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Parking Spaces / Community Places, Finding the Balance through Smart Growth Solutions
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Smart Growth, Parking    
State: Not Applicable
U.S. Federal
This guidebook by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency illustrates parking issues faced by municipalities and explains suggested alternatives to parking. Viewed through the lens of the impact of parking on the environment, the importance of mixed-use, walkable areas that balance parking with other environmental concerns are illustrated through case studies of cities throughout the United States that municipalities can look to for assistance with Smart Growth. .. Read More
Recommended Model Development Principles for Protection Natural Resources - Hudson River Estuary
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Development Standards    
New York
Municipal
This document presents specific recommendations on how to foster more environmentally sensitive local site design within the Town of Clinton, NY. The purpose of the project is to review existing development codes and identify regulatory barriers to environmentally sensitive residential and commercial development at the site level within the bounds of the Wappinger Creek Watershed. Code modifications and recommendations were crafted to provide flexibility, support, and guidance for developers implementing Better Site Design. This document focuse.. Read More
Driving Urban Environments: Growth Parking Best Practices
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Smart Growth, Parking    
Maryland
State
Parking is one of the biggest challenges to smart growth because it consumes large amounts of land that could be developed. Parking requirements now drive many site designs and play a crucial role in financing for new developments. Maryland conducted a study which identifies and addresses best practices for three areas of parking challenges faced by developers, which are parking management, which identifies strategies to control the supply and demand for parking, parking design, which proposes strategies that reduce the aesthetic and environmen.. Read More
Quantity versus Quality in Off-Street Parking Requirements
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Parking    
State: Not Applicable
N/A
Many communities emphasize quantity over quality in off-street parking requirements and have minimum parking requirements that produce an excessive supply of parking. This article details five strategies that planners can use to improve urban design and avoid problems with parking: deregulate or limit the number of parking spaces, improve the location of parking, improve the design of surface parking, improve the design of parking structures, and improve the design of residential garages... Read More
City of San Jose Amendments to Zoning Code to Reduce Parking Requirements
Date Added: Monday, November 14, 2016
Transportation & Land Use Planning, Parking    
California
Municipal
This ordinance amends Chapter 20.90 of the City of San Jose Zoning Code to reduce parking requirements for specific ground floor uses on properties designated with the Neighborhood Business District General Plan overlay, and to reduce parking requirements for ministorage uses citywide... Read More
State of New York Training Requirements for Zoning Board & Planning Board Members
Date Added: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
New York
State
This Bill requires land use training zoning board and planning board members in New York State... Read More
Town of Gardiner Subdivision of Land Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Subdivision Approvals    
New York
Municipal
The Subdivision of Land ordinance in Chapter 188 of the Town Code for the Town of Gardiner charges the Planning Board with approval of all subdivisions and parcels within the Town. The code gives a full description of the transfer and uses of the land within subdivisions. The ordinance also imposes penalties for violations of the subdivision rules. .. Read More
Economic Development and Redevelopment: A Toolkit on Land Use and Health
Date Added: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Economic Development, Healthy Communities    
State: Not Applicable
N/A
The Economic Development and Redevelopment Toolkit was designed to improve low-income community access to food by providing a fundamental understanding of economic development and redevelopment and how these tools can provide opportunities to increase food retailing in the community. These economic development strategies breakdown the type of economic revitalization based on business attractions, physical redevelopment and the community members. The toolkit discusses the advantages and challenges of specific food systems, including, supermarke.. Read More
Land Use Planning for Public Health: The Role of Local Boards of Health in Community Design and Development
Date Added: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Comprehensive Planning, Land Use Planning, Local Boards, Healthy Communities, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
N/A
This article focuses on the health issues arising from the built environment and the roles of both the government and private sector must do to combat these issues. First the article discusses issues affecting the built environment, such as decreases in water and air quality, loss of farmland, increase in traffic and residential segregation. A key focus in the article is how transportation plays a major role in shaping the built environment and how urban design can create greater quality neighborhoods. The article also goes into detail about wa.. Read More
City of Bloomington High Intensity Mixed Use with Residential District Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency, Mixed/Multiple Use, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Zoning    
Minnesota
Municipal
The Bloomington City Code provides for an “HX-R” zoning district (high intensity mixed use with residential) that aims to reduce vehicle trips and vehicle miles traveled by maximizing high-intensity development in close proximity to transit. The ordinance prohibits drive-through and other car-oriented uses. It provides a minimum density of 30 dwelling units per acre of gross site area for residential development in order to promote a critical mass of dwelling units in an area that can support neighborhood-oriented retail and service uses (the.. Read More
City of Manitou Springs Citizen Participation Plan & Report
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pre-Application & Consensus Building    
Colorado
Municipal
Applications as specified or required by Planning Staff shall include a Citizen Participation Plan and Report which must be implemented prior to the first public hearing... Read More
Town of Canadice Wind Energy Conversion System Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Wind Energy    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Canadice enacted a law to regulate wind energy conversion systems (WECS) in 2006. This law establishes regulations for industrial, commercial, and residential WECS. The law establishes requirements related to issues including: setbacks, height, aesthetics, wildlife and noise. The law also has provisions related to deconstruction and removal of inactive wind turbines... Read More
Town of Malone Wind Energy Facilities Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Wind Energy    
New York
Municipal
In 2006, the Town of Malone enacted a “Wind Energy Facilities” statute which prohibits commercial wind energy conversion systems (WECS) but permits small WECS and WECS used solely for agricultural operations. Town of Malone has exercised its right to opt out of NY Real Property Tax Law § 487... Read More
Town of Wethersfield Wind Energy Conversion Device/Farm Licensing, Siting & Design Regulations & Requirements Law.
