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City of Tampa Upland Habitat Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Overlay District, Wildlife & Fish Habitat    
Florida
Municipal
The Upland Habitat Protection Ordinance was designed to protect the xeric and mesic plant communities and wildlife habitat in Tampa. The ordinance achieves this by establishing an overlay district and requiring plan approval before the commencement of development within the district... Read More
Town of Cortlandt Steep Slopes Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Steep Slope Protection, Zoning, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
This law recognizes the importance that the future development of land has on the Town of Cortlandt, and focuses on steep slopes in particular as they demand a higher degree of environmental sensitivity. Chapter 259 of the Town Code of Cortlandt establishes regulations which prevent improper disturbance or alteration of steep slopes. The purpose legislature was not to restrict general development in the town but to protect natural resources and preserve the visual and environmental character of the land. .. Read More
County of New Castle Environment First Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
Delaware
Municipal
The Environment First amendments to the Unified Development Code (UDC), were introduced May 13, 2003. They tighten up the already strict and thorough regulations of the UDC, which includes Article 23: Landscaping, Trees, and Erosion. The Environment First amendments strengthen the riparian buffer requirements in order to dissipate the velocity of runoff and control erosion, requires stormwater management and grading efforts to use green technology best management practices and to maintain non-erosive velocities of runoff and allows herbaceous v.. Read More
City of Shawnee Solar Easements Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Solar Energy    
Kansas
Municipal
The solar easement ordinance establishes a program for solar skyspace easements to protect access to solar energy. It uses land-use regulations, not for a specific land-preservation goal, but for energy conservation purposes... Read More
City of Albuquerque Project Treestart Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Tree Preservation & Protection    
New Mexico
Municipal
This ordinance aims to create an advisory committee that will promote tree planting in the city, particularly trees that are well suited to the arid environment and compatible with city life. .. Read More
Town of North Castle Hilltops, Ridgelines & Steep Slopes Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Ridgeline Protection, Steep Slope Protection, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
§ 213-17 of the Town Code for the Town of North Castle was enacted for the purpose of preventing erosion, minimizing stormwater runoff and flooding, and preserving the Town's character and property values. The means by which the Town attempts to reach this goal is by preventing the development of hilltops, ridgelines and steep slopes... Read More
State of New York Freshwater Wetlands Regulations
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Recreational Uses, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
State
Article 24-Title 7 of New York State Consolidated Laws promulgates the sustained and safe use of Freshwater and Wetlands in the Town. Under the law, any person that wishes to engage in any of the enumerated activities including: draining, dredging, dumping, filling, in wetland areas as designated by the official map, shall seek a permit which will either be granted or denied depending on the outcome of the local government or the commissioner’s consideration of the effect of the proposed activity with reference to the public health and welfare,.. Read More
City of Bainbridge Island Accessory Dwelling Units Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Accessory Uses , Affordable Housing , Zoning    
Washington
Municipal
Chapter 18.89 of Bainbridge Island Municipal Code describes zoning provisions for accessory dwelling units. The law includes provisions for entrances, setback distance from the main residence, and school fees, among other provisions... Read More
City of Bend Solar Setback Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Solar Energy    
Oregon
Municipal
Title 10-10 of the Bend Code attempts to provide as much solar access as feasible during the winter solar heating hours to existing or potential buildings by requiring all new structures to be constructed as far south on their lots as is feasible and necessary... Read More
Massachusetts Agricultural Land Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Farmland Protection & Preservation    
Massachusetts
State
This statute authorizes a city or town to establish a conservation commission for the promotion, development and protection of the natural resources of the city or town. Paragraph two below authorizes such commission to adopt rules and regulations governing the use of agricultural lands under its control to achieve its purpose. Such regulations shall not be less stringent than those regulations under section forty of chapter one hundred and thirty-one, which sets the statewide minimum standard for the regulation of the environment and natura.. Read More
City of Kellogg Zoning Regulations § 220-56 – Solar Energy Systems; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Minnesota
Municipal
Under the City of Kellogg, Minnesota’s zoning code, solar energy systems (SES) and solar and earth­sheltered structures are permitted uses, provided certain requirements are met, that may be exempt from certain restrictions by variance. The provisions also forbid vegetation or structures in residential districts if they cast a shadow on an existing SES greater than a determined standard. That standard does not apply to vegetation and structures existing at the time of SES installation. Violation constitutes a private nuisance that gives rise to.. Read More
Village of Bronxville Site Plan & Subdivision Approval Standards
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Site Design Standards, Stormwater Management, Subdivision Approvals, Watershed Protection, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The Village of Bronxville, New York, requires any land being cleared or altered, any building or other structure being constructed, demolished, moved, externally altered or enlarged, any water course, floodplain or wetlands being diverted, dredged or filled, any use of land, building, or other structure being changed, any building or other use permit being issued, to receive the final approval of a site plan granted by the Planning Board. However, detached single-family residential buildings permitted as-of-right under the applicable zoning reg.. Read More
City of Twin Falls Zoning and Subdivision Regulations – Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
Idaho
Municipal
Mediation is provided in the administration process of zoning issues, creating the opportunity for a stay in the hearing proceedings for parties who wish to engage in mediation. The first session is paid for by the city, thereafter, by the parties. .. Read More
City of Hillsboro Zoning Ordinances for the SCR-V District
Date Added: Monday, November 14, 2016
Mixed/Multiple Use, Transportation & Land Use Planning    
Oregon
Municipal
The City of Hillsboro enacted specific zoning ordinances for the SCR-V district that surrounds the transit station at the Orenco Station. This zoning is intended to promote mixed-use around the transit center... Read More
Worcester County, Maryland Alternative Energy Facilities Regulation
Date Added: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Alternative Energy, Solar Energy, Zoning    
Maryland
Municipal
In its alternative energy facilities regulation, Worcester County defines solar energy systems, in part, based on energy capacity. It defines large solar energy systems as those with a rated capacity of two hundred kilowatts or greater. Medium solar energy systems are ground-mounted systems with a rated capacity greater than five kilowatts but less than two hundred kilowatts or roof-mounted systems of any capacity in excess of five kilowatts. Finally, small solar energy systems have a rated capacity of five kilowatts or less. .. Read More
Washington State Environmental Policy Act
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Environmental Impact Review Requirements    
Washington
State
The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) seeks to consider the environmental impacts of government decisions and requires a review of various activities or projects in order to assess the proposal’s impact on the environment. Land, air, water, plants/animals, as well as impacts of noise, traffic, utilities, aesthetics, recreation and housing must be considered under this act. Counties throughout the state are working to coordinate their efforts at meeting the requirements of the Growth Management Act and SEPA. .. Read More
Town of Brookhaven Land Division Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 28, 2017
Subdivision Approvals, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
This law sets forth the application requirements for persons seeking to divide their land into multiple plots. .. Read More
Town of Guilford Plan for Open Space and Municipal Land Needs
Date Added: Monday, October 17, 2016
Land Acquisition, Open Space Preservation    
Connecticut
Municipal
This ordinance provides a comprehensive approach to land acquisition. The community looks at the needs of the town in terms of open space protection, passive recreation, active recreation, and municipal facilities to help plan for the future... Read More
Village of Westfield Zoning Code § 155-57 Solar Systems; Solar Zoning; Solar Access
Date Added: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Village of Westfield’s supplemental zoning regulations regulates the use of active and passive solar energy systems. Westfield’s solar regulation requires special permits to authorize the placement of a solar electric system on an owner’s property. After a system’s owner obtains this permit, adjoining property owners must obtain a special permit prior to placing buildings, towers, vegetation, or other possible obstructions of the permitted system’s solar access. The regulation specifies that placement of potential obstructions “shall be suc.. Read More
New York State Constitution Article I Section 7
Date Added: Monday, October 17, 2016
Land Acquisition    
New York
State
Article I Section 7 of the NY State Constitution relates to eminent domain. Along with eminent domain and private property in general, the legislature establishes that private roads may be opened upon a jury determination. In addition, Article 7 establishes that construction and maintenance of the drainage systems for swamp and agricultural lands is permissible even when those lands are privately owned. Rules regarding compensation under these circumstances are also presented in this article... Read More
Village of Yellow Springs Renewable Energy Metering Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Renewable Energy Metering    
Ohio
Municipal
The goal of this ordinance is to offset electrical retail rates for residential and commercial users with electricity generated from solar and/or wind power... Read More
Town of Irondequoit Historic Preservation Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Historic Preservation, Local Boards, Landmarks & Historical Districts    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 236 of the Town Code for the Town of Irondequoit recognizes the rich, varied history of Irondequoit. It was enacted to protect and enhance the landmarks and historic districts which represent distinctive elements of Irondequoit's historic, architectural, and cultural heritage; to foster civic pride in the accomplishments of the past; to protect and enhance Irondequoit's appeal to visitors and the support and stimulus to the economy thereby provided; and to insure the harmonious, orderly, and efficient growth and development of the Town.. Read More
The Town of Middleburgh Nonconforming Uses, Structures and Lots Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Flood Prevention, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Middleburgh has several districts which must meet certain specifications. Parcels in the Flood Protection District (FPD) must comply with the Flood Damage Prevention Law and new parcels (after 12/31/07) must comply with the district requirements. The Planned Development District (PDD) was designed to accommodate such large-scale uses as to the benefit to the community. The law is not intended to restrict the construction or use of underground or overhead public utility distribution facilities. There are specific restrictions on gaso.. Read More
Village of Buffalo Grove Planned United Development Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Planned Unit Development, Solar Energy    
Illinois
Municipal
Buffalo Grove in Illinois has created a Planned Unit Development (PUD) section within its Code of Ordinances, Section 17.28.050. Residential dwelling units within this PUD district shall be calculated on the net acreage of the site, where percentages will be applied to the base density. The PUD section does include a solar energy incentive when calculating the percentages for residential dwelling units. Under the incentive, Buffalo Grove will allocate three percent for the provision of solar housing design elements or if one hundred percent of.. Read More
City of Dubuque Unified Development Code; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Iowa
Municipal
In Dubuque, Iowa’s Unified Development Code, solar collectors are permitted in Single-Family Residential Districts, Two-Family Residential Districts, Alternate Two-Family Residential Districts, Moderate Density Multi-Family Residential Districts, Multi-Family Residential Districts, Office Residential Districts, and Office Commercial Districts as accessory use structures. Dubuque’s Development Code also includes a Sustainable Subdivision Development program whereby applicants must achieve a minimum score of forty points by utilizing a list of to.. Read More
City of Annapolis Green Buildings: Energy Efficiency and Environmental Design
Date Added: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
Maryland
Municipal
The City of Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is set in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay. Only 29 miles east of Washington D.C., Annapolis has a population of 36,524 people, with a population density of 5,326 people per square mile. Annapolis has several public transportation options, including an eight-route bus system and railway connecting the city to nearby Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Annapolis uses an integrated approach in regulating the planning, design, and sustainability of buildings. The city’s sustainable building law manda.. Read More
City of Greensboro Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
North Carolina
Municipal
The purpose of this ordinance is to “regulate certain land-disturbing activity to control accelerated erosion and sedimentation to prevent the pollution of water and other damage to lakes, watercourses, and other public and private property by sedimentation”. Permits for land disturbing activity are required for properties that meet certain conditions. Generally, a soil erosion and sedimentation control plan is required and must contain the control objectives including identifying critical areas, limiting time of exposure, limiting exposed ar.. Read More
County of Miami-Dade Coastal Management Planning Element
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Coastal Protection, Sea Level Rise Adaptation    
Florida
Municipal
The Board of County Commissioners for Miami-Dade County, Florida, adopted the Planning Commission’s Comprehensive Development Master Plan (CDMP) in order to promote general welfare, maintain conditions under which people and nature can coexist in “productive harmony” and fulfill social, economic, and other requirements for present and future generations. Section 2-113.1 of the Codex specifically incorporates the CDMP’s Planning Elements. The Coastal Management Planning Element requires that sea level rise projected by the federal government b.. Read More
State of Louisiana Training Requirements for Local Boards Act
Date Added: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
Louisiana
State
This bill requires land use training for local boards in Louisiana... Read More
Village of Tarrytown Historic Districts & Landmarks Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Landmarks & Historical Districts    
New York
Municipal
The Historic Districts and Landmarks Ordinance was created to protect and promote the use of historic districts and landmark sites which will stabilize and improve property values while also attracting tourists and visitors... Read More
State of Illinois Historic District & Landmark Preservation – Municipal Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Historic District Preservation, Landmark Preservation, State Land Use Law, Landmarks & Historical Districts    
Illinois
State
Corporate municipal authorities are afforded broad authority to identify and create subsidiary boards, as needed, to preserve scenic and historic resources, including natural and manmade buildings, landmarks, and landscapes. Municipal authorities are charged to prevent the “disappearance [of] areas, places, buildings, structures, works of art and other objects having special historical, community, or aesthetic interest or value.” Municipal authorities may establish economic incentives and other agreements to encourage the acquisition, donation.. Read More
Town of Malta Farming Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Right-to-Farm, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
New York
Municipal
It is the general purpose and intent of this chapter to maintain and preserve the rural tradition and character of the Town of Malta, to permit the continuation of agricultural practices, to protect the existence and operation of farms and to encourage the initiation and expansion of farms and agricultural businesses... Read More
County of Douglas Environmental Overlay District Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Overlay District    
Georgia
Municipal
The ordinance establishes environmental overlay districts in order to protect the groundwater and wetlands of the community. Activities having the potential to impact the groundwater or wetlands are regulated, including the lot size for new homes which will require a septic tank or septic field, chemical or petroleum storage tanks, and any development within 100 feet of a wetlands area. The districts are marked on the town’s Zoning maps. .. Read More
Town of Blooming Grove Zoning & Overlay Districts Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Overlay District, Ridgeline Protection, Scenic Resources, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 235, Section 235-5, of the Town Code for the Town of Blooming Grove establishes different zoning and overlay districts and it describes the purpose of these districts. The purpose of the overlay district is to protect specific types of resources such as scenic views/ scenic roads, and ridgelines. Overlay districts do not change the use of the district, but impose on it, specific requirements that must be followed... Read More
City of Albany Pesticide Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Local Environmental Law, Agriculture, Pesticide Management    
New York
Municipal
The purpose of this law is to phase out the use of pesticides in Albany, NY. The law sets forth a plan for “reduction, substitution and elimination” of pesticides for each of the City’s departments that have used and continue to use pesticides. .. 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
Village of Cross Plains Hill Development Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Buffer Zones, Open Space Preservation, Ridgeline Protection, Scenic Resources    
Wisconsin
Municipal
The Village of Cross Plains established the following general regulations to protect the bluffs surrounding the village from development. They prohibit use or disturbance of hillsides and hilltop edges and require hilltop development to limit any land, vegetation, or scenic disturbance... 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
Town of Williston Ridgeline/Wooded Hillside Protection Overlay Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Overlay District, Ridgeline Protection    
Vermont
Municipal
The purpose of the Williston Ridgeline/Wooded Hillside Protection Overlay District is to protect the scenic beauty of the town, as well as to protect the sensitive natural communities of slopes and to prevent erosion. The ordinance sets out restrictions for the type of building that can be done in the zone and the amount of ground cover that must be kept around building lots. .. Read More
Town of Henlopen Acres Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Delaware
Municipal
The Town of Henlopen Acres in Delaware only permits roof-mounted solar panels/collectors to be installed and used on any principal structure. These panels are subject to any applicable building code, “including but not limited to the International Residential Code, Section M2301 and approved by the Environmental Review Committee (ERC).” The Town sets forth certain regulations for solar panels such as prohibiting the panels from being installed on the roof surface facing the street and requiring they be parallel to and not higher than six inches.. Read More
New York State Town Law Subdivision Review; Approval of Plats; Additional Requisites Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Subdivision Approvals    
New York
State
This law authorizes Town Boards in New York State to do Subdivision Review. The topics covered include: the purpose, additional requirements, compliance with zoning regulations, reservation of parkland on subdivision plats containing residential units, character of development, application for area variance, installation of fire alarm devices, performance bonds or other securities and provision of improvements by town. .. Read More
