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Town of Brookhaven Central Pine Barrens District
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Comprehensive Planning    
New York
Municipal
This ordinance provides comprehensive details about planning tools and permitting processes that are consistent with the Central Pine Barrens Land Use Plan and promote the protection of the quality and quantity of surface water, groundwater and the short term and long term health of the Central Pine Barrens ecosystem. The ordinance recognizes Pine Barrens Credits for the transfer of development rights and incentive zoning, as well as a residential overlay district and a planned development district that support the protection of the core prese.. Read More
Town of North Castle Conservation Subdivisions Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Conservation Districts & Subdivisions    
New York
Municipal
Simultaneously with the approval of a subdivision plat and pursuant to § 281 of the Town Law, at the written request of the applicant, the Planning Board is authorized to modify the zoning regulations in residential districts with respect to lot area and dimensions, provided that the enumerated criteria are met. .. Read More
City and County of San Francisco Green Building, Environment Codes - Better Roof Requirements for Renewable Energy Facilities
Date Added: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy    
California
Municipal
In order to combat climate change and its potential effects on the peninsula based city, San Francisco has become the first large American city to enact an ordinance mandating that all new structures, fewer than 10 stories tall, must be outfitted with solar panels. This ordinance will take effect in 2017. The San Francisco ordinance exceeds the requirements set by state law mandating that new buildings must reserve a “solar zone” of roof space for the installation of solar panels. Although the article states that the California law mandates a .. Read More
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
Sustainable Development Checklist
Date Added: Monday, June 4, 2018
Healthy Communities, Climate Change Planning    
New York
Municipal
Kingston’s Comprehensive Plan provides a sustainable development checklist that is to be used for applicants seeking City funding. Each applicant must fill out the checklist and achieve a minimum score to receive funding. The goal of the checklist procedure is to fund more sustainable projects that reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions, water consumption, waste generation, and stormwater runoff. An increase in the number of sustainable projects that create reduced CO2 emissions and waste generation will inherently benefit the public healt.. Read More
Amendment to Town of Saugerties, New York Zoning Code Chapter 245
Date Added: Monday, June 18, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The amendment to the Town of Saugerties, New York Zoning Code allows large scale solar energy facilities via special use permits. The site for such facility shall be at least the minimum area required in the zoning district and the total area covered by the facility and all related appurtenances shall not exceed 70% of the gross area of the site. The required coverage as set for in the Schedule of Area and Bulk Regulations (Sec. 245-12) shall not apply to solar energy facilities where a solar array is designed and located so that the underlying.. Read More
City of Beacon, New York Code-Chapter 223: Solar Collectors and Installations
Date Added: Monday, June 18, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The City of Beacon, New York’s Code has an article dedicated to solar collectors and their installation. The height of freestanding and ground-mounted solar collectors (permitted as accessory structures in all zoning districts) and any mounts shall not exceed twenty feet when oriented at maximum tilt. For large-scale solar collectors or solar farms (which are prohibited in areas zoned for residential use), the maximum height for freestanding solar panels located on the ground or attached to a framework located on the ground shall not exceed 20 .. Read More
Town of Bethlehem, New York Code § 128-67.2 – Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Date Added: Monday, June 18, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
§ 128-67.2 of the Town of Bethlehem, New York’s Code specifies zoning requirements for various types of solar collector units in different zoning districts within the City. For a building-mounted system, solar panels shall be set back no less than 3' from the edge of the roof to allow for fire access and ventilation. On sloped roofs, this requirement does not apply along that portion of the bottom edge located more than 3' from a side edge. Small-scale ground-mounted systems shall be permitted in a required minimum side yard or rear yard setbac.. Read More
Envision Cortlandt – 2016 Sustainable Comprehensive Plan
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Comprehensive Planning, Solar Energy    
New York
Municipal
In 2014, the Town of Cortlandt established by resolution a Solar Task Force. This Task Force spent one year exploring the possibility of installing solar energy systems on Town buildings and determining ways that solar energy systems can be adopted by residents. In 2015, the Task Force presented twelve recommendations to the Town Board, all of which were received. By the end of that year, three of the Task Force’s recommendations had already been completed, including adopting the New York State Unified Solar Permit, joining the Sustainable West.. Read More
Town of North Castle, New York Code § 258-4. Permitting
Date Added: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Historic District Preservation, Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 258 of the Town of North Castle, New York Code is titled Solar Infrastructure Siting. § 258-4(N) allows historic district preservation plans to incorporate solar technologies, if a Certificate of Appropriateness has been issued by the Town’s Landmark Preservation committee... Read More
Town of Kingston, New York Code - Article XV: Solar Energy Systems
Date Added: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
Kingston amended its zoning ordinance to permit small-scale solar energy systems by right and ground-mounted solar energy systems as accessory structures in all zoning districts. Large-scale solar energy systems are allowed in the Town by a Special Use Permit. .. Read More
Town of Southampton, New York Code § 330- 76(L) – Solar energy systems.
