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Miami-Dade County Ordinance Sustainable Buildings Program
Date Added: Monday, June 27, 2016
Development Standards, Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
Ordinance 07-65 was approved on May 8, 2007. This ordinance amended the Code of Miami-Dade County to establish a Sustainable Buildings Program for Miami-Dade County facilities. In this legislation, the County established a program to promote the green design, construction and operation of buildings that are developed, constructed and managed by the County. .. Read More
West Hollywood Green Building Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Development Standards, Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
West Hollywood adopted one of the nation’s first mandatory green building ordinances, and it became effective in 2007. The ordinance ensures that new buildings will be healthier for residents, and use energy and resources more efficiently. Flexibility, responsiveness to local conditions, and cost-effectiveness are key features of the ordinance. The City has created a green building manual to guide users through the process. The green building requirements and incentives and private development ordinance focus on establishing new development sta.. Read More
Town of Amenia Special Permits & Site Plan Review
Date Added: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Pre-Application & Consensus Building, Site Plan Approval    
New York
Preliminary conferences are required. At any point in the application review process the Planning Commission can assign a mediator to address concerns raised by a Special Permit use. The mediator’s decision is non-binding and the cost of the mediation will be charged to the applicant as part of the application process... Read More
Grocery Store Attraction Strategies
Date Added: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Healthy Communities, Food Deserts    
State: Not Applicable
Lower income communities can have difficulties accessing fresh food, which can affect the physical health of the community residents and the economic health of the neighborhood. This report discusses research that has been conducted which highlights the difficulties that communities face in attracting a grocery store and having the store be successful, and serves as a resource to help communities organize a strategy to attract grocery stores. It also discusses the resources of local governments and local community-based organizations which have.. Read More
General Plans and Zoning: A toolkit for building healthy, vibrant communities
Date Added: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Land Use Planning, Healthy Communities, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
This resource is helpful for communities to look to see how zoning and public health relate. There is an overlap between public health and zoning. On page 135, the City of Berkley provides an example of zoning for food access. It discusses how local zoning and land use law influenced the city to cater to the needs of the town and push for a grocery store offering affordable fresh foods. When motivating community residents to speak for the needs of their fellow neighbors and quality of food access, projects get completed. This document also dis.. Read More
City of Charlotte Development Approval Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pre-Application & Consensus Building    
North Carolina
A public notification process is formalized in the development process for certain land uses to engage the public in a heightened fashion and consider their suggestions before the process is finalized... Read More
City of Mountlake Terrace Transportation Impact Fees Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Transportation & Land Use Planning, Transportation Efficient Development    
The Mountlake Terrace ordinance is not a TOD ordinance but it instead imposes transportation impact fees on new development that is expected to generate new vehicle trips on the City’s streets and roads. The ordinance is intended to ensure that adequate transportation infrastructure is available as growth and development occurs – it is not, however, intended to encourage development near transportation hubs. The ordinance sets forth impact fees for development within two service areas: One area is citywide, and requires certain fees to be colle.. Read More
Town of Eden Stormwater Management & Erosion Control Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Development Standards, Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Stormwater Management    
New York
Chapter 177 of the Town Code for the Town of Eden serves to decrease stormwater and erosion problems, associated with increased development in Eden, NY. Article II. Stormwater Management and Erosion and Sediment Control Within the Regulated MS4 Overlay District was added in 2007 and describes regulations to manage stormwater, and erosion and control sediment within the RMS4 overlay district, which is a district which has been determined by federal and state agencies to be a regulated municipal separate storm sewer system (RMS4) under the Phase.. Read More
Town of Eden Classes of Districts Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Development Standards, Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Overlay District, Stormwater Management    
New York
The Town of Eden has created several zoning districts, and use regulations in those districts, that will help control flooding and protect floodplains from uninformed and overdevelopment... Read More
City of Ronhert Park Local Energy Efficiency Standards & Green Buildings Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
The City of Rohnert Park’s “Energy Efficiency Standards” set minimum energy efficiency requirements for all new low-rise residential construction of any size, all low-rise residential additions equal to or greater than one thousand square feet of conditioned floor area, and all residential and nonresidential swimming pools and water features. The standards operate by setting required levels of efficiency that exceed the state-level energy requirements by a certain percentage. The percentages are imposed on a sliding scale, such that increasing.. Read More
Town of North Stonington Right-to-Farm Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Agriculture, Right-to-Farm    
The town of North Stonington established this right-to-farm ordinance designed to “foster farming as a way of life by declaring this municipality’s support of the farmer’s right to farm.”.. Read More
Town of New Paltz Wallkill River Recreation Overlay District
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Floodplain Regulations, Open Space Preservation, Overlay District, Recreational Uses, Smart Growth, Wildlife & Fish Habitat    
New York
This law creates the Wallkill River Recreation District, which is to be an area that serves the combined purposes of recreation, open space preservation, floodplain management, wildlife protection and scenic resource preservation. The law outlines the procedures for obtaining land to be used in the project and creates restrictions to be placed on these lands once they become part of the project. The 2011 amendment adds “The public hearing upon the application for renewal of such special permits shall be noticed in accordance with Article XVI, .. Read More
The town of Skaneateles Nonconforming Uses, Structures and Lots Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Development Standards, Mixed/Multiple Use, Zoning    
New York
The town of Skaneateles created rules that apply to nonconforming uses, structures, and lots. Existing nonconforming lots with impermeable surface coverage may be redeveloped by a special permit. The impermeable surface area must be reduced to the maximum extent possible to minimize the impact on streams, lakes, and groundwater. Measures to reduce the impermeable surface includes infiltration trenches, vegetated streams, and lake buffers. If the lot is within the Skaneateles Lake Watershed, the Planning Board Engineer shall also consult with th.. Read More
Village of Schaumberg Code § 154.62(C) Solar Access Protection; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
The Village of Schaumberg’s Solar Access Protection law authorizes the creation and recording of solar skyspace easements across contiguous or nearby lots, tracts, or land to protect an existing or intended solar collector’s exposure to the sun from obstruction of buildings and trees. Further, the law requires building permit applicants for structures that will increase the consumption of airspace to certify in writing that no solar skyspace easement exists over the lot. If the Village determines that proposed construction will intrude upon an .. Read More
Transforming Vacant Properties
Date Added: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Open Space Preservation, Healthy Communities    
Baltimore has a vacant property reclamation project termed “Project 5000.” The purpose of the project is to purchase vacant properties in “competitive, emerging, and stable” neighborhoods, but the most recent Master Plan calls for an extension of this project to “transitional and distressed” areas. Further, the plan calls for offering interest groups the chance to convert or purchase the vacant lots for conversion into community gardens, among other uses. In combination with Project 5000, the Master Plan calls for support of a Community Gard.. Read More
Multi-Family Dwelling District
Date Added: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Transportation Efficient Development, Healthy Communities    
New York
The City of Beacon plans to create a new community center for youth and seniors in or next to the central business district. The City encourages the police department to be involved in the planning and implementation of some of the youth planning through community policing. The goal is to create new opportunities for community development and for the youth and seniors to partake in activities to lead active and healthy lifestyles. The program also helps form a positive image of police officers in the community, which helps create stronger relat.. Read More