County of Maui Planned Development Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Open Space Preservation, Planned Development Districts, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Hawaii
Municipal
Maui County Zoning Ordinances include provisions for Planned Development and Lot Reduction, Open Space Incentives, and Cluster Development Overlay Zones. Planned Development is intended to encourage better design and land use, protect the natural environment, minimize traffic congestion, and improve living conditions. At least 20% of Planned Developments must be preserved as protected open space and designed as a park-like area. Lot reductions of 20% and multi-unit buildings are permitted in these developments, specific numbers depending on und.. Read More
State of New York Transfer of Development Rights Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Purchase of Development Rights, Scenic Resources, Transfer of Development Rights (TDR), Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
New York
State
This law authorizes cities within New York State to transfer development rights with respect to parcels of land under zoning ordinances or local laws, and also governs the transfer of development rights between sending and receiving districts... Read More
City of Belleview Trash Collection & Recycling Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Recycling    
Nebraska
Municipal
This recycling ordinance contains a detailed description of both the type of materials that are to be recycled, and the form in which they are to be collected... Read More
State of Massachusetts Forest Cutting Practices & Timber Harvesting Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Forest Management, Timber Harvesting, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Massachusetts
State
The regulation of forest cutting practices appears to rest solely with the state of Massachusetts. Regulations and licensing are found under Chapter one hundred and thirty-two of the General Laws of Massachusetts. MASS. GEN. Laws. ch. 132 (2004). The state declares its intention to protect forest lands in section forty of this chapter. Other helpful statutes defining terms and objectives are included below... Read More
State of New York Intermunicipal Cooperation in Comprehensive Planning & Land Use Regulation
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Land Use Planning    
New York
State
This law expresses statutory authority for city governments in New York State to enter into agreements with one another for comprehensive planning and land use regulation in order to facilitate intergovernmental cooperation in an effective and efficient way... Read More
Village of Port Chester New York Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals Training
Date Added: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
New York
Municipal
This law requires that the members of the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals, for the Village of Port Chester, meet mandatory training and attendance requirements, in order to ensure that these members understand the authority given to them, and have the request knowledge of land use law in order to apply their power appropriately. .. Read More
City of Portland Demolition or Repair of Derelict Buildings Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Vacant & Distressed Properties    
Oregon
Municipal
Portland, Oregon, enacted an ordinance that requires the destruction, repair, rehabilitation, or removal of any dangerous or derelict structure. Derelict structures are usually identified by the Director of the Bureau of Development Services and include, but are not limited to structures that are boarded, vacant, or unsecured, and previously had a public nuisance abated by the city. A property violates the ordinance until it has been lawfully occupied, demolished and regraded under proper permit, or the owner has proved to the Director that t.. Read More
New York State Town Law: § 283. Issuance of Licenses and Permits in Certain Towns
Date Added: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
New York
State
In towns which have a building department, which has been set up as an adjunct of the town planning board, this law gives authority to that department to issue all license or permits, and to collect whatever fees are required by law. .. Read More
County of Cook Building Construction Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
Illinois
Municipal
Cook County, Illinois has over 130 incorporated municipalities, the largest of which is the county seat, Chicago, which makes up approximately 54% of the population of the county. The county of 5,294,664 residents is the second most populous in the United States after Los Angeles County, and is home to 43.3% of Illinois residents. Cook is on the coast line of Lake Michigan and has a total area of 1,635 square miles, 946 of which is land and 689 of which is water. Cook County’s Building Construction ordinance requires that all newly constru.. Read More
County of La Plata Development Standards Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Affordable Housing , Development Standards    
Colorado
Municipal
La Plata County divides development standards into two groups, required and encouraged. Standards are encouraged through a point system. A developer is awarded points for meeting various importance factors which are scored in relevance to its assigned importance level. Negative scores are assigned when a project causes some detriment to the community. A developer is then eligible for various incentives and waivers depending on the total points accrued. The provision of affordable housing for employees and residents is an encouraged standar.. Read More
City of Newburgh Zoning Law, Section 300- 52 Environmental Constraints
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Steep Slope Protection, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
Consistent with the general purposes of the City of Newburgh Zoning Law, the Supplementary Regulations set forth environmental constraints to control potentially objectionable external aspects of all uses. The regulations require specific conditions for steep slopes (greater than 15%): adequate erosion control and drainage measures must be in place to prevent erosion and sedimentation; the cutting of natural vegetation must be minimized; safety hazards such as subsidence, road washouts, landslides, flooding, or avalanches must be prevented; and.. Read More
New York State Town Law – Grant of Power Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Land Use Planning, Local Boards, State Land Use Law, Zoning    
New York
State
The following law grants authority to Town Boards in New York State to regulate and restrict the height, number of stories and size of buildings and other structures, the percentage of lot that may be occupied, the size of yards, courts, and other open spaces, the density of population, and the location and use of buildings, structures and land for trade, industry, residence or other purposes; provided that such regulations shall apply to and affect only such part of a town as is outside the limits of any incorporated village or city; provid.. 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
County of Beaufort Rural Land Purchase of Development Rights Program
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Purchase of Development Rights    
South Carolina
Municipal
The purpose of this ordinance is to create a purchase of development rights (PDR) program that enables the preservation of rural and critical lands in Beaufort County. Land must meet certain requirements in order for a conservation easement to be funded... Read More
Town of Avon Ridgeline Protection Overlay Zone
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Overlay District, Ridgeline Protection    
Connecticut
Municipal
This overlay district was adopted to protect ridgelines for the conservation of environmental attributes including ground water quality, ground water recharge and wildlife habitat, and in order to prevent erosion. It provides for a setback area from the ridgeline as specified by a qualified professional. The setback area is designated on a map prepared by the Commission... 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
State of New York Coordination with Agricultural Districts Program
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Agriculture, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
New York
State
This law states that local governments shall not pass rules or regulations that unreasonably restrict farm structures or practices unless they bear a direct relationship to public health and safety. Any application for development in an agricultural zone, or within five hundred feet of one, must include an agricultural data statement that the developer must send to the town board, planning board, or zoning board of appeals, as well as to the owner of the agricultural property. .. Read More
County of Clark Stormwater and Erosion Control Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Stormwater Management    
Washington
Municipal
This chapter combines the county's stormwater and erosion control regulations are combined into one chapter, and apply to development or redevelopment activities that include adding 5,000 SF or more impervious surface in rural areas and 2,000 SF or more in urban areas. Stormwater requirements include off-site analysis of impacts _ mile downstream and conveyance standards. Erosion control requirements include variable requirements for small parcel and large parcel developments, signage at points of entry for subdivisions or short plats, and form.. Read More
Louisville and Jefferson County Erosion Preventions and Sediment Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
Kentucky
Municipal
The ordinance was designed through a community consensus process that took place between 1997 and 2000. It applies to all construction and land moving operations that affect over 5,000 sq. ft. of land, excepting agriculture, but including single family uses. This ordinance requires the permitee to perform weekly inspections and maintenance on all implemented sedimentation control measures and inspections after each 0.5 inch 24 hour storm event. It is in compliance with Phase II NPDES requirements... Read More
City of Rahway Mixed-Use Zone
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Pedestrian Oriented Design (POD), Transit Oriented Development (TOD)    
New Jersey
Municipal
The City Code of Rahway, New Jersey provides for an “M-X” zoning district (mixed use zone) that aims to create a high-density area near the Rahway Train Station (which underwent a $16 million renovation, including a public plaza in front of the station) by providing for multiple uses and pedestrian linkages to the waterfront and downtown areas. The renovation of the train station has led to an increased effort in downtown revitalization, with new residences, restaurants, and art galleries being constructed in the downtown area. The M-X ordin.. Read More
Town of Tonawanda Code § 215-180(C)(9) Large Scale Solar Applications; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Tonawanda authorizes applicants for large-scale or utility-scale solar energy systems to negotiate with adjacent property owners for any necessary solar skyspace easements and requires the applicant to include documentation of any solar skyspace easement that is properly recorded. The Town lists the elements that must, at a minimum, be included in the easement when an applicant or property owner negotiates a solar easement. Town of Tonawanda, NY, Code § 215-180(C)(9)... Read More
Town of Oro Valley Zoning Code § 27.1(A) Solar Protection Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Arizona
Municipal
The Town of Oro Valley’s zoning code includes solar protection provisions that forbid the construction of any structure that would shade an adjacent building when the sun is more than 45 degrees above the horizon unless the applicant obtains written permission from the owner of the potentially shaded property. See Town of Oro Valley, AZ, Zoning Code § 27.1(A)... Read More
Town of Malta Downtown Overlay District
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Overlay District, Transportation Efficient Development    
New York
Municipal
Malta’s Downtown Overlay District is intended to concentrate new development within easy reach of existing and future transportation, and to incorporate traditional neighborhood design principles to create a pedestrian-friendly mixed-use town center. The ordinance encourages new residential development within a five-minute or ¼-mile walk of the town center and aims to develop compact, defined urban neighborhoods and to facilitate convenient and safe movement throughout the community for all modes of transportation... Read More
Town of East Haddam Temporary Subdivision Moratorium
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Moratoria, Subdivision Approvals    
Connecticut
Municipal
This ordinance temporarily stops subdivision development so the town Zoning and Planning Commission can review and revise subdivision regulations to ensure that development and land-use patterns in the town are compatible with environmental protection goals- specifically the prevention of further fragmentation of forests and preservation of habitats... 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
Township of Casco Zoning Ordinance §§ 13.26-13.28; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Michigan
Municipal
Casco Township passed Ordinance #30-83 to add provisions addressing small, medium, and large solar energy systems in its zoning ordinance. The ordinance defines small solar energy systems as single residential or small business-scale solar energy conversion systems consisting of roof panels, ground-mounted solar arrays, or other solar energy fixtures, and associated control or conversion electronics, occupying no more than one-half acre of land and that produce utility power primarily to onsite users or customers. Medium solar energy systems ar.. Read More
Town of Brookhaven, Chapter 8: Bay and Harbor Bottoms
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Coastal Protection, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
This ordinance is designed to prevent conflicts of use and provide for the safe navigation of waters within the Town. It provides definitions of those assets and land affected by the ordinance and then sets forth the different permitted uses and forbidden acts in regards to the area. In particular, a permit policy is established and punishments prescribed for the breaking of the ordinance. .. 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
Municipal
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
County of Brown Agricultural Shoreland Management Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Agriculture    
Wisconsin
Municipal
This ordinance is unique because it applies specifically to agricultural use. Brown County’s Agricultural Shoreland Management ordinance is designed to “prevent soil erosion and minimize the movement of suspended solids into surface water.” It establishes a 300 foot zone on all perennial and intermittent streams and rivers wherein agricultural practices must meet NRCS guidelines. Additionally, 20-foot-vegetative buffers planted with approved seed mixtures must be established along all state waters... Read More
City of Ann Arbor Natural Feature Open Space Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
Michigan
Municipal
The goal of this ordinance, in conjunction with Ann Arbor’s Required Open Space Ordinance is to require wetland setbacks, which are not designated under the state wetlands law... Read More
Town of Bedford Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
Within its Zoning Chapter, the Town of Bedford includes solar panels in its Accessory buildings or structures section, § 125-27. Bedford lists solar energy collectors and studios as an accessory structure permitted in all districts, subject to a list of requirements including floor area minimums and maximums, height maximums, and ground floor area measurements. § 125-27, however, does not specify requirements for solar energy systems individually. Bedford created the Bedford Energy Task Force to help the Bedford 2020 Coalition accomplish .. Read More
Agricultural Residential Zone for Readington Township in Hunterdon County
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Clustering & Cluster Development    
New Jersey
Municipal
Readington Township passed this Agricultural Residential Zone Ordinance to preserve open space and farmland. This ordinance requires that within the designated Agricultural Residential (AR) zone, any lots over 40 acres must be developed as 1.5 acre open space clusters. Land tracts that are 30 acres or greater adjacent to deed restricted farmland or open space within the AR zone must also be developed as 1.5 open space clusters. .. Read More
Village of Croton-on-Hudson Gateway Overlay District Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Development Standards, Overlay District, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
Croton-on-Hudson has developed a scheme for the creation of physical gateway areas comprised of roads and surrounding areas where those first encountering the village will derive a sense of arrival and connection to the village, which will establish a favorable impression of the community. Restrictions will be placed on development within these areas to ensure and preserve a residential feel and provide a more defined entrance into the village for incoming motorists and pedestrians, which ultimately will bring a more favorable image to the comm.. Read More
City of Wilmington Mixed Use District Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Incentive Zoning, Mixed/Multiple Use    
North Carolina
Municipal
This ordinance provides for the granting of density bonuses for various environmental improvements, transportation enhancements, affordable housing, preservation of historic resources and improvement of pedestrian facilities. The more significant the community benefit, the greater the bonus awarded. .. Read More
City of Nampa Corridor Beautification Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Landscaping    
New York
Municipal
In response to an increasing number of businesses that directly abutted thoroughfares in Nampa without any landscaping to buffer their appearance, Nampa initiated the idea of a corridor beautification ordinance. The ordinance requires land between the front of properties and a road to be fully landscaped from a select list of trees and shrubs. It is the responsibility of the property owner to maintain the landscaping. One of the main goals of the ordinance is to present an appealing image to people traveling in the city, and to reduce heat, no.. Read More
State of New Jersey Riparian Buffer Conservation Zone Model Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Buffer Zones, Local Environmental Law, Water Resource Protection    
New Jersey
State
This model ordinance provides a template for New Jersey municipalities wishing to implement a riparian buffer conservation zone to protect water resources and control flooding. The riparian buffer conservation zones are divided into three categories based on the natural characteristics of the water course, and each offering varying levels of protection. An overlay to the existing zoning districts is created; the provisions apply to any activity requiring a building permit, zoning variance, special exception, conditional use, or subdivision/la.. 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
State of North Carolina Agricultural Land Protection Ordinance – Counties
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Open Space Preservation, Agriculture, State Land Use Law, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
North Carolina
State
Counties have all the same powers with regard to agricultural land protection as cities have (see above). Additionally, counties have further authority, not provided to cities, under the Farmland Preservation Enabling Act, located at Article 61 within Chapter 106. Under § 106-736, counties may establish by ordinance a farmland preservation program. Such a program must provide for the establishment of voluntary agricultural districts consisting of a minimum number of acres (to be determined by the board of commissioners) and the formation of suc.. Read More
Philadelphia Bill No. 120532 Complete Streets
Date Added: Monday, June 25, 2018
Healthy Communities, Complete Streets    
Pennsylvania
Municipal
This Ordinance amended Title 12 of The Philadelphia Code, the “Traffic Code,” providing for the manner in which bicyclists may operate bicycles in the streets, and by prohibiting motor vehicles from obstructing or creating hazards in bicycle lanes. This Ordinance also amends Title 11 of the Philadelphia Code, the “streets” section, providing for the establishment and implementation of a Complete Streets Policy. .. Read More
State of Illinois State Zoning Enabling Act – Municipal Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
State Land Use Law, Zoning    
Illinois
State
Corporate municipal authorities may regulate by ordinance to provide for comprehensive regulation of beneficial uses, protection from harms, and mitigation of activities associated with the use of land within their jurisdiction. Examples include height and bulk restrictions on buildings; set back lines along streets, trafficways, drives, parkways, or storm or floodwater runoff channels or basins; and limitations on the intensity of the use of lot areas, including the area of open space, within and surrounding such buildings. Municipal zoning a.. Read More
California Land Conservation Act
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Agriculture, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
California
State
The California Land Conservation Act provides the authority for cities and counties to establish agricultural preserves to protect agricultural land uses. The Act permits cities and counties to enter into renewable contracts with landowners to designate land uses for a given parcel... Read More