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Wind Energy    
New York
Municipal
In 2006, the Town of Wethersfield adopted the "Town of Wethersfield Wind Energy Conversion Device/Farm Licensing, Siting and Design Regulations and Requirements Law.” The law establishes numerous requirements related to setbacks, safety, sound, shadow flicker, wildlife impacts, farming impacts, etc. Wethersfield requires applicants to obtain a license in order to operate the wind farm. This license can be renewed every five years, with fee relating to megawatt capacity... Read More
Town of Barnstable Wetlands Buffer Zone Regulation; Conservation Commission Regulatory Summary
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Buffer Zones, Coastal Protection, Development Standards, Sea Level Rise Adaptation    
Massachusetts
Municipal
The Town of Barnstable’s Wetlands Buffer Zone Regulation Summary acknowledges that accelerated sea level rise will result in increased coastal erosion processes and impact land erosion, storm drainage, flooding and wetland loss. To address these impacts, the Town of Barnstable requires fifty-foot buffer zones for any land subject to flooding, inundation by groundwater, surface water, tidal action, or coastal storm flowage. In the Conservation Commission’s Regulation Summary, revised in 2006, the Commission established additional performanc.. Read More
Town of East Hampton Policy Statement & Coastal Overlay District Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Coastal Protection, Overlay District, Sea Level Rise Adaptation    
New York
Municipal
The Town of East Hampton acknowledges that, while the extent of future sea level rise and increased storm activity may be uncertain, “it is well established that present sea level is rising and statistically certain that storms will be an ever-present threat to the Town’s coastal zone.” By enacting the coastal flooding and erosion control recommendations of the Town’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program, Policies 11-17, the Town’s Coastal Overlay District (COD) is intended to improve protection of coastal resources in East Hampton. The CO.. Read More
City of Pasadena Green Building Practices
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
California
Municipal
The city of Pasadena, California has adopted into its municipal code Green Building Practices in order to promote sustainable development and environmentally-friendly construction. Pasadena is located in Los Angeles County, surrounded by the Raymond Fault Line, San Rafael Hills, and San Gabriel Mountains. Home to approximately 148,000 residents, the city is perhaps most famous for hosting the annual Rose Bowl college football game. In 2007, Pasadena became involved with other cities in the state (including Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Fr.. Read More
Town of Bolton Heritage Farm Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Agriculture    
Connecticut
Municipal
The Town of Bolton established a Bolton Heritage Fund to be used for the preservation, restoration, development, and maintenance of the Bolton Heritage Farm. .. Read More
Town of Gardiner Zoning Purposes Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
Sections 220-1, § 220-2, and § 220-3 of the Town Code for the Town of Gardiner provide an introduction to the Town’s zoning ordinance. Chapter 220 states the title and the purpose of the zoning ordinance and acknowledges that the provisions of the ordinance are in accordance with the Town’s New Comprehensive Plan. Chapter 220 hereby establishes a new comprehensive zoning plan for the Town of Gardiner which is set forth in the text, tables and map that constitutes this chapter. The plan is adopted for all the purposes set forth in Article 16 .. Read More
Town of Mount Pleasant Stormwater Management & Erosion & Sediment Control Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Stormwater Management, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
This law is designed to mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff, by establishing minimum stormwater management requirements and controls. The Town Board is empowered to create this law and regulate on this subject matter, in order to protect the general health, safety and well-being of its citizens, as provided by the Municipal Home Rule Law of New York... Read More
City of Chapel Hill Land Use Management Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Land Use Planning, Zoning    
North Carolina
Municipal
The Chapel Hill Land Use Management Ordinance establishes standards and procedures for new development and redevelopment in the Town. The document provides rules under the Comprehensive Plan that tell applicants what is expected in order to gain approval to develop land in the town. The Ordinance provides the different requirements for the zoning districts... Read More
City of Calimesa Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
California
Municipal
Calimesa, California has created a subsection under its zoning chapter on Residential Zone District specifically for listing solar energy design standards. Calimesa requires that future structures should be oriented to maximize solar access opportunities and that “streets, lot sizes and lot configurations should be designed to maximize the number of structures oriented so that the south wall and roof area face within 45 degrees of due north.” Other standards include that roof-mounted solar collectors be placed in the most obscure location and .. Read More
City of McCall Subdivision and Development Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Idaho
Municipal
Within its Subdivision and Development Provisions Chapter, the City of McCall in Idaho makes a slight mention of solar heat and light. The City requires that within a subdivision plan, the applicant orient streets in a way to take advantage of the solar heat and light provided by the sun during the winter months. Other this one sub-section, this Chapter makes no other mention of solar energy systems. This could possibly create a barrier to their implementation since property owners would likely not be aware of the benefits or possibilities of i.. Read More