Date Added: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Southampton, New York amended its zoning code to allow roof-mounted and ground-mounted solar energy systems as accessory uses in all zoning districts when the primary use on a lot is for producing electricity for on-site consumption. If solar energy equipment is visible from the public right-of-way, it shall match the color scheme of the underlying structure... Read More
Town of East Bloomfield, New York Code § 135-41(H) – Solar arrays
Date Added: Monday, June 11, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Town of East Bloomfield, New York allows solar energy systems by right in all zoning districts. However, a party seeking to install a building- or structure- mounted solar array must have a letter from a professional engineer or registered architect certifying that the existing structure can support the additional gravity and wind loads of the solar energy system. Meanwhile, ground-mounted solar arrays can be located in a side or year yard, but if the applicant can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Planning Board that locating such sol.. Read More
Healthy Community Implementation Toolbox
Date Added: Thursday, July 12, 2018
Comprehensive Planning, Healthy Communities, Zoning    
California
N/A
Los Angeles wants to decrease health inequalities, chronic disease and obesity amongst the community. As a result, the ULI Los Angeles’ Healthy Community Implementation Toolbox was created for local governments and officials in public works, planning, and private developers. The goal of this toolbox is to create a healthy environment with creative active living design plans, incorporating fast food regulations and healthy retail incentives, along with farmers’ markets and community gardens. The toolbox outlines twelve tools for developing healt.. Read More
Austin Healthy Food Access Initiative
Date Added: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Transportation & Land Use Planning, Healthy Communities, Zoning, Urban Farming & Community Gardens, Vulnerable Populations    
Texas
Municipal
This initiative began in 2015 with an American Planning Association Plan4Health grant to address access to healthy food in the North Central area of Austin, Texas. The City, through its Office of Sustainability, created a Food Planning Pilot Program focused on priority populations who have historically struggled to find healthy, fresh foods at affordable prices. These populations include school children who qualify for free lunches, immigrants, refugees, and other struggling low-income groups. In response to the City Council’s Resolution in 201.. Read More
Energize CT Solar PV Model Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Connecticut
N/A
Energize CT developed a model solar PV zoning ordinance to aid municipalities in developing their own solar PV zoning ordinance. The model provides example height restrictions for various types of solar collector units. It states that ground-mounted solar PV systems are permitted as an accessory use in all zoning districts upon issuance of the proper permit and that they must not exceed thirty-five inches in height. Roof-mounted solar PV systems (permitted as an accessory use in all zoning districts upon issuance of the proper permit) shall be .. Read More
Biking and Walking in the United States 2016
Date Added: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Pedestrian Oriented Design (POD), Healthy Communities, Bicycle Infrastructure    
State: Not Applicable
N/A
The Benchmarking Project has 3 primary objectives: 1) to promote data collection and availability, 2) to measure progress and evaluate results, and 3) to support efforts to increase bicycling and walking. The project is also motivated by making the connection between active transportation and healthy communities. The first half of this report contains a review of relevant research that supports biking and walking improvements, and the second half of the report provides state and city data. Part one explains the Benchmarking Project and the data.. Read More
PAS Essential Info Packet: Planning & Zoning for Health in the Built Environment
Date Added: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Comprehensive Planning, Land Use Planning, Healthy Communities, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
N/A
The Essential Info Packet provides planners with a collection of examples that demonstrate a connection between health and the built environment. These examples include zoning laws, policies, and how-to guidance on how communities across the country have addressed issues of public health. First it provides a list of sources which analyze the importance of creating a connection between health and the built environment. It also includes, collaborations with local governments and agencies, health impact assessments, comprehensive plans and toolkit.. Read More
Land Use Law Center Streamlined Review & Approval Process
Date Added: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Streamlining    
New York
Municipal
For cities and villages to encourage needed development and the tax base benefits it brings, they must be certain that the process of receiving, reviewing, and acting on applications for land use approvals is efficient, saving applicants the time and cost of undue delays. Streamlining ensures that this process is as clear and understandable as possible, from the moment an applicant enters city or village hall until a Certificate of Occupancy for a project is secured. This document is designed to assist municipalities in assessing the purpose o.. Read More
Land Use Law Center Strategies for Scattered Site & Infill Development Checklist
Date Added: Friday, April 21, 2017
Land Use Planning, Urban Renewal, Vacant & Distressed Properties, Streamlining    
New York
Municipal
The Land Use Law Center created this checklist to assist municipalities in planning for infill and scattered site development. The checklist contains guidance from the beginning steps, such as identifying properties with redevelopment potential to engaging the community. The document also contains a checklist to present tools to help municipalities create and implement streamlined project review protocols to encourage economic development while still protecting the environment. *This document was prepared with funds provided by the New Y.. Read More