Township of Jackson Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Ohio
Municipal
Within its Zoning Resolution, Jackson Township in Ohio has included a chapter on solar energy systems. According to the chapter, an accessory solar energy system is permitted as an accessory use in any district, subject to a number of regulations outlined in sections throughout the rest of the chapter. Some of those regulations include specific requirements for roof/structure mounted and ground/pole mounted systems as well as solar energy production facilities. For example, a solar energy production facility must be located on at least five ac.. Read More
City of Tulsa Watershed Development Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Watershed Planning    
Oklahoma
Municipal
Tulsa has the highest CRS rating in the country and is currently at 2. Although this high rating is only partially attributed to its ordinances, its ordinances reflect very high standards. The ordinances are based on watershed development and include stormwater consideration. “The area of special flood hazard, policies and standards” provision endorses the concept of No Adverse Impact, specifically denying any development that would increase flows, flood heights, velocities that might affect other property and, in addition providing for compens.. Read More
State of North Carolina Wetlands Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
State Land Use Law, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
North Carolina
State
Cities and counties have a fairly limited role in wetlands protection. The provisions for North Carolina’s Wetlands Restoration Program are found at §§ 143-214.8 to 214.13 within Article 21 of Chapter 143. It is a statewide, non-regulatory program established within and operated by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the purposes of restoring wetlands and replacing critical wetlands functions. § 143-214.8, § 143-214.9. As part of the program, DENR manages a Wetlands Restoration Fund, through which local.. Read More
Village of Patchogue Historical Preservation and Architectural Review Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Historic Preservation, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
It is the purpose of Chapter 93, § 70 of the Municipal Code for the Village of Patchogue to establish procedures and design criteria necessary to avoid buildings within the Village that lack uniformity or are inappropriately designed and located. The goal is to preserve and enhance the character, historical interest, beauty, and general welfare of the Village and to ensure that the location and design of buildings, signs, other structures, and open spaces in the Village aid in creating a balanced and harmonious composition of the whole as well .. Read More
Town of Gardiner Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Flood Prevention, Floodplain Regulations, Disaster Mitigation    
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
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
Village of Briarcliff Manor Conservation Advisory Council
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Local Boards, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
This law, passed by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Briarcliff Manor, creates an advisory council which is to be known as the “Briarcliff Manor Conservation Advisory Council”. The law outlines the membership qualifications for persons on the council, describes the procedures for appointing officers, setting meeting times and creating reports, and vests the council with its powers. .. 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 Albuquerque Land Use Facilitation Program
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pre-Application & Consensus Building    
New Mexico
Municipal
Created in 1994 to encourage communication between the applicants proposing land use projects and residents that would be impacted by proposed projects, Albuquerque’s Land Use Facilitation Program provides an opportunity for residents and applicants to exchange information, ask questions, and discuss concerns about proposed projects... Read More
City of Lacey Village Center Zone
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Transportation Efficient Development    
Washington
Municipal
Lacey’s “Village Center Zone” is a suburban model that, while perhaps reducing car dependence, does not link with much transit. The ordinance aims to alleviate use-segregated development, reduce sprawl that results in car dependence, and to promote the development of places with a pedestrian emphasis, connectivity, mixed-uses, and centralized public spaces. Bicycle paths and pedestrian connections are encouraged where possible and the use of cul-de-sacs and other roadways with a single point of access are minimized. While parking is limited .. 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
Agricultural District
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Healthy Communities, Urban Farming & Community Gardens    
New York
Municipal
The town of Ulysses, New York created policy to protect an area of historical and functional use as an agriculture district. The stated purpose of this zone is “to protect the agricultural production resources. . . viable agricultural operations and the agricultural heritage of the town.” This zoning district – called A1 – has been designated as an area whose primary land use is agriculture; the town created limitations on what structures can be erected and what purpose the land can be used for within the district. They also state that any prac.. Read More
City of Hannibal Tree Preservation Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Tree Preservation & Protection    
Missouri
Municipal
The Tree Preservation Ordinance prohibits people from damaging trees or removing natural features from Central Park. .. Read More
City of Tucson Pre-Application Procedures Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pre-Application & Consensus Building    
Arizona
Municipal
The land use code subjects applications to a neighborhood meeting. Furthermore, a pre-application conference is required for all applications submitted by parties other than the City. § 5.4.1.2... Read More
City of Iola Solar Access Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Solar Energy    
Kansas
Municipal
This ordinance dictates subdivision lot alignment in order to facilitate the use of solar energy systems, and establishes a program for solar skyspace easements to protect access to solar energy. It uses land-use regulations, not for a specific land-preservation goal, but for energy conservation purposes... Read More
City of New Rochelle, New York Code § 331-25 - Solar energy collectors
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
New Rochelle, New York allows certain small-scale, roof-mounted systems as accessory uses under the City’s general accessory use definition. Solar energy collectors on one- or two- family dwellings, as well as those that cover less than 1,000 square feet of the roof area of other buildings, require only a building permit... Read More
Town of Chili Agricultural Conservation District Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Accessory Uses , Open Space Preservation, Agriculture, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
New York
Municipal
This law was created by the Town Board of Chili, NY, in an effort to protect agricultural lands within the town by creating the Agricultural Conservation District. The law describes: the accessory and conditional uses that are allowed, the dimension requirements for the district, incentive zoning requirements and other miscellaneous requirements needed to set up the district. .. Read More
City of Hollywood Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Affordable Housing , Local Boards, Local Governance    
Florida
Municipal
This Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Ordinance authorizes the creation of the Hollywood Affordable Housing Advisory Committee for the purpose of recommending initiatives to encourage and facilitate affordable housing options. This section establishes guidelines for the composition of the committee and minimum recommendations such as: density levels, reduction of parking and setback requirements, expedited processing permits, modification of impact fees, reservation of infrastructure capacity, allowance of zero-lot-line configurations, and.. Read More
Town of Hailey Outdoor Lighting Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Lighting    
New York
Municipal
In June of 2002, the town of Hailey adopted a local ordinance requiring the reduction of nighttime lighting, to “protect and reclaim the ability to view the night sky.” The law regulates light pollution by requiring outdoor lighting to shine downward only, and by regulating the illuminance or brightness level. Energy conservation and the ability to view the night sky are the primary environmental benefits. All residents and businesses must comply with the regulation within 1-3 years of its adoption. There has been little controversy, if any.. Read More
Village of Croton-on-Hudson Visual Environment Advisory Board
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Development Standards, Local Boards, Quality of Life, Scenic Resources, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The Croton Visual Environment Advisory Board was developed to safeguard the beneficial effects of such existing natural and man-made features and structures and to prevent the harmful effects of potential unattractive or inappropriate projects and thus to promote and protect the economy, quality of life, and general welfare of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson. Chapter 60 of the Municipal Code creates an Advisory Board on the Visual Environment consisting of five members appointed by the Mayor. The Board shall serve in an advisory capacity to the.. Read More
Town of Yorktown Clustering and Flexibility Standards Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Clustering & Cluster Development    
New York
Municipal
The purpose of this article is to encourage flexibility of design and development of land in such a manner as to promote the most appropriate use of land, to facilitate the adequate and economic provision of streets and utilities and to preserve the natural and scenic qualities of open land. .. Read More
State of North Carolina Design Control Ordinances
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Design Control, Local Boards, State Land Use Law    
North Carolina
State
Part 7 of Article 19 in Chapter 160A details the authority to cities and counties to create community appearance commissions. Section 160A-451 permits a city or county to create an official appearance commission. This commission is required to study the “visual problems” within the local government’s jurisdiction and make plans to carry out programs that will “enhance and improve” the city or county’s “visual quality and aesthetic characteristics.” § 160A-452. In addition to other its powers and duties, the commission may advise the planning ag.. 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
State of Massachusetts Conservation Commissions Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Floodplain Regulations, Local Boards, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
Massachusetts
State
This statute grants conservation commissions regulatory authority over the use of flood plains. The statute authorizes a city or town to establish a conservation commission for the promotion and development of the natural resources and for the protection of watershed resources of the city or town. Such commission may adopt rules and regulations governing the use of land and waters under its control to achieve its purpose. Its authorities include the study of land and water and subsequent creation of plans and maps consistent with the town ma.. Read More
Town of Warren Wind Energy Facilities Law
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Wind Energy    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Warren adopted a “Wind Energy Facilities” law in 2005. The law establishes procedural requirements as well as requirements for sound and setbacks. Additionally, the legislation requires applicants to fund an interest bearing account, the funds of which will be used to decommission the facility. Wind facilities must be de-commissioned after 25 years... Read More
State of North Carolina Scenic Resource Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Scenic Resources, State Land Use Law, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
North Carolina
State
At § 160A-402, the North Carolina General Assembly declares that “the rapid growth and spread of urban development in the state” is threatening many open spaces and areas that have significant “scenic or esthetic values,” and that cities and counties should have the authority to spend public funds to acquire property interests in such open spaces and areas to protect them. Open spaces and open areas are defined at § 160A-407(a) as “any space or area (i) characterized by great natural scenic beauty or (ii) whose existing openness, natural condit.. Read More
Fence Regulations to Help Decrease Crime
Date Added: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Healthy Communities, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design    
Ohio
Municipal
Cleveland’s zoning code requires that fences in side street yards not exceed 4 feet in height, and also requires that they be at least 50% open. These limitations create better line of sight to main causeways and help to reduce crime due to more eyes being on the street... Read More
Village of Croton-on-Hudson Conservation Advisory Council Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Local Boards, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The Village of Croton-on-Hudson is creating a Conservation Advisory Council in the fight to preserve and improve the quality of the natural and manmade environment of the Village in the face of population growth, urbanization, and technological change. The Conservation Advisory Council will serve to reinforce the environmental interests of the community by developing community programs to foster understanding of environmental issues, conducting studies to carry out their protective purposes, coordinating efforts of private groups, maintaining c.. Read More
City of Henderson Use Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Nevada
Municipal
In Henderson, Nevada solar collection systems are permitted as an accessory use in all use districts. Within its Use Regulations chapter, Henderson lists specific setback, location, and height regulations for these solar collection systems. For example, “in all zoning districts, free-standing solar collection systems shall be located a minimum of six feet from all property lines and other structures.” Henderson further lists requirements for solar collection systems’ appearances such as integrating the system into the design and architectural c.. Read More
City of Springfield Aquifer Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Aquifer Protection    
Missouri
Municipal
The provisions of this article are designed to regulate the drilling of wells so that the city may prevent potential hazards to the water quality, and to provide procedures whereby the city may take steps to protect the public health and welfare, including notification for abatement of hazardous situations, prescribing penalties for violation of this article, and prescribing procedures by which the provisions of this article may be executed. .. Read More
Village of Bronxville Controlled Development District Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Site Plan Approval, Subdivision Regulations, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
In order to facilitate planned and controlled development in accordance with the Village Comprehensive Plan, the Village of Bronxville establishes Controlled Development Districts too allow for possible development on a scale and with a flexibility that could not otherwise be achieved in the Village’s present zoning districts. The newly established districts recognize that some developments require specialized consideration and treatment by providing for the establishment of separate and distinct substantive standards for planned and controlled.. Read More
County of Placer Open Space Preservation of Natural Resources Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, September 19, 2016
Land Acquisition    
California
Municipal
Placer Legacy is a county program that seeks to protect Placer County’s diverse open space and agricultural resources. This program was started as a way to implement the Open Space Element of the Placer County General Plan. In partnership with a diverse group of stakeholders, the county is implementing a comprehensive, science-based open space plan that preserves the diversity of plant and animal communities in the county as well as protects land for agricultural and recreational purposes. .. Read More
County of Kane Stormwater Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
Illinois
Municipal
Kane County implements a number of interesting floodplain regulations including regulating depressional storage, which is often beyond the regulatory floodplain. Furthermore, the County requires compensatory storage for activities within the floodplain and the BFE requirements are for 2 and 3 feet in most areas. The ordinance can be found at: www.co.kane.il.us/.. Read More
City of Clive Architectural Development Standards
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Development Standards    
Iowa
Municipal
The city of Clive, Iowa, enacted an Architectural Design Ordinance. The ordinance requires that site plan approval be submitted and reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Counsel in accordance with the architectural standards set forth in the ordinance. The purpose of the ordinance is: to decrease the visual and audible impact of service areas, loading areas, or similar operations on adjoining properties and general public; reduce negative aesthetic impacts of large buildings; and create a compatible look for buildings by.. Read More
City of Grand Fork Solar Access Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
North Dakota
Municipal
In its Code of Ordinances, Grand Forks, North Dakota has integrated a small section on Solar Access, Section 18-0307. The section states, “When a solar energy collection system is installed on a lot, accessory structures or vegetation on any abutting lot shall not be located so as to block the solar collector’s access to solar energy.” Section 18-0307 goes on to outline the portion of a solar collector that is protected by the ordinance and state that the requirements of the Solar Access section do not apply to “structures or vegetation existin.. Read More
Town of Yorktown Landmark Preservation Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Historic Preservation, Quality of Life    
New York
Municipal
This enactment declares as a matter of public policy that the protection, enhancement and perpetuation of landmarks and historic districts are necessary to promote the economic, cultural, educational, and general welfare of the public. In response to this policy, the legislature created the Landmark Preservation Commission in Chapter 198 of the Town Code... Read More
Village of Briarcliff Manor Protection of Natural Resources Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, April 17, 2017
Steep Slope Protection, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
§ 220-15 of the Municipal Code for The Village of Briarcliff Manor promulgates policy designed to protect the Village’s natural resources which include but are not limited to steep slopes, wetlands, forests, water bodies, exceptional or unique views and various unique, unusual or specific surface or subsurface factors pertaining to the soil. Special limitations are provided to protect the largest slopes as these shall not be developed or in any way physically modified, except when necessary for access, land or natural resources, preservation or.. 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
Town of Brighton Subdivision Regulations Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Management, Subdivision Regulations, Watershed Protection    
New York
Municipal
The town of Brighton, New York, requires developers to create and submit a separate drainage report in the preliminary plat when applying for subdivision approval. The drainage report includes calculations for runoff and pipe and channel sizing, will clearly indicate the disposal and flood hazard preventions and how all runoff will be handled during grading and development operations, and erosion and sedimentation prevention measures. Further, the stormwater mitigation facilities shall be as specified in the Town of Brighton Minimum Specificati.. Read More
Town of Brookhaven Agricultural Advisory Board Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Local Boards, Agriculture, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
New York
Municipal
Brookhaven’s Agricultural Advisory Board ordinance allows for the creation of an 11-member advisory board. The board, comprised of local residents from the agricultural community and community-based organizations interested in land preservation and agriculture, makes recommendations to the town board about the implementation of an Agricultural Use Agreement Program and the use of agricultural easements as land use planning and preservation tools. .. Read More
County of Athens-Clarke Conservation Subdivision Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Conservation Districts & Subdivisions    
Georgia
Municipal
This conservation subdivision ordinance establishes requirements for subdivision within the AR zone. These requirements include the retention of open space and the meeting of design standards. .. Read More
Town of Pawling Timber Harvesting Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Timber Harvesting    
New York
Municipal
This law seeks to protect natural resources from the adverse effects of timber harvesting such as erosion, sedimentation and drainage problems by requiring a permit for any tree clearing and timber harvesting activities. The law sets forth detailed requirements for permit application and review process where applicants must demonstrate compliance with performance standards... Read More
City of Rogers Land Alteration Regulations
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Arkansas
Municipal
This ordinance attempts to minimize the ecological disturbances resulting from development of land. In particular, this ordinance sets up guidelines and requirements for the use of such erosion/sedimentation control structures as stormwater screenings and silt fences. The ordinance requires that developers obtain a grading permit before beginning work on a site, and that they draw up grading and drainage plans certified by engineers, detailing how erosion will be controlled and how trees will be protected... Read More
County of Rockland Proposed Resolution for Certification of Municipal Planning & Zoning Board Members
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Local Boards, Mandatory Training, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
This is a sample resolution provided by the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation for municipalities within the county to adopt. The resolution requires land use training of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeal... Read More
County of Kitsap Hearing Examiner - Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
Washington
Municipal
The County Commissioners gave the hearing examiner the authority to include pre- and post-hearing mediations. Hearing examiners conduct quasi-judicial proceedings to resolve land-use disputes. .. Read More
County of Collier Coastal Zone Management Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Coastal Protection, Environmental Impact Review Requirements, Sea Level Rise Adaptation    
Florida
Municipal
In order to protect, conserve, and appropriately use its coastal areas, the Collier County Coastal Zone Management ordinance requires planning consistence, site development prioritization, and impact planning that considers potential impacts of sea level rise. The law requires that all new and existing development in the coastal zone furthers the goals, objectives and policies of the Growth Management Plan’s Conservation and Coastal Management Element, preserving native vegetation and limiting development densities for sites within undeveloped.. Read More
Town of Hyde Park Water Resources Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Water Conservation, Watershed Protection, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Hyde Park’s public policy is to preserve, protect, and conserve its water resources while simultaneously balancing the rights of individual property owners’ with the rights of the community. Unless otherwise exempted, the Hyde Park requires a permit for activities including, but not limited to, draining, dredging, septic tank installation, vegetation removal, or any activity that may pollute the Town’s water resources. The Planning Board takes a number of factors into consideration when approving, approving with conditions, or.. Read More
State of New Hampshire State Land Use Enabling Act
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Land Use Planning, Local Governance, State Land Use Law    
New Hampshire
State
New Hampshire does not require local governments to adopt zoning, but if a local government chooses to zone it is required first to adopt a master plan. The master plan must include a vision section and a land use element. It may also include transportation, community facilities, economic development, natural resources, natural hazards, and recreation elements. The state’s grant of power to local governments extends the purposes of the Standard State Zoning Enabling Act to expressly include the use of innovative planning techniques and the use.. Read More
Town of Lewisboro Wetlands & Watercourses Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Buffer Zones, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
The legislature’s intent in creating Chapter 217 of the Town Code is to assure that activities conducted in and around wetlands, watercourses and associated buffer areas be done so in conformance with the provisions of this chapter and in a manner which promotes the preservation of wetlands, watercourses and associated buffer areas as specified in the findings of fact seen at the beginning of the Chapter. .. Read More
Town of Cortlandt Aquifer Protection District
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Aquifer Protection, Recreational Uses, Subdivision Approvals    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 307 regulates the use of open space in Cortlandt. Among other things, the Town requires developers to set aside recreational land within a subdivision and leaves financial findings to the Town Board. .. Read More
City of Austin Land Development Ordinance - Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
Texas
Municipal
Interested parties, as defined in the statute, are provided with a process to meet, discuss, and attempt to resolve issues raised by an appeal of an administrative decision in a “meeting to resolve issues.”.. Read More
State of Massachusetts Affordable Housing Zoning – by Special Use Permit Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Affordable Housing , Zoning    
Massachusetts
State
This statute authorizes the issuance of special permits authorizing increases in the permissible density of populations, provided that the applicant provide housing for persons of “low or moderate income. This statute authorizes zoning ordinances or by-laws to provide for special permits for uses that are in harmony with the general purpose and intent of the ordinance or bylaw. Such permits may also impose conditions, safeguards and limitations on time or use. .. Read More
Village of Briarcliff Elder Community District Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Affordable Housing , Senior Housing, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Eldercare Community District aims at the establishment of a for-profit residential development for the elderly, designed to achieve compatibility with their surroundings and to encourage orderly and well-planned development. The eldercare communities, while not requiring many schools or municipal services or facilities, are capable of bolstering the economy and will encourage more tranquil communities since vehicular movement is minimal. Lots shall be zoned to meet the interests of the elderly and such communities will need certain protecti.. Read More
Town of Blooming Grove Golf & Country Club Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Accessory Uses , Environmental Compliance, Pesticide Management, Transportation & Land Use Planning, Zoning, Drinking Water Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
In 235-25 of the Town Code for the Town of Blooming Grove, the town creates the Golf and Country Club ordinance which sets forth supplementary requirements pertaining to bulk controls, site requirements, parking requirements, buffers, existing buildings, nuisance, clearance of woodlands, turf management and water quality assurances. The ordinance also requires approval by the Town Board for special events and permitted accessory uses... Read More
Town of Ithaca Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning; Subdivision Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Subdivision Regulations, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Ithaca has enacted a section on Solar Access within its chapter on the subdivision of land. The section is a short one, but vests power to the Planning Board to require a subdivision to be platted “so as to preserve or enhance solar access for either passive or active systems.” The Planning Board may also mandate site plan modifications if it determines that the solar orientation of the development needs improvement. The Town of Ithaca has also included a section solely on solar collectors and installation within its Zoning Chap.. Read More
Oklahoma City Cluster Housing Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Clustering & Cluster Development    
Oklahoma
Municipal
This ordinance is a subsection zoning ordinance regulating Planned Unit Development. Cluster zoning allows for a higher density of housing units to be developed in a given area to protect more contiguous open space in another section of the development. The overall density of housing units cannot exceed the limits for the zoning class the development sits in. .. Read More
Promoting Farmers Markets
Date Added: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Healthy Communities, Farmers Markets    
New York
Municipal
Kinderhook specifically permits farmer’s markets (farm markets) in two thirds of its zoning districts, promoting both farm operations and tourism. They define farm markets as permanent structures that primarily sell agricultural products and related goods to the general public. Additionally, the farm markets can either sell pre-harvested goods, or allow customers to pick their own products. The town also permits seasonal farm stands in four of its zoning districts with fewer requirements... Read More
Township of Readington Open Space Trust Fund
Date Added: Monday, October 17, 2016
Land Acquisition, Open Space Preservation    
New Jersey
Municipal
This ordinance authorizes the creation of an open space fund into which the dedication of $.02 per $100 of assessed valuation of annual taxes. The funds are to be used for the acquisition of open space. The fund also permits the acceptance of donations and testamentary bequests to this fund. .. Read More
City of Shawnee Residential Curbside Recycling Program
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Recycling    
Kansas
Municipal
Shawnee's recycling ordinance defines its program to reduce the need for landfill space in the area by making recycling as convenient as possible. It establishes specific rules for the operation and funding of the municipal recycling program... Read More
Town of Ellington Earth Excavation Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Site Design Standards    
Connecticut
Municipal
The Town of Ellington, Connecticut’s Earth Excavation Code sets out the criteria for excavation activities including erosion control, wind erosion control, dust control, working slopes, minimum setbacks, topsoil preservations, buffering, and landscaping. The Earth Excavation Code also limits sound pressure levels, truck access, and hours of operation when working at an excavation site adjacent to a residentially zoned district... Read More
City of Arnold Floodplain Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Floodplain Regulations    
Missouri
Municipal
Arnold has very specific and stringent regulations for all construction in the Meramec and Mississippi River floodplains below 420 feet above sea level which range from permit requirements to enforcement provisions. In addition, the lowest floor of all floodplain construction must be elevated to at least three feet above the base flood elevation and in the floodways encroachments shall not result in any increase in flood levels during occurrence of the base flood discharge. Although not part of the ordinances, Arnold has a very aggressive buyou.. Read More
State of New York General Municipal Law Tree Conservation Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Landscaping, Right-to-Farm, Tree Preservation & Protection    
New York
State
This law empowers local legislative bodies of any county, city, town or village in New York State to provide for the protection and conservation of tress and related vegetation. This power is granted on top of any other land use and zoning powers these municipalities may have. .. Read More
City of Cleveland Heights Zoning Supplementary Accessory Use Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Ohio
Municipal
Within its zoning supplementary accessory use regulations, Cleveland Heights, Ohio integrated two sub-sections on solar panels and building-mounted systems. Under its solar panels sub-section, Cleveland Heights lists certain regulations including the requirement that solar panels be placed so that concentrated solar radiation or glare is not directed onto nearby properties or roadways and that all power transmission lines from a ground-mounted solar energy system be located underground. Under its building-mounted systems sub-section, the city .. Read More
City of Ann Arbor Required Open Space Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Open Space Preservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
Michigan
Municipal
The goal of this ordinance, in conjunction with Ann Arbor’s Natural Feature Open Space Ordinance, is to require wetland setbacks, which are not permitted under the state wetlands law... Read More
City of El Paso Sustainable Development Design Standards & Green Building Grant Program Guidelines
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
Texas
Municipal
Under the El Paso, Texas sustainable development design standards, the City mandates that all city buildings meet green development standards and provides significant monetary incentives for private developers to do the same. El Paso has over 600,000 residents, and the climate is arid and warm with limited precipitation. The City recently started a sustainability campaign culminating in the “Green Summit 2009,” which presented the sustainable development design standards. El Paso mandates that all new city owned buildings over 5,000 sq. feet.. Read More
City of Grand Rapids Mixed-Use Commercial Zone Districts
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Mixed/Multiple Use, Pedestrian Oriented Design (POD), Transit Oriented Development (TOD)    
Michigan
Municipal
The city code of Grand Rapids, Michigan provides for several different types of mixed-use districts under the overarching category known as mixed-use commercial zone districts. Grand Rapids is located on the Grand River, about 30 miles east of Lake Michigan, and the city has a population of approximately 193,627 people. In 2007, the city adopted a master planning process called “Green Grand Rapids,” and created a new zoning ordinance that incorporated tenets of Transit Oriented Development, LEED criteria and Smart Growth principles. Unde.. Read More
State of North Carolina Overlay Zoning Ordinances – Cities
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Overlay District, State Land Use Law, Zoning    
North Carolina
State
North Carolina affirmatively grants cities the authority to employ overlay zoning at § 160A-382, the general statute that authorizes the creation of districts for zoning. Two specific types of overlay districts are explicitly authorized in other provisions. Section 160A-383.1 allows cities to create manufactured home overlay districts within defined areas of residential districts, and § 160A-400.4 allows their use for the designation of historic districts. Cities may not include in an overlay district land owned by the State of North Carolina w.. Read More
City of Overland Park Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
Kansas
Municipal
This Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance is designed to provide minimum requirements for the control of erosion and sediment resulting from development. It applies to all land disturbances that require a permit. The principles behind the ordinance include minimizing soil exposure, retaining sediments onsite, and using performance measures and outcomes. Requirements include: a time requirement that limits soil exposure to no more than 21 consecutive days if there is site inactivity; Erosion and Sediment Control Plan written by a Kansas State .. Read More
City of McCall Shoreline & River Environs Overlay District Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Overlay District    
Idaho
Municipal
The shoreline and river environs overlay district is designed to protect the water quality of Payette Lake and the North Fork of the Payette River, as well as the aesthetic views. McCall is known for its natural scenic beauty, which generates tourism and recreation in the area. One reason for the ordinance was to protect this economic resource by protecting viewsheds and fish and wildlife habitat. The most significant part of the ordinance establishes a 50-ft development setback from the lake and river, which helps protect the water resource.. Read More
State of North Carolina Regulation of Mountain Ridge Construction by Counties & Cities Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Ridgeline Protection, State Land Use Law    
North Carolina
State
Summary inserted Under the Mountain Ridge Protection Act, found within Chapter 113 at Article 14, cities and counties may regulate or ban the construction of buildings and other structures taller than 40 feet on “protected mountain ridges.”§ 113A-208. Section 113A-206 defines “protected mountain ridges” as those at least 3,000 feet above sea level and 500 feet above the adjacent valley floor, and a “ridge” as that portion of a mountain within 100 feet of its crest. Under § 113A-208(d), local governments may also protect lower mountain ridges, a.. Read More
Town of Babylon Green Building Certification Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Babylon is located on Long Island, New York, with a population of approximately 211,792 people. The Town has a population density of 4,050 people per square mile, and a per capita income of $22,844. Babylon has a total area of 114.2 square miles, and about 54% of the Town’s total area is water. Babylon is home to beaches and several state parks. The Town of Babylon was the first town on Long Island to adopt Energy Star standards for new homes, but the Town of Babylon did not stop there. Under its Green Building Certification l.. Read More
City of New York Floor Area Bonus for Subway Station Improvements
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Incentive Zoning, Site Design Standards, Transportation & Land Use Planning    
New York
Municipal
The City of New York created incentive zoning in 1961 to acquire available open space in densely packed commercial or business districts. Article VII, Chapter 4 in the New York City Zoning Resolution grants floor area bonus by special permit for improving subway station... Read More
New York State General City Law: § 21 Public or Municipal Purpose & General Welfare Defined
Date Added: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
New York
State
This law sets forth the definitions for “public or municipal purpose” and “general welfare.” .. Read More
Town of Brookhaven Farmland Bill of Rights
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Farmland Protection & Preservation    
New York
Municipal
Under the Town of Brookhaven’s Farmland Bill of Rights, Town bodies or officials that have land use or development responsibilities must notify applicants of proposed development projects of the existence of a protected farming operation within 1,000 feet of the development’s boundaries. The ordinance establishes that the benefits of bona fide agricultural production, both to the residents of the community as well as to the local government, outweigh the nuisances associated with farming operations. The ordinance defines the agricultural produc.. Read More
Town of Hilton Head Fees and Permit Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Affordable Housing    
South Carolina
Municipal
According to the Fees and Permits Ordinance, construction permit fees are reduced by fifty percent for any project that has qualified for affordable housing financial assistance from any government or non-profit entity. Proof of funding must be provided in the form of legal documentation. Rental residential construction fees are reduced by the percentage of affordable housing units provided. .. Read More
Village of Briarcliff Manor Tree Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, April 17, 2017
Environmental Compliance, Landscaping, Tree Preservation & Protection, Timber Harvesting    
New York
Municipal
The Code of Briarcliff Manor Tree Ordinance sets out a well-defined tree-based protection plan consistent with the unique character of the Village which derives great benefit from the maintenance of the tree population. Tree removal is regulated based on the needs and desires of the community in both the public and private sector and local planning boards are developed as approving authorities in order to ensure compliance with the overall plan. .. Read More
City of Ashland Solar Access Ordinance; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Oregon
Municipal
In its Zoning Code, the City of Ashland has dedicated a lengthy chapter on Solar Access. The purpose of the Solar Access chapter is “to provide protection of a reasonable amount of sunlight from shade from structures and vegetation whenever feasible to all parcels in the City to preserve the economic value of solar radiation falling on structures, investments in solar energy systems, and the options for future uses of solar energy.” The rest of the chapter provides requirements for where solar energy systems may be placed including lot classifi.. 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
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
Town of Farmington, C.T., Code § 111-26 Historic District-Solar Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Connecticut
Municipal
The Town of Farmington, Connecticut’s historic district regulations state that its Historic District and Properties Commission will not deny a certificate of appropriateness for an exterior architectural feature, such as a solar energy system designed for the utilization of renewable resources, unless the Commission finds that the feature cannot be installed without substantially impairing the historic character and appearance of the district. The certificate of appropriateness for a solar energy system may require design modifications and loca.. Read More
New York State General City Law: Article 2-A. Powers of Cities; § 19 General Grant of Powers
Date Added: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
New York
State
According to this New York State law, every city is granted the power to regulate, manage and control its property and local affairs... Read More
City of Boulder Green Building and Green Points Program
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
Colorado
Municipal
The City of Boulder, Colorado, just 25 miles northwest of Denver, lies within Boulder Valley east of Rocky Mountain National Park. Boulder is known for its outdoor activities, including cycling and running, and has earned a reputation as “green” city due to the City’s walkability, transit oriented development, green building techniques, and overall aesthetically pleasing design. The Green Points Program (“Green Points”), created in 1996, was the first mandated municipal residential dwelling building code in the country. Boulder’s green building.. Read More
State of North Carolina Erosion & Sedimentation Control Ordinances
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, State Land Use Law    
North Carolina
State
Under the Conservation and Historic Preservation Agreements Act, found at Article 4 within Chapter 121, local governments have the authority to acquire conservation easements and other interests in property for the purpose of preventing activities that are detrimental to erosion control or soil conservation. § 121-35(1)(vii), § 121-37. (See Conservation Easements, above.) North Carolina gives primary responsibility for erosion and sedimentation control to the Department of Environment and Natural Resource’s Sedimentation Control Commission, pur.. Read More
City of White Plains Environmentally Sensitive Sites & Features Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
To protect environmentally sensitive features, including watercourses, wetlands, and flora and fauna habitat, this ordinance regulates any area in the proximity of these environmentally sensitive ordinances. Requirements are based on proximity to environmentally sensitive areas. .. 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
City of Bainbridge Island Environmentally Sensitive Areas Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Washington
Municipal
This law focuses on the importance of having native vegetation zones in critical areas. It creates regulations for the preservation of these vegetation zones on Bainbridge Island, Washington... Read More
Village of Schaumberg Code § 154.62(C) Solar Access Protection; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Illinois
Municipal
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
Town of Grand Island, New York Code § 407-165.1(D)- Solar collectors and installations for minor systems
Date Added: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Grand Island, New York allows roof-mounted systems if the distance between the roof and the highest edge of the system is in accordance with the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, and the building-mounted solar collector shall not obstruct solar access to adjacent properties. Ground-mounted solar energy systems shall not exceed the height restrictions of the zones they are located in when oriented at maximum tilt. .. Read More
Town of Brookhaven Historic Preservation District
Date Added: Friday, April 28, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Historic District Preservation, Local Boards    
New York
Municipal
This law empowers the Town Planning Board to create a Historic Preservation District in the Town of Brookhaven. The law also includes provisions for: creating the Historic District Advisory Committee, the possible exclusion of religious institutions from the district, the maintenance and taxation requirements for structures within the district, and the penalties for disobeying the requirements of the law for persons owning buildings within the district. .. Read More
Town of Granby Agricultural Commission Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Agriculture    
Connecticut
Municipal
The Town of Granby established an agricultural commission to support, promote, and encourage agriculture and agricultural pursuits. The commission’s responsibilities include looking for opportunities for young farmers and new farmers, supporting them and vocational agricultural education programs, and assisting in the resolution of any conflicts between agricultural interests and town governments... Read More
Town of Babylon Structures Over Water Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Coastal Protection, Site Plan Approval, Zoning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 213, Article XXXII, allows building permits to be given for structures erected over water (which are usually banned under the zoning laws) if two criteria are met. Those criteria are: that the town board must find that (1) No discharges of pollutants or other activities of any kind deleterious to surrounding wetland and surface water shall be permitted to occur on the site, and (2) there shall be provision made for the safe collection and disposal of waste. .. Read More
County of Mecklenburg Green Permit Fee Rebate
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
North Carolina
Municipal
Mecklenburg County, which is located in the southwestern portion of North Carolina, contains seven municipalities and includes the state capital, Charlotte. The County has an area of 546 square miles and approximately 953,304 residents, making it the most populous county in North Carolina. As a 50% population increase is projected in the next 25 years, the County is prioritizing the protection of its natural resources. Part of this plan is the County’s Green Permit Fee Rebate Ordinance, which provides reductions or partial rebates of build.. Read More
City of Austin Transit Oriented Development Regulations
Date Added: Monday, November 7, 2016
Land Use Planning, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Parking    
Texas
Municipal
This ordinance provides the guidelines for transit-oriented development in Austin. Requirements for station area plans are given, and ways in which they may be amended are explained. Recommended parking densities are laid-out. Density requirements for different zones within a station area district are detailed... Read More
City of Palm Bay Community Development Division: Housing Assistance Program
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Affordable Housing    
Florida
Municipal
The Community Development Division: Housing Assistance Program ordinance created the Local Housing Assistance Program to hold and distribute state money with all funds being distributed to moderate, low, and very low-income housing. The Program distributes loans with “affordable” monthly payments, as defined by FL Statute 420.9071(3)... Read More
Town of New Windsor Stormwater Management & Stormwater Pollution Prevention
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Local Environmental Law, Stormwater Management, Watershed Protection    
New York
Municipal
This law adopts minimally acceptable stormwater management standards which must be met for subdivisions, site plans, and construction projects which impact more than one acre of property within the bounds of the Town. .. Read More
Town of Westport Protection of Water from Tree Spraying Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Aquifer Protection    
Connecticut
Municipal
This ordinance protects the ponds and the lakes within the town from biochemical pollutants used in tree spraying, through the inspection of vehicles and equipment, as well as through the regulation of water use. The ordinance works establishing a permitting procedure through which certain types of equipment can be used. In addition, there are specified hours of operation as well as designated areas for collection of the water... 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
City of Lenexa Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Kansas
Municipal
Within Lenexa’s Zoning District Regulations, solar energy systems are permitted as an accessory use. According to the regulations, solar energy systems are to be designed to be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood and comply with a number of standards. Those standards include maintenance and access; location; and compliance with the Building Code requirements. The Regulations also outline specific requirements for roof-mounted equipment. .. Read More
City of Arnold Floodplain Management Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Floodplain Regulations    
Missouri
Municipal
Arnold has very specific and stringent regulations for all construction in the Meramec and Mississippi River floodplains below 420 feet above sea level which range from permit requirements to enforcement provisions. In addition, the lowest floor of all floodplain construction must be elevated to at least three feet above the base flood elevation and in the floodways encroachments shall not result in any increase in flood levels during occurrence of the base flood discharge. Although not part of the ordinances, Arnold has a very aggressive buyou.. Read More
The Jefferson County Farmland Protection Program
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Farmland Protection & Preservation    
West Virginia
Municipal
This county farmland protection plan offers provisions for land acquisition and the purchase of conservation easements based on a system of prioritization to determine the allocation of funds... Read More
New York State Constitution Article on Conservation
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
State Land Use Law, Tree Preservation & Protection, Transportation & Land Use Planning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Conservation Districts & Subdivisions    
New York
State
The New York Constitution, Article 14, establishes that it is a function of the state government to provide for the protection of forested lands, but provides exceptions for the development of certain highways. This provision also designates provisions whereby these lands may be used on a limited scale for construction and maintenance of reservoirs and establishes how violations of this provision shall be handled... Read More
City of Annapolis Green Buildings: Energy Efficiency and Environmental Design
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
Maryland
Municipal
The City of Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is set in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay. Only 29 miles east of Washington D.C., Annapolis has a population of 36,524 people, with a population density of 5,326 people per square mile. Annapolis has several public transportation options, including an eight-route bus system and railway connecting the city to nearby Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Annapolis uses an integrated approach in regulating the planning, design, and sustainability of buildings. The city’s sustainable building law manda.. Read More
City of Austin Zoning Ordinance; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Texas
Municipal
The City of Austin, Texas has integrated zoning for solar within its zoning ordinance not as a separate section or chapter, but mostly within its Building Design Standards Article. According to its Zoning Ordinance, Austin permits solar collectors in Residential Use zoning districts as accessory use structures. In order to satisfy the building requirements under the Building Design Standards Article, each building must earn one point from a number of design options laid out in § 3.3.2, Table C. One of those options is to “integrate solar power .. Read More
Village of Irvington Environmental Conservation Board Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Local Boards, Local Environmental Law, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The Environmental Conservation Board section of the Irvington Code establishes the Irvington Environmental Conservation Board (ECB), which consists of up to nine members appointed by the Village Board to serve for terms of two years, two members of which may be selected from the sixteen to twenty-one year old age group. The ECB will work to increase resources and public programs concerning the preservation, development and use of the natural resources, features, and conditions of the Village of Irvington insofar as beauty, quality, biologic int.. Read More
City of Hannibal Planned Density Residential District Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Planned Development Districts, Smart Growth, Zoning, Density    
Missouri
Municipal
The Planned Density Residential District is established to ensure adequate infrastructure support and allow for flexibility of use of the land by developers. It requires increasing open space as a percentage of land as the number of residential units being built increases. The Rural District is to provide space for agricultural uses and the orderly transfer of land to urban uses, while the Agricultural District is solely for the former... Read More
Township of Howell Riparian Buffers – Standards of Performance Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Buffer Zones, Development Standards, Environmental Compliance, Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New Jersey
Municipal
This ordinance sets forth the practices and procedures to be followed by developers and others in order to maintain the integrity of riparian habitat. This law creates a buffer zone in which private activity, such as tree cutting, disturbing soil, use of fertilizer, and use of pesticides are severely regulated. The town board holds discretion in allowing a buffer zone to be disturbed. If a buffer zone is disturbed, the developer is required to rehabilitate the buffer zone in accordance with the accepted practices set forth in this law. .. Read More
Town of Babylon Coastal Erosion Hazard Zone Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Coastal Protection, Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
New York
Municipal
This ordinance establishes standards and procedures for minimizing damage to structures and to protect natural resources from coastal erosion. It employs the NYSDEC’s coastal erosion area delineation, and specifies separate definitions and restrictions for nearshore, beach, and dune areas. Special consideration is given to the protection of bird nesting and breeding areas, and other special wildlife habitat as identified by the NYSDEC. The local law goes beyond state guidelines by prohibiting development in nearshore and beach areas... Read More
Town of Falmouth Wetlands Regulations
Date Added: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Coastal Protection, Sea Level Rise Adaptation, Site Design Standards, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
Massachusetts
Municipal
The Town of Falmouth’s Wetland Regulations recognize that “special transitional areas,” portions of coastal floodplains that are immediately landward of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and barrier beaches, require special protection. To that end, these regulations require that relative sea level rise be considered in development proposals, and that buildings and other structures in special transitional areas be designed to incorporate a relative sea level rise of at least one foot per 100 years in “A-zones” (coastal storm flowage zones) and at le.. 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
Town of Coventry Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Rhode Island
Municipal
Despite its lengthy Zoning Code, Coventry, Rhode Island does not incorporate a section specifically detailing the requirements and regulations for solar energy systems. However, within its Transportation, Communications, and Utilities table (schedule) of uses under its Industry Section, solar power generators are permitted in mostly all of the zoning districts, with the exception of two types of residential districts, one business district, the Planned Development District, and the Special Planning Overlay District. The Zoning Code does not def.. 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
City of Maumelle Timber Management Plan
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Timber Harvesting    
Arkansas
Municipal
This ordinance requires that any harvesting of timber be conducted in a manner consistent with the Best Management Practices (BMPs) laid out in the Arkansas Forestry Commission’s Best Management Practices for Silviculture... Read More
Town of Kennett Open Space Design Options Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Open Space Preservation, Ridgeline Protection    
Pennsylvania
Municipal
This law is a lengthy and detailed open space ordinance that contains a component emphasizing protection of steep slopes and ridgelines... Read More
City of Lincoln Urban Design Committee
Date Added: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
Nebraska
Municipal
This ordinance formally establishes an Urban Design Committee within the city of Lincoln, appointed to "improve the quality of life through urban design." This goal is based on considerations of "the impact of physical development upon the environment," among other quality of life goals, and charges the group with advising the city on "matters relating to urban design, visual relationships, architectural design, and aesthetics," allowing for a forum to address the environmental impacts of proposed urban development... Read More
New York State Site Plan Review Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Site Plan Approval    
New York
State
This law authorizes cities in New York State to undertake the process of Site Plan Review. The law sets forth criteria which city zoning boards may use when doing Site Plan Review, such as: parking, means of access, screening, signs, landscaping, architectural features, location and dimensions of buildings, adjacent land uses and physical features meant to protect adjacent land uses as well as any additional elements specified by the legislative body in such zoning ordinance or local law. The law also discusses other features of Site Plan Rev.. Read More
County of Douglas Single-Family Residential Drainage, Erosion, and Sediment Control Requirements
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
Colorado
Municipal
This ordinance establishes minimum sediment and erosion control requirements in Douglas County to protect the “life, property and the environment.” It was awarded the International Erosion Control Association (IECA)'s Environmental Achievement Grand Award in 2004. It applies to all single-family and includes slope requirements for final pervious and non-pervious grades on the lot, and the installation of Best Management Practices before the Certificate of Occupancy can be issued... Read More
City of Tumwater Wellhead Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Aquifer Protection    
Washington
Municipal
Tumwater, Washington, has three related aquifer protection ordinances. Tumwater’s Wellhead Protection is designed “to develop and implement a wellhead protection program to identify risks of contamination potentially impacting city wells, and to reduce or eliminate those risks.” The ordinance identifies four wellhead capture zones at six months, one year, five years, and ten years. Various activities are prohibited within these zones, with the six month zone being more prohibitive than the ten year zone... Read More
Town of Gorham Land Use and Development Code § 1A-4[A][4]- Solar Access; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Maine
Municipal
The Town of Gorham’s density bonus provisions provide a maximum density bonus of 25% over the allowable base density for residential and nonresidential uses in planned unit developments (PUD) in exchange for public amenities, including solar access and energy efficient design, layout, and construction. To qualify for a bonus of 5 percent above the allowable base density, a PUD may provide solar access to 40 percent of the dwelling units and ensure through appropriate deed restrictions that dwelling units will utilize solar energy systems for wa.. Read More
Village of Bronxville Site Design Standards Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Site Design Standards    
New York
Municipal
The Village of Bronxville created site plan and approval standards for use by the Design Review Committee and the Planning Board in reviewing applications for development. These standards include regulations for: landscape and environment; relationship of structures and open space; circulation and parking; protection of neighbors; compliance with other laws and regulations; surface water drainage; and applications for accessory uses... Read More
City of Cottage Grove Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Minnesota
Municipal
In Cottage Grove, Minnesota, the city has established a Low-Density Residential District “where all public services, utilities and amenities needed for urban residential development are available” and development densities do not exceed five dwelling units per gross acre. Cottage Grove does permit density bonuses in this District between 0-5% if applicants demonstrate innovative energy conservation efforts, including orientation of lost for maximum use of passive solar energy and preservation of solar access for active solar energy systems. Sol.. 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
Town of Mendon Ridgeline Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Ridgeline Protection, Scenic Resources, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Vermont
Municipal
This is a very brief law that regulates developments to only ski area uses and requires aesthetic compatibility... Read More
State of New York Long Island Pine Barrens Maritime Reserve Act
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Land Use Planning, Local Boards, Scenic Resources, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
State
This law creates the Long Island Pine Barren Maritime Reserve in Suffolk County, New York, in order to protect and preserve this area’s natural resources and scenic beauty. The law also sets forth the following: duties of the Long Island Pine Barrens maritime reserve council, a comprehensive management plan for the area, the duties of the Central Pine Barrens joint planning and policy commission, and a comprehensive land use plan for the area. .. Read More
