Scale Overlay District encourages infill, mixed-use and urban revitalization; features reduced setbacks and reduced parking requirements; and sidewalks and trails... Read More
Town of Malta Planning Board & Zoning Board of Appeals Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Local Boards, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
This chapter of the Town Code of the town of Malta applies to the appointment, terms, functions and powers of alternate members to those appointed to serve on the Planning Board/Zoning Board of Appeals in the Town. The use of such alternate members to fill in for those that are absent is authorized pursuant to the provisions of the chapter... Read More
City of Albuquerque § 3-4-3 Affordable Housing Policy
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Affordable Housing    
New Mexico
Municipal
This statute describes the affordable housing policy of the city of Albuquerque, NM. The policy sets the affordable housing rate at thirty percent of the family’s income for rental and home ownership housing, and that the purchase price of the home does not exceed eighty percent of the median price of an existing home for affordable home ownership housing. The statute also describes which households are low- and median-income households, and describes changes in the functions and appointments of the Affordable Housing Committee... Read More
Town of Woodstock Ordinance Concerning the Right-to-Farm
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Agriculture, Right-to-Farm    
Connecticut
Municipal
The town of Woodstock established this right to farm ordinance protecting agricultural or farming operations. The ordinance prohibits certain ramifications of farming from being considered nuisances, either public or private... Read More
Ordinance Concerning the Right to Farm in the Town of Woodstock
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Right-to-Farm, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
New York
Municipal
This ordinance authorizes the farmer’s right to farm in the town, thereby maintaining agricultural land as open space and maintaining a traditional livelihood of residents of the town... Read More
Town of Mamaroneck Conservation Areas Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Open Space Preservation, Recreational Uses, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
Local Law No. 3-1966 of the Town of Mamaroneck details what types of places or areas within the Town amount to conservation areas. The several parts of § 77 explain what special regulations apply to such areas; § 77-17 sets out the penalty for noncompliance with the rules governing Conservation Areas in Mamaroneck... Read More
District of Columbia Tree & Slope Protection Overlay District
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Overlay District, Steep Slope Protection, Tree Preservation & Protection    
State: Not Applicable
Municipal
The purpose of this ordinance is to preserve steep slope topography, mature tree stands, surrounding ecological areas and the open space character of residential areas near stream banks and public parks. It protects natural resources by restricting tree removal, limiting impervious cover and restricting ground coverage of new and existing buildings... Read More
Village of Irvington Tree Preservation Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Quality of Life, Tree Preservation & Protection, Timber Harvesting    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 202 of the Municipal Code for the Village of Irvington regulates the cutting, killing and destruction of trees in the Village. This law was enacted as a result of the Village’s findings that the presence of trees contribute to the health, safety and general welfare of the citizens... Read More
City of Kingston Roundout Creek & Hudson Riverfront Districts Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Waterfront Revitalization, Zoning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
This law creates the Rondout Creek and Hudson Riverfront Districts, in order to afford priority to water dependant uses, achieve public access to the coastal area, control development, and to implement the policies and purposes of the City of Kingston Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. This law also sets up a permit and special permit system, for person’s seeking to build or conduct certain activities within these protected districts. .. Read More
Town of North Salem Historic Road Preservation Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Historic Preservation, Transportation & Land Use Planning    
New York
Municipal
This law designed to protect and preserve historical roads in the Town of North Salem, NY. The law is designed to accomplish this by: (1) designating, protecting, preserving and maintaining certain roads within North Salem which shall qualify, under the definition stated in this chapter, as historic roads, (2) setting forth criteria for designation of roads within the Town, which may be found to qualify, (3) prescribing guidelines for maintenance of these historic roads, and (4) providing for the educational, cultural, recreational, environmen.. Read More
Town of Berlin Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Maryland
Municipal
In its Zoning Chapter, the Town of Berlin has created a section specifically for site design guidelines, Section 108-274. Within that section, Berlin has authorized solar energy use. A developer or owner must consider the feasibility and desirability of active and passive solar energy use before installation. Builders must also “orient proposed buildings and provide structures to provide for solar energy use and to preserve solar access of adjoining properties.” .. Read More
Borough of Kenhorst Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Pennsylvania
Municipal
Within its Zoning Chapter, the Borough of Kenhorst has incorporated a section specifically on Solar Energy Systems, § 540. According to § 540, “the use of solar energy systems, including solar collectors, storage facilities, distribution components, heating and cooling facilities, is a permitted use in all zoning districts.” The Township requires that all developments and structures be oriented in a way to maximize the use of passive and active solar energy. The section lists a few regulations for solar energy systems including required yard se.. Read More