Land Use Law Center Strategies for Sustainable, Economic Development Checklist
Date Added: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Economic Development, Land Use Planning    
New York
Municipal
The Land Use Law Center created this checklist to assist municipalities in planning for sustainable, economic development. The goal is encourage use of strategies that encourage development that is environmentally conscious and economically prosperous. The checklist contains guidance on improvements in eighteen different areas, such as developing code for transit-oriented development districts and encouraging neighborhood-organized improvements. *This document was prepared with funds provided by the New York State Department of State und.. Read More
Kansas City Zoning and Development Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Missouri
Municipal
According to its Zoning & Development Code, building-mounted and ground-mounted solar energy systems are permitted in all zoning districts in Kansas City, Missouri as accessory structures. The section on accessory solar energy systems in the Code authorizes property owners to negotiate for any desired solar easements to protect access to sunlight. The section goes on to list certain regulations for both building-mounted and ground-mounted solar energy systems. For example, solar energy systems may not extend more than three feet above the appli.. Read More
City-Wide Design Guidelines and Standards
Date Added: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Healthy Communities, Traffic Calming & Safety    
New York
Municipal
Section 120-157(E) of Rochester’s Zoning Code encourages structures and public spaces to be pedestrian-oriented and promote safe pedestrian movement, access and circulation. Additionally, if a service alley is available, garages and loading areas should only be accessed via the alley. This ordinance increases pedestrian safety and encourages people to walk as a primary form of transportation which will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. .. Read More
Transportation and Street Design
Date Added: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Healthy Communities, Traffic Calming & Safety    
Texas
Municipal
Section 35-506(t) of San Antonio’s Unified Development Code states that the City has identified long, wide streets encourage speeding. The code requires that the length of blocks comply with section 35-15(b)(3); however, blocks can be lengthened if traffic calming features are implemented. Approved traffic calming features include roundabouts, median islands, and “T” intersections. The shorter block and increase in traffic calming features will cause residents to feel safer using alternative methods of transportation such as biking or wa.. Read More
City of Chula Vista Municipal Code §§ 15.24.065, 15.28.015 - PV Pre­Wiring & Solar H2O Heater Pre­Plumbing Reqs; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
California
Municipal
The City of Chula Vista’s electrical code includes photovoltaic (PV) pre-wiring requirements that mandate all new residential units to include an electrical conduit specifically designed to allow the later installation of a PV system that utilizes solar energy as a means to provide electricity. Similarly, Chula Vista’s plumbing code requires all new residential units to include plumbing specifically designed to allow the later installation of a solar water heater that utilizes solar energy as the primary means of heating domestic potable water... Read More
North Carolina’s Template Solar Energy Development Ordinance; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
North Carolina
State
The Template Solar Energy Development Ordinance for North Carolina defines solar energy systems (“SES”), in part, based on their physical size measured in acres. According to the state’s model ordinance, Level 1 SESs include those that are ground-mounted on an area of up to 50 percent of the footprint of the primary structure on the parcel but no more than 1 acre. Level 2 SESs are ground-mounted systems with a footprint of less than or equal to a half acre in residential districts, less than or equal to 10 acres in general commercial business a.. Read More
Establishing Urban Farming and Community Gardens
Date Added: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Healthy Communities, Urban Farming & Community Gardens    
Washington
Municipal
Broadview, Bitter Lake, and Haller Lake (BBH) is a collaboration of neighborhoods in the city of Seattle who help to provide vision and planning procedures for community growth. One of these visions is greater access to local and healthy foods. Healthy food access has been shown to increase the health of the population, stimulate the local economy, and provide a better sense of community. In 2012, the BBH Neighborhood Plan Update included a short article on community-member interest in local and healthy food access. With the use of community re.. Read More
Recreation Marketing
Date Added: Monday, June 4, 2018
Healthy Communities, Parks & Recreation, Equity    
New York
Municipal
Chenango County has set goals relating to the health of their community as well as increasing the use of their outdoor recreation facilities. To ensure the health of all their residents, the county will assess the health needs of all residents. The data collected from the assessment will be used to support existing programs and identify gaps in service that can be filled. The county also plans to heavily market their outdoor recreation opportunities to encourage the use by all residents with a specific focus on targeting the youth group. Hop.. Read More
Park Development in Industrial Zones
Date Added: Monday, June 4, 2018
Healthy Communities, Parks & Recreation, Equity    
Oregon
Municipal
Part of Portland’s economic development goals include ensuring that parks, trails, natural areas, and a healthy environment continue to protect the city’s quality of life and attract businesses and the workforce alike. Accordingly, Portland set forth a policy of allowing park development within industrial zones to guarantee adequate park service within one-half mile of every resident. This policy will make green infrastructure conveniently accessible to all residents of Portland. Additionally, the added green spaces will aid the city in the .. Read More