State of New York Coastal Erosion Hazard Areas Act
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Coastal Protection, Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
New York
State
The purpose of this statute is to prevent coastal erosion from destroying natural resources, property, and human life. This statute states causes of erosion and presents policies to address erosion. The main focus is on the identification of coastal erosion hazard areas and the creation and implementation of local laws to address the problems in such areas. The state commissioner in consultation with local governments must identify hazard areas in the state and then hold public hearings before the final identifications are made. The commissi.. Read More
Village of Croton-on-Hudson Multiple Development Use District
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Development Standards, Historic Preservation, Mixed/Multiple Use, Open Space Preservation, Scenic Resources, Site Design Standards, Site Plan Approval    
New York
Municipal
This law creates guidelines for creating a multiple/mixed use district in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson. The law includes information such as: eligibility requirements, general conditions, permitted uses, site development standards, procedures for MDU designation and approval of site development plans, lapse of approval of site development plan, performance guaranty, phasing of development, amendment of site development plan, and revocation of MDU designation. .. Read More
County of New Castle Local Natural Resource Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Delaware
Municipal
This ordinance provides regulatory protection of ecologically significant lands listed on Delaware’s natural areas inventory. It aims to accomplish this through establishment of protection standards, as well as specific guidelines for areas of importance including open space, flood plains, steep slopes, and forests... Read More
Town of Westbrook Community Forest Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Tree Preservation & Protection    
Connecticut
Municipal
This Tree preservation provision establishes a 55 acre community forest to be managed by the town under the forest commission. The purpose of the ordinance is to protect forest resources and water quality, as well as serve recreational and educational functions. .. 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
Massachusetts Housing & Urban Renewal Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Urban Renewal    
Massachusetts
State
Section twenty three of chapter one hundred and twenty-one B, titled “Housing And Urban Renewal,” authorizes a municipality to do “any and all … things necessary or convenient to aid and cooperate in the planning, construction or operation of a housing, clearance, relocation or urban renewal project within its limits.” Such things include the adoption or modification of its zoning rules and regulations, the purchase of any of the bonds or notes of an operating agency and the selling, conveyance or leasing of any of its interests in any propert.. Read More
Town of North Castle Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
New York
Municipal
Through Chapter 101 of the Town Code for the Town of North Castle, the Town Board declares that the purpose of this law is to safeguard persons, protect property, prevent damage to the environment and promote the public welfare by guiding, regulating and controlling the design, construction, use and maintenance of any development or other activity which disturbs or breaks the topsoil or results in the movement of earth on land situated in the town. .. Read More
State of North Carolina Emission of Pollutants or Contaminants Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Emissions, State Land Use Law    
North Carolina
State
Under § 160A-185, cities have the authority to pass ordinances that regulate or prohibit the emission of pollutants that “tend to pollute or contaminate the land, water, or air.” This section also gives cities the power to enact ordinances to regulate the illegal disposal of solid waste and to provide for enforcement of such ordinances by civil penalties. Any ordinance passed under this section must be “consistent with and supplementary to State and federal laws and regulations.”.. Read More
Town of Penfield Environmental Protection Overlay District
Date Added: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Floodplain Regulations, Local Environmental Law, Overlay District    
New York
Municipal
This ordinance is an alternative method of protection that provides for review and regulation of development in floodplains through an overlay district that specifies uses and activities which are strictly prohibited or permitted upon compliance with additional regulations. If the use or activity is regulated, a permit must be obtained and mitigation is often a condition when the use or activity will have an adverse impact on the floodplains and where no reasonably feasible alternative exists... Read More
Model Active Use Conservation Easement for Western United States
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Open Space Preservation    
State: Not Applicable
U.S. Federal
This conservation easement is a model that demonstrates the necessary elements of a conservation easement, specifically the easement address provisions that may be relevant for properties that intend to stay as working farms or ranches. The source of this sample is the Red Lodge Clearinghouse, which seeks to resolve resource conflicts in the western U.S. .. Read More
City of Sanibel Natural Resources Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Florida
Municipal
Sanibel officials and local conservationists are concerned about the introduction of invasive exotic vegetation to the island’s fragile ecosystem. Exotic species out-compete native vegetation, creating undesirable monocultures and altering the ecological character of the island. In order to curb the introduction of exotic species, this ordinance prohibits planting specific plant species known to be invasive... Read More
City of Knoxville Open Space Preservation District
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Open Space Preservation    
Tennessee
Municipal
An Open Space Preservation District is established in the zoning code to provide areas in which the principal use of the land is devoted to open space and/or the preservation and protection of park and recreation lands, wilderness areas, beach and shoreline areas, scenic routes, wild and scenic rivers, historical and archaeological sites, watersheds and water supply areas, and wildlife and their habitats. Property classified under this district must meet the criteria set forth in the open space plan of the City of Knoxville and such property w.. Read More
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
Town of Braintree Affordable Housing Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Affordable Housing , Incentive Zoning, Density    
Vermont
Municipal
Chapter 5.18 of the Braintree, Vermont, Zoning Ordinance establishes that housing is affordable when households spend no more than one-third of their incomes on housing costs. The chapter allows density zoning incentives... 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
Town of North Salem Freshwater Wetlands Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Scenic Resources, Stormwater Management, Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Drinking Water Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
This law states the Town Board’s rationale for protecting wetlands within the Town of North Castle, NY. Some of the stated reasons include: the import role the wetlands have in cleaning the water supply, their function as a habitat for plant, fish and wildlife species, their role in absorbing stormwater, and their importance as a scenic resource. .. Read More
City of Grand Rapids Alternative Energy Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Michigan
Municipal
Under its section on Alternative Energy within its Code of Ordinances, Grand Rapids, Michigan incorporated a subsection on solar energy. According to that sub-section, solar energy systems are permitted as an accessory use in all districts. “In Residential Zone Districts, solar energy systems may be installed on the roof of a primary or accessory structure.” The subsection goes on to list placement regulations as well as the factors the Planning Director will have to consider for an Administrative Departure to allow for solar panels on the fron.. Read More
Town of Perinton Limited Development District Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Conservation Districts & Subdivisions    
New York
Municipal
Town of Perinton created Limited Development Districts for certain variations in terrain, hydrology that render certain areas susceptible to flooding to supersede the other zoning provisions. Development must be directed by the intrinsic character of the land in order to provide for the safety and welfare of the citizens and the natural environment. The limits of an LDD shall be determined by its soil, vegetation, terrain, and hydrologic characteristics. The limits are determined using detailed maps, in consultation with the Conservation Board... Read More
Town of Mamaroneck Waterfront Revitalization Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Waterfront Revitalization    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 234 of the Town Code for the Town of Mamaroneck is intended to provide a framework for agencies of Mamaroneck to consider the policies and purposes contained in the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program when reviewing applications for actions and to assure to the maximum extent practicable that such actions are consistent with said policies and purposes. .. Read More
Town of Farmington Ridgeline Protection Zone
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Ridgeline Protection, Scenic Resources    
Connecticut
Municipal
This law provides a very detailed set of regulations with the primary purpose of protecting the viewshed and natural beauty of the town. It uses specific geologic features that form the mountains to determine the boundaries of the protection zone... Read More
Town of Gardiner Development in Floodplains Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Development Standards, Floodplain Regulations, Historic Preservation    
New York
Municipal
Town of Gardiner NY Development of Floodplains section 220-18, regulates development in the floodplains of Gardiner. Section 220-18(D) establishes conditions in which variances may be issued to include: reconstruction or restoration of structures listed in the National Registry of Historic Places, for good cause, and for showing that substantial hardships will result without the variance. Conditions that will be taken into account when the Zoning Board of Appeals reviews appeals are also included in this section... Read More
State of North Carolina Tree Preservation Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
State Land Use Law, Tree Preservation & Protection    
North Carolina
State
North Carolina does not have specific enabling legislation allowing cities and counties to regulate tree preservation. Nevertheless, a number of local governments have passed ordinances dealing with tree preservation, including the Cities of Charlotte and Greensboro. The City of Greensboro cited its general power to pass ordinances under § 160-174 as authority for creating its Advisory Commission on Trees, which manages its Tree Preservation Ordinance. GREENSBORO, NC CODE §§ 30-9-13 et. seq., §§ 30-5-4... Read More
Town of Geneseo Municipal Code, Chapter 54 Erosion and Sediment Control
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
New York
Municipal
This chapter guides and regulates the design, construction, and maintenance of any development or activity which disturbs the topsoil or results in the movement of earth on land in order to promote the public welfare and safeguard persons, protect property, and prevent damage to the environment, including Conesus Lake and all bodies of water or watercourses in the Town of Geneseo. Performance standards include retaining existing vegetation and constructing sediment control measures prior to beginning any land disturbance activities, with all ru.. Read More
State of Pennsylvania Right-to-Farm Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Right-to-Farm    
Pennsylvania
State
This statute sets forth Pennsylvania’s right-to-farm policy. The statute describes the issues that excessive development poses for agricultural areas and establishes goals to decrease the loss of farmland and prevent nuisance lawsuits against legitimate farming land uses... Read More
Town of Brookhaven Tree Preservation Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Site Design Standards, Tree Preservation & Protection, Subdivision Approvals, Timber Harvesting, Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 70 of the Town Code for the Town of Brookhaven regulates the destruction and removal of trees within the town. Permission must be obtained from the town before a tree can be removed from property which is zoned for commercial or industrial use or which is larger than two acres. Permission must also be obtained for acts that will cause a tree to die on such property. When determining the size of the property, contiguous parcels of property that are subject to common ownership are deemed merged. There are however, certain exemptions. .. Read More
City of Decorah Conservation & Open Space (COS) Regulations
Date Added: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Open Space Preservation, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Iowa
Municipal
This ordinance was created to protect mature and young woodlands and prevent the ecological degradation of heavily wooded areas, as well as protect drainageways, wetlands, and soil erosion and sedimentation control... Read More
New York State Coastal Erosion Hazard Areas Act
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Coastal Protection, Development Standards, Erosion & Sedimentation Control, State Land Use Law, Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
State
The statute calls for the identification and mapping of coastal erosion hazard areas within the state by the commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and for local governments to formulate an erosion hazard area ordinance or local law, to be reviewed by the commissioner. The commissioner also adopts regulations establishing minimum standards for development in erosion hazard areas. Any person wishing to undertake development in an erosion hazard area must obtain a permit from the DEC... Read More
Town of Ellington Hockanum River Watershed Sewerage System Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Sewage Management, Watershed Protection    
Connecticut
Municipal
This law details the Water Pollution Control Authority’s ability to assess commercial and residential pieces of property abutting sewer lines and connected to sewer lines. Definitions for use within this law include deferred assessment, capacity charge, commercial property, industrial property, sewer lateral line, residential unit assessment, and storage space. The law details how assessment of benefits occurs with residential property, commercial and industrial property, developer-constructed sewer extensions, and farmland. While all properti.. Read More
City of Berkeley Planning and Development Procedures - Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
California
Municipal
During the Zoning Board application process, the Board may direct the parties to mediate a dispute over the proposed land use. The Board or Zoning Officer will direct the mediator as to which issues are to be addressed, and the mediator will submit a report to the Board or Zoning Officer within 45 days of the mediation. This mediation is voluntary and non-binding. .. Read More
City of Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Vacant & Distressed Properties    
Pennsylvania
Municipal
The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Legislature enacted an ordinance called the Property Maintenance Code. The ordinance requires that all vacant premises be kept in a sanitary, safe, and secure manner. All entranceways, such as windows and doors, must be maintained in good repair and secured, not boarded. Failure to keep building entranceways secure will result in an unsafe building designation. Upon an unsafe designation by the Building Department, notice shall be served upon the registered owner ordering compliance with the ordinance. Owner.. Read More
North Salem (NY), Chapter 250, Article XIII Conditional Use and Special Permit Standards, Section 250-66
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Land Use Planning, Zoning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The Town of North Salem enacted this section to prescribe certain requirements for public utilities. The use for the public utility must be necessary from the public standpoint. The installations shall be covered with landscaping, paintings, or fencing so that the area remains harmonious with the landscape... Read More
City of Santa Barbara Energy Efficiency Standards
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
California
Municipal
The City of Santa Barbara, California, modified its energy efficiency standards to correspond with the first level of the Architecture 2030 Challenge and to reduce its fossil fuel usage in its buildings by 50% below the regional average. Also, the City has set a goal to reduce energy consumption to achieve “carbon neutrality” by 2030 in new buildings and retrofits. In order to meet these goals, the City has set forth increased minimum energy efficiency standards for all new construction (residential and commercial) of any size, additions to.. Read More
City of St. Charles Fair Housing Commission Duties
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Fair Housing    
Missouri
Municipal
This section of Chapter 94, Title IX to the St. Charles, Missouri code describes duties of the Fair Housing Commission. .. Read More
City of Boise Foothills Planned Development Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Incentive Zoning    
Idaho
Municipal
The Foothills Planned Unit Development (PUD) ordinance is a subsection of the PUD ordinance, the purpose of which is to implement the residential subdivision density aspects of the city’s Foothills Policy Plan. It defines the type of subdivision and zoning allowed in the Foothills Planning Area by enabling a “density bonus” technique that allows the trade of density for open space, as long as the trading land is less than 25% slope and greater than 1 acre. The density trade element also provides for sensitive areas such as wildlife corridors,.. 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
Town of Basalt Housing Mitigation Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Affordable Housing , Zoning    
Colorado
Municipal
The Zoning Code for Housing Mitigation requires twenty percent of all newly constructed dwelling units and fifteen percent of the bedrooms of all new residential developments comprised of five or more units be affordable housing. All commercial developers must pay a housing mitigation fee of fifty cents per square foot. The commercial developer must provide a percentage of affordable housing correlating to the number of employees expected to work in the structure after completion based on a formula provided in the statute. Furthermore, 100% o.. Read More
New York State Municipal Home Rule Law – General Powers of Local Governments to Adopt & Amend Local Laws; Restrictions
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Land Acquisition, Local Boards, Local Governance, Transportation & Land Use Planning, Street & Sidewalk Development    
New York
State
Municipal Home Rule Law Chapter 36-A Article 2 Section 10 articulates the powers of local county, city, town, or village governments to include: acquisition and care of highways, roads, streets, avenues, and property; acquisition of transit facilities; collection, fixing, and administration of local government rentals, charges, rates or fees; and regulation or licensing of businesses and occupations. Section 11 outlines the restriction of powers of local county, city, town, or village governments to adopt local laws, including: the regulation o.. Read More
State of New York Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas & Waterways Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Coastal Protection, Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Economic Development, Waterfront Revitalization    
New York
State
The Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and Waterways Law (Article 42) recognizes that the social and economic well being and general welfare of the people are dependent on the preservation, enhancement, protection, development and use of the natural and man-made resources of the state’s coastal area and inland waterways, including lakes, rivers, canals, as well as islands, wetlands, beaches, dunes, barrier islands, cliffs, bluffs and erosion prone area. The secretary will have the power and duties to oversee that coordinated and compre.. Read More
Town of North Castle Tree Preservation Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Open Space Preservation, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The Town of North Castle finds and declares that the preservation of trees as defined below is necessary to protect the quality of life in the Town of North Castle because trees provide shade, impede soil erosion, aid water absorption and retention, inhibit excess runoff and flooding, and enhance the community in various other ways. .. Read More
Town of New Paltz Steep Slope Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Flood Prevention, Scenic Resources, Steep Slope Protection, Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
This law is designed to protect the physical and aesthetic integrity of steep sloping topographic features in the Town of New Paltz. To this end, the law places restrictions on the construction methods used by builders in sensitive areas, and creates a permit process one must go through to get approval to build. .. Read More
State of North Carolina Agricultural Land Protection Ordinance - Cities
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Historic Preservation, Open Space Preservation, Agriculture, State Land Use Law, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
North Carolina
State
Under the Conservation and Historic Preservation Agreements Act, found at Article 4 within Chapter 121, cities have the authority to acquire conservation easements and other interests in property for the purpose of retaining the land for, among other uses, agriculture, horticulture, and farming. § 121-35, § 121-37. (See Conservation Easements, above.) Additionally, North Carolina has a statutorily stated goal of preserving one million acres of farm lands, open space, and conservation lands by 2009. §§ 113A-240, 241. However, the provisions of t.. Read More
Town of Brookhaven Stormwater Drainage System Plan
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Stormwater Management, Subdivision Regulations, Watershed Protection    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Brookhaven requires that all preliminary stormwater drainage system plans show storm drains and structures, capacity of stormwater recharge basins and watershed outlines with their approximate area... Read More
City of Auburn & Town of Owasco Public Water Supply Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Drinking Water Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
These rules and regulations apply to the protection of Owasco Lake and its tributaries, which are a source of the public water supply for both Auburn and Owasco. They require materials harmful to the public water supply, which include agricultural waste, sewage, pollutants, herbicides, and pesticides, to be a certain distance away from the lake and its tributaries. The rules and regulations also require regular inspections of the lake and its tributaries to ensure there are no violations of the public water supply boundary requirements... Read More
City of Jamestown Freshwater Wetlands Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Land Use Planning, Site Plan Approval, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
This law is aimed at preserving and reclaiming wetlands, by creating a permit system, for persons who seek to conduct, or who are conducting, any activity on a freshwater wetland. .. 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 San Antonio Aquifer Recharge Zone and Watershed Protection
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Aquifer Protection, Watershed Protection    
Texas
Municipal
San Antonio establishes its Aquifer Recharge Zone and Watershed Protection law in order to meet its “goal of nondegradation which maintains or improves the quality of water entering the Edwards Aquifer.” Persons wishing to develop in the recharge zone must submit a lengthy application that details the features of the property, creates plans for sediment control, drainage, and maintenance, details the activities that will take place on the property, and sets up required monitoring and performance requirements as provided by the law... Read More
Town of New Milford Proposed Ordinance Concerning the Right-to-Farm
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Agriculture, Right-to-Farm    
Connecticut
Municipal
The town of New Milford established this right to farm ordinance limiting circumstances under which any such operation may be considered a nuisance. The ordinance specifies that any dispute over farming practices will be handled through mediation through the mayor’s office... Read More
County of Rockland Green Building Standards
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
New York
Municipal
Rockland County, New York, is a suburban county on the coast of the Hudson River, located about 12 miles north of New York City. Rockland is one of 24 municipalities in New York State to be designated as a Preserve America Community under the federal government’s Preserve America Program which is administered by the National Park Service and allocates federal grant money in order to preserve the country’s natural, historic, and cultural resources. Rockland has many lakes, wetlands, and designated park areas, and the county is promoting green .. Read More
State of North Carolina Watercourse Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Buffer Zones, State Land Use Law, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
North Carolina
State
Watercourse protection in North Carolina falls primarily to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), although local governments may apply for a limited role. DENR is responsible for promulgating rules for riparian buffer protection to safeguard watercourses. Under § 143-214.23, a local government may request that DENR delegate responsibility for implementing any riparian buffer protection programs the Department may implement. Additionally, DENR administers the Natural and Scenic Rivers Act of 1971, located .. Read More
Village of Mastic Beach Solar Energy Systems Regulations § 415-2; Solar Zoning; Architectural Review
Date Added: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Village of Mastic Beach's Code § 415-2 regulates accessory solar energy systems and exempts systems that meet the regulation’s standards from architectural review board approval. These regulations include the requirements that (1) roof-mounted solar systems do not extend beyond the exterior perimeter of the building where the system is located and (2) ground-mounted solar energy systems not extend into the required rear yard accessory setback when oriented at minimum design tilt. Additionally, system design must make best efforts to blend i.. Read More
Delaware Township, New Jersey Ordinance #2011-06LU
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New Jersey
Municipal
The town of Delaware, New Jersey provides specific lot-size requirements based on the type of solar facility. Ground-mounted Minor Solar or PV Energy Facility or Structure must be located on lots of at least one acre gross, while Major Solar or PV Energy Facility or Structure must be located on lots of at least twenty acres gross. .. Read More
Village of Croton-on-Hudson Water Supply Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Coastal Protection, Development Standards, Site Plan Approval, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Water Supply Protection Code of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson dictates that each Waterfront Development District shall be comprised of 10 or more contiguous acres of dry land under single ownership and shall have a minimum of 1,000 feet of shoreline along the Hudson River. Permitted uses include specific recreational, residential, and special permit uses, but accessory uses are limited to those uses that are customarily incidental to the permitted uses. It additionally provides the requirements regarding enclosure, landscaping, bulk, heig.. Read More
New York State Town Law Subdivision Review; Approval of Plats; Development of Filed Plats
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Site Plan Approval    
New York
State
This law authorizes town planning boards to approve preliminary and final plats of subdivisions showing lots, blocks or sites, with or without streets or highways, within parts of towns that are outside the limits of any incorporated villages. Covered topics include: authorization for review of previously filed plats, filing of certificate, definitions, approval of preliminary plats, approval of final plats, approval and certification of final plats, default approval of preliminary or final plat, filing of decision on final plat, notice to coun.. Read More
City of Independence Solar Access Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Kansas
Municipal
Independence, Kansas has created an entire article within its Code of Ordinances specifically for solar access regulations. The article authorizes the citizens of Independence to enter into solar easement agreements with other property owners. These easements shall establish the “solar skyspace” envelope within which it “shall be unlawful for the owner of real property to erect a building or structure or to allow a tree, shrub or other flora to case a shadow upon a solar collector.” The majority of the article is focused on regulations for thes.. Read More
City of Albuquerque Land Acquisition Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, October 17, 2016
Land Acquisition, Open Space Preservation    
New Mexico
Municipal
This plan allows a percentage of impact fees on new development in Bernalillo County within a five mile radius of the Albuquerque border to be collected and used for purchase of open space within this buffer zone... 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
The Town of Islip Word Usage and Definitions for Zoning Requirements
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Development Standards, Local Governance, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Islip set out the word usages and definitions to be used in their zoning requirements. All accessory buildings must be restricted to one story in height. Building height is determined by looking at the vertical distance from the average grade of the ground at the base of the structure to the highest point of roof, excluding chimneys, spires, and other permitted projections. For any single-family homes in a special flood hazard area, the building height shall be measured from the average grade of the ground at the base of the structu.. Read More
Town of Morristown Transit Village Core Zone (TVC)
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Pedestrian Oriented Design (POD), Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Transportation & Land Use Planning, Zoning    
New Jersey
Municipal
The Code of Ordinances for the Town of Morristown, New Jersey, provides for a Transit Village Core Zone (TVC), which is aimed at creating a livable, walkable community that decreases the need for cars. The town was the first of five transit villages designated in 2000 by New Jersey Department of Transportation and New Jersey Transit, as its downtown includes a New Jersey Transit station on the Midtown Direct Line that connects commuters to New York Penn Station. In September 2009, the town unveiled a $75 million, 217-unit condominium project kn.. Read More
County of Miami-Dade Science & Technology Committee Climate Change Advisory Task Force Statement
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Coastal Protection, Sea Level Rise Adaptation    
Florida
Municipal
In July 2006, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance creating the Miami Dade Climate Change Advisory Task Force to provide technical assistance and advice to the Board of County Commissioners concerning mitigation and adaptation measures in response to the impacts of global climate change. The Task Force consists of twenty-five appointed members representing various sectors of the Miami-Dade community including government agencies and educational institutions. The Science and Technology Committee is one of six commit.. Read More
City of Gothenberg Subdivision Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Subdivision Regulations, Zoning    
Nebraska
Municipal
Within its Subdivision Chapter in its Code of Ordinances, the city of Gothenberg in Nebraska has integrated a section on solar access for energy conservation. The section consists of only two sub-sections that require streets in residential subdivision, where possible, have an east-west alignment and, in order to allow the orientation of structures on the site to maximize solar gain, “side lot lines should run as near to north-south as possible.”.. Read More
Model Ordinance for Solar Photovoltaic Systems
Date Added: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
In order to ensure that solar resources are developed in a way that protects the environment and preserves community character, the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (RPDB) created a model zoning ordinance as part of it’s work to help get Central New York “Solar Ready.” The model zoning ordinance was developed to assist local governments to address land use concerns and to provide clear guidance and direction to developers and property owners for the appropriate development of solar energy systems... Read More
Town of Old Saybrook Participation in the Connecticut River Estuary Planning Agency
Date Added: Monday, September 19, 2016
Intermunicipal Agreements    
Connecticut
Municipal
This ordinance joins the town to the Connecticut River Estuary regional planning organization, which under the CT River Gate Way Commission sets minimum environmental standards to reduce the impacts of development within the Connecticut River Estuary for nine member towns... Read More
City of Ashland Incentive Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Incentive Zoning    
Oregon
Municipal
The City of Ashland uses a performance-based system to allow increased development densities with quality design. The purpose of the Ashland City Code Title 18 is to allow an option for more flexible design than is permissible under the conventional zoning codes. Designs should stress things such as energy efficiency, architectural creativity and innovation, and use the natural features of the landscape to their greatest advantage. .. Read More
San Antonio Ordinance Approving and Adopting Sustainable Task Force
Date Added: Monday, June 27, 2016
Development Standards, Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
Texas
Municipal
Mission Verde focuses on economic growth and development to drive environmental and equitable outcomes, rather than using environmental goals to drive economic growth. The intent of the plan was to invest in energy saving initiatives that would save the consumer and the community money, and serve as a catalyst for job creation and innovation. Ordinance 2009-03-12-0179 discusses adopting the Sustainable Building Task Force, provides amendments to the city code to implement certain recommendations, providing for an effective date and severance. .. Read More
Town of Brookhaven Training for Local Boards Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Local Boards, Mandatory Training    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Brookhaven created this local law to mandate certified educational training for all Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board members and to require notification of such a requirement to prospective members. Procedure is also given for removal of members if in violation of this law... Read More
State of Massachusetts Cluster Development by Special Use Permit Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Development Standards, Clustering & Cluster Development, Zoning    
Massachusetts
State
Section nine of chapter 40A authorizes zoning ordinances or by-laws to provide for special permits for uses that are in harmony with the general purpose and intent of the ordinance or bylaw, including special permits for cluster developments. Such cluster developments are to be permitted upon review and approval by a planning board pursuant to the subdivision control laws of chapter forty-one, sections 81K to 81GG inclusive. See paragraph six. Paragraph seven defines cluster development, as among other things, residential developments separa.. Read More
Town of Gardiner Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Flood Prevention    
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
City of Clayton Planned Unit Development District Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Planned Unit Development, Smart Growth    
Missouri
Municipal
This ordinance establishes planned unit developments which support flexibility and innovative medium- and large-scale development in residential and commercial areas. It is intended to preserve natural features and functions (erosion control) and promote an aesthetically pleasing environment for residents and workers... Read More
Town of Brighton Stormwater Management Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Stormwater Management, Watershed Protection    
New York
Municipal
This ordinance is intended to allow for the redesign of the drainage system in order to protect the residents from the dangers of stormwater runoff. There are requirements for where the drain patterns may lie and a hydraulic design will be used for the watershed. There are also provisions on how to improve the previous damages from stormwater runoff. .. Read More
New York State Town Law – Zoning Board of Appeals
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Local Boards, Zoning    
New York
State
This section of the New York State Town Law empowers town boards to form a zoning board of appeals composed of three to five members. Furthermore, it establishes the procedure for appointment and removal of members, the length of terms for the members, and the duties of the chairperson... Read More
City of Newburgh Environmental Constraints Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Environmental Compliance, Local Environmental Law, Steep Slope Protection, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
This law limits the areas within the City of Newburgh, NY in which construction can take place, as a means of protecting environmentally sensitive areas. Particularly, this law places restrictions on construction in wetland and watercourse areas, as well as steep slope areas. .. Read More
Town of Ellington Age-Restricted Cluster Housing Zone
Date Added: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Affordable Housing , Clustering & Cluster Development, Overlay District, Senior Housing, Zoning    
Connecticut
Municipal
The Age-Restricted Cluster Housing Zone (ARCHZ) is a floating zone designed to increase availability of market rate privately developed, common interest communities for empty nesters and seniors, while maintaining the rural character of the town, preserving open space and protecting natural resources. ARCHZ zoned property shall only be used for single-family, attached or detached residential housing. Each unit must contain at least one individual 55 or over (or the survivor of such a person); and no more than one child, who must be at least 18 .. Read More
Town of Bolton Open Space Preservation, Acquisition, and Conservation Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Open Space Preservation, Agriculture    
Connecticut
Municipal
The open space preservation conservation development regulations call for the location of any development to occur on the least fertile agricultural soils... Read More
City of Ferndale Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Michigan
Municipal
Ferndale, Michigan permits solar energy systems in all of its zoning districts as an accessory structure, subject to a number of requirements. These requirements include that the systems meet all other applicable construction codes; the design of the system must conform to applicable industry standards; and that the systems be screened per the discretion of the community development department. Solar energy systems, according to a sub-section within Ferndale’s Zoning Chapter, also have to meet the height and setback requirements of the zoning d.. 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
Massachusetts Affordable Housing Appeals Law
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Affordable Housing    
Massachusetts
State
The legislature of the Commonwealth, in Chapter 23B of the Massachusetts Code, has created the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. Within the Department of Housing and Community Development, the legislature created a Housing Appeals Committee. Mass. Gen. Law Ch. § 5A (2004). Under the Commonwealth’s Low and Moderate Income Housing Law, certainties entities who wish to build affordable house may follow a streamlined application process. If the application is denied or conditionally granted, the entity may appeal.. Read More
City of Amsterdam Development near Streams, Rivers & Wetlands Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Site Plan Approval, Zoning, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
Law requiring that any development near streams, rivers, and wetlands receive a special use permit and approval from the zoning board. .. Read More
Town of Brookhaven Wetlands & Waterways Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Development Standards, Site Design Standards, Site Plan Approval, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
The purpose of Chapter 81 of the Town Code, for the Town of Brookhaven is to protect surface waters, lands underwater and wetlands since they are important natural resources to the town. This statute applies to all lands defined as wetlands or waterways, to any activity in an adjacent area of a wetland or waterway, or to any activity that has the potential to adversely impact wetlands or waterways. No person shall conduct any regulated activity within such lands without obtaining permission from the town. Regulated activity includes dredging.. Read More
City of Apple Valley Natural Resources Management Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, April 17, 2017
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Minnesota
Municipal
This broad natural resource management ordinance attempts to “protect, preserve, and enhance the natural resources and environment.” It forces the collection of data on the parcel in question and mandates low impact and best practices which preserve water quality, wetlands, trees, an reduce soil erosion among other issues... Read More
City of San Diego Land Development Manual: Storm Water Standards
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
California
Municipal
This ordinance is designed as a manual for selection, design, and incorporation of storm water Best Management Practices (BMPs) into the project’s design plan. It requires identification of pollutants of concern from land use activities and pollutants and conditions of concern in receiving waters. The manual additionally requires pollution prevention throughout. One example is pollution prevention through pest control in the design of a site to avoid pesticide application... Read More
Town of Malta Environmental Board Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Local Boards, Local Environmental Law, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The legislature’s intent in drafting Chapter 8 of the Town Code for the Town of Malta is to preserve and improve the quality of the natural and man-made environment within the Town. This has become more challenging in the face of population growth, urbanization, and technological change and its effect on the environment all of which impact the health, welfare and economic well-being of present and future inhabitants of the Town. Chapter 8 creates an Environmental Board which is charged with seeing that these goals are pursued. .. Read More
South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Aquifer Protection    
Washington
Municipal
Tacoma established the South Tacoma Groundwater Protection District in order “to prevent the degradation of groundwater in the South Tacoma aquifer system by controlling the use and handling of hazardous substances.” Permits are required for all activities that use hazardous substances and applicants must have “demonstrated that said facility complies with all provisions of this chapter and the standards set forth in the General Guidance and Performance Standards.”.. Read More
Village of Croton-on-Hudson Telecommunications Towers Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Communications, Site Design Standards    
New York
Municipal
The Village of Croton-on-Hudson seeks to establish predictable and balanced regulations for the sitting and screening of various personnel wireless service antennas, towers, and accessory structures in order to accommodate the growth of such systems within the Village, while protecting the public against any adverse impacts on resources, avoiding the potential damage to adjacent properties for tower failure through structural standards and setback requirements, and reducing the number of towers needed to serve the community by maximizing the us.. Read More
State of Massachusetts Protection of Floodplains, Seacoasts, and Other Wetlands Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Coastal Protection, Floodplain Regulations, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
Massachusetts
State
This statute authorizes a municipality’s conservation commission, authorized and formed under section eight(c) of chapter forty, to review applications of projects that may affect natural areas, including areas prone to flooding (floodplains). See paragraph one. The commission is authorized in paragraph seventeen to impose conditions on the submitted application to achieve its purpose of protecting floodplains. Under certain circumstances, such as when the commission fails to hold a public hearing or when it fails to make a final determination.. 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 Doraville Buildings and Building Regulation Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
Georgia
Municipal
Under the Doraville, Georgia buildings and building regulation, the City formally adopts Version 2.2 of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction and Major Renovations rating system (LEED-NC), any future amendments thereto will be reviewed by the City before consideration is given to the adoption of such amendments. Doraville is a northern suburb of Atlanta and covers 3.6 square miles with almost 11,000 residents. The area typically has hot humid summers and mild, but occasiona.. 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
City of Mountain Brook Flood Plain Overlay Zone
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Flood Prevention, Overlay District    
Alabama
Municipal
This overlay zone provides for recognizing lands which are subject to flooding and restricting the use to which the lands may be put. An exclusive list of proper uses for the land includes activities such as recreational facilities, short-term parking, and cooking facilities... Read More
State of Kentucky Orientation & Continuing Education Training for Planning & Zoning Officials & Staff Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Local Boards, Mandatory Training    
Kentucky
State
This law requires land use training for planning and zoning board of appeals members in Kentucky. The law became effective on June 21, 2001... Read More
City of Manson City Solar Access Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Iowa
Municipal
Within its City Code, Manson City has incorporated an entire chapter on access to solar energy. A major section within that chapter is one that outlines the requirements and process for obtaining solar access easements. The solar access regulatory board may grant these easements, subject to a number of requirements. One of those requirements includes filing a detailed application with the secretary of the planning and zoning commission, which includes a description of the solar collector to be used, a legal description of the solar access easem.. Read More
City of Meriden Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Connecticut
Municipal
Within its Zoning Chapter, the City of Meriden in Connecticut has incorporated a separate section outlining the few regulations for wind energy conservation systems and solar devices. According to the section, screening on a roof to enclose mechanical equipment may be modified to allow access to solar heating devices. The section also goes on to require that solar heating devices do not occupy more than 10% of the yard area and that any new construction be mindful of solar devices on adjoining properties so that the maximum effort to retain sol.. Read More
Town of Malta Open Space Development & Preservation Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Affordable Housing , Clustering & Cluster Development, Open Space Preservation    
New York
Municipal
This law was created for the purpose of requiring open space development for any subdivision of land 20 acres or greater within the Town of Malta. The goal of the law is to promote the better use of open spaces, recreational development, existing topography and natural features, design, and to provide for economics inherent with open space development. This law empowers the Planning Board of the Town of Malta, acting in a manner which would promote the above goals, to approve, approve with modifications or disapprove open space development pr.. Read More
Village of Briarcliff Manor Conservation Development Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Open Space Preservation, Scenic Resources, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Conservation Districts & Subdivisions    
New York
Municipal
This law is designed to protect environmentally sensitive undeveloped areas, within the Village of Briarcliff Manor, from harmful development practices. To this end, the Board of Trustees authorizes the village Planning Board to approve conservation subdivisions, according to procedures outlined in the law. .. Read More
City of Omaha North Hills Environmental Resources Overlay District Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Overlay District    
Nebraska
Municipal
Section 55-901 of the municipal code establishes the North Hills environmental resources overlay district. The ordinance was created because the North Hills area is characterized by “steep slopes and valleys with heavy forestation and ridge tops of forests or uncultivated grasslands.” The ordinance requires a special permit for grading and excavating, removing vegetation, and disturbing sensitive features which include native prairies, intermittent and perennial streams, loess bluffs and glacial tills, and extremely steep slopes. .. Read More
Massachusetts Model Solar Bylaw: Allowing Use of Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations
Date Added: Monday, July 11, 2016
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Massachusetts
State
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs’ Department of Energy Resources developed a model zoning bylaw that defines large-scale ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installation as solar photovoltaic systems that are structurally mounted on the ground (not roof-mounted) that have a minimum nameplate capacity of 250 kW DC... Read More
City of Olympia Urban Forestry Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Tree Preservation & Protection    
Washington
Municipal
This ordinance creates and adopts an urban forestry element in the Olympia Comprehensive Plan. It acknowledges the important contributions that trees make to the city of Olympia in maintaining its ecological integrity as well as making Olympia a desirable place to live and to visit. The ordinance calls for an urban forest management plan, landmark tree protection and replacement, a commitment to public awareness and public education, as well as the development of standards and criteria for the urban forestry program consistent with the Best M.. Read More
Town of Clifton Park Pesticides - Aerial Spraying Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Environmental Compliance    
New York
Municipal
This law creates an application procedure for residents and commercial entities who wish to engage in the use of pesticides, bans the use of pesticides in certain areas, and describes penalties for violating the law. The Town derives its power to enact this law pursuant to its municipal home rule authority... Read More
City of Albuquerque Solar Permit Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Energy Efficiency & Conservation, Solar Energy    
New Mexico
Municipal
This ordinance was created to clarify the rights people have in terms of using solar power. Specifically, there are limits to the creation of solar power rights, as well as a permitting and recording requirements... Read More
County of Teton Natural, Scenic, Agricultural, and Tourism Resources Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Development Standards, Ridgeline Protection, Scenic Resources, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Wyoming
Municipal
This ridgeline ordinance prohibits any ridgeline development from "skylining" meaning that no sky can be seen behind the structure as seen from specified public roads... 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
Municipal
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
City of Mountlake Terrace Transportation Impact Fees Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Transportation & Land Use Planning, Transportation Efficient Development    
Washington
Municipal
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
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
Town of Apex Exterior Lighting Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Lighting    
North Carolina
Municipal
While the primary purpose of the ordinance is for human safety and minimizing the negative effects of lighting disturbance to neighboring properties, reducing excessive lighting not only conserves energy, but also increases visibility of the night sky resource... Read More
Town of Brookhaven Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Quality of Life, Urban Renewal    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 82 if the Town Code for the Town of Brookhaven is aimed at preserving aesthetic integrity of residential neighborhoods, preventing neighborhood blight, protecting residential property values, encouraging residential property maintenance and enhancing the quality of life in residential neighborhoods. .. Read More
State of North Carolina Statutory Rules Ordinance – Counties
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Local Governance, State Land Use Law    
North Carolina
State
In 1973, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted § 153-4, which provides that “the counties of this state should have adequate authority to execute the powers, duties, privileges, and immunities conferred upon them by law. To this end, the provisions of this Chapter and of local acts shall be broadly construed and grants of power shall be construed to include any additional and supplementary powers that are reasonably necessary or expedient to carry them into execution and effect.” Thus counties are granted the same legislative rule of broa.. Read More
City of Fairbault Zoning and Development Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Minnesota
Municipal
Fairbault, Minnesota permits solar energy systems in all of its zoning districts. In a separate sub-section within its Code of Ordinances, Fairbault lists a few solar energy systems regulations that only apply to properties that have more than four square feet of solar panels. These regulations include a maximum of one hundred twenty square feet of solar panels on one property parcel; specific requirements for roof-mounted and ground-mounted systems; and that an applicant must obtain building and electrical permits for all systems over four squ.. 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
The City of Redmond Site Requirements for Residential Zones Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Development Standards, Land Use Planning, Planned Development Districts    
Washington
Municipal
The City of Redmond established basic site requirements for residential zones while implementing Redmond’s Comprehensive Plan, the Growth Management Act, and the County-Wide Planning Policies. These requirements set basic dimensional standards for residential development while providing flexibility in project design, maintaining privacy between adjacent users, and preventing public nuisances. There is a prescribed level of permitted density, this is to maintain a consistent and compatible land use pattern in Redmond’s residential neighborhood. .. Read More
County of Calcasieu Parish Coastal Zone Management Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Coastal Protection    
Louisiana
Municipal
Officially adopted in 1986, this ordinance allows the parish to take over more control and monitoring of the natural resources of the gulf coast. Although the ordinance is based on a state program, the program is optional and the ordinance gives the parish flexibility in the specifics. According to Pam Sturrock of the Calcasieu Parish Office of Planning and Development, the ordinance has been effective and relatively simple to enforce (Personal communication, April 9, 2003). .. Read More
City of Nashville Ordinance Approving Development of Low-Rent Scattered Site Housing
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Affordable Housing    
Tennessee
Municipal
This ordinance adopts a proposed “scattered site” affordable housing scheme. The ordinance recognizes the public benefit of creating “housing for persons of low-income in ‘scattered’ rather than ‘project’ settings.” .. Read More
City of San Marcos Edwards Aquifer Protection Regulations
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Aquifer Protection    
Texas
Municipal
In San Marcos, Texas Code of Ordinances, Chapter 94 Development Standards, Edwards Aquifer Protection Regulations. The purpose of this ordinance is to protect the Edwards Aquifer from pollution. The aquifer has significant environmental, economic, and recreational values. The ordinance regulates development over the aquifer in order to protect health and environmental features such as endangered species. It functions by limiting impervious coverage in the recharge and transition zones of the aquifer... Read More
City of Portland, Oregon Code, Title 33.218- Community Design Standards
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Historic District Preservation, Solar Energy, Zoning    
Oregon
Municipal
Within their Community Design Standards, Portland, Oregon eliminated discretionary review of solar energy systems that adhere to community design standards, thereby making it easier for solar panels to be installed in historic districts... Read More
City of Aberdeen Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Alternative Energy, Solar Energy, Zoning    
South Dakota
Municipal
The purpose of this chapter is to encourage alternative energy systems within the City of Aberdeen. The goal is to have a more positive impact on energy conservation while having a limited adverse impact on the City’s community. Chapter 163 defines terms associated with wind and solar energy systems and outlines their placement and design standards within City borders. However, in order for a solar energy system to be permitted as an accessory in any zoning district, a person must first apply for a building permit. This can cause a barrier to s.. Read More
City of Boulder Code § 9-9-17 Solar Access Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Monday, December 18, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Colorado
Municipal
The City of Boulder, Colorado’s solar access regulation divides the city into three solar access areas to provide maximum solar access protection for each area, consistent with planned densities, topography, and lot configurations and orientations. The regulation then establishes solar fences in two of these solar access areas. Each solar fence completely encloses a lot in question, and its foundation is contiguous with lot lines. Further, solar fences are vertical, opaque, and lack any thickness. The regulation then forbids the construction of.. 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
Village of Briarcliff Westchester County Greenway Compact Plan Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Intermunicipal Agreements, Local Environmental Law, Zoning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The Village of Briarcliff has become a participating member in the intermunicipal agreement (the Greenway Compact) pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law of the State of New York. Accepted amendments to the Greenway Compact are to be adopted by the Village of Briarcliff Manor and proposed amendments that are rejected are not to be considered amendments to the Village of Briarcliff, unless the Village determines these amendments and policies are in conflict with their comprehensive plan, which the Village Council has ultimate power to ap.. Read More
City of Lindsborg Design Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Kansas
Municipal
In Lindsborg’s Code of Ordinances, the City has created certain design requirements for all zoning districts to adhere to. Within these design requirements, Lindsborg aims to encourage, where appropriate, the “conservation of energy through the use of both passive and active solar systems.” In order to accommodate solar design, the City requires that streets in residential subdivisions have an east-west alignment when possible. Lindsborg also permits a subdivider to grant or establish a solar skyspace easement to protect solar energy systems fr.. Read More
City of Hayward Green Buildings Requirements for Municipal and Private Developments
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
California
Municipal
The City of Hayward is the sixth largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area. As of 2007, Hayward’s estimated population was 155,312 residents. The City has a total area of 63 square miles, of which 29.68% is water. The City is located on the Hayward Fault, an earthquake fault, which is still the center of town. Hayward has transit stations for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), a heavy-rail system that connects San Francisco with various East Bay cities. Hayward is located in the environmentally active California San Francisco Bay, and the C.. Read More
State of North Carolina Environmental Impact Review Procedures
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Environmental Impact Review Requirements, State Land Use Law    
North Carolina
State
North Carolina’s Environmental Policy Act, found at Article 1 in Chapter 113A, is modeled on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The act applies to state agencies, but not local agencies. Under § 113A-8 of the act, however, local governments may require by ordinance “any special-purpose unit of the government or private developer of a major development project” to submit an environmental impact statement, as defined at § 113A-4(2). Any such ordinance must be applied consistently and shall exempt projects for which an EIS or its equiva.. Read More
Town of Eden Agriculture Advisory Committee
Date Added: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Local Boards, Agriculture, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 5 of the Town Code for the Town of Eden creates the Agricultural Advisory Committee for the Town and describes its powers and duties. .. Read More
City of Brandon Land Disturbance and Erosion Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
Mississippi
Municipal
This ordinance is a means of controlling typical problems associated with erosion, and other land disturbances. Uniform permit standards apply to such projects that alter, improve, or disturb any natural drainage crevice, sinkhole, ditch, known subterranean water channel, closed systems, catch basins, dry wells or any other drainage facilities whether natural or constructed. (Ord. of 1-6-98, § 1).. Read More
County of Blue Earth Livestock Manure Management Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Local Environmental Law, Agriculture, Manure Management    
New York
Municipal
The goal of this ordinance is to minimize the pollution from domestic manure. Standards have been set to control methods of storage, distribution, spreading, and animal confinement, in order to minimize impacts on land, water, and air... Read More
City of Scottsdale Historic Property Zoning
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Historic Preservation, Overlay District    
Arizona
Municipal
The (HP) Historic Property zoning overlay district is intended to protect and enhance the cultural, historical, social or archaeological heritage of the City of Scottsdale. The HP District encourages the retention of historic resources by keeping them in active use in their original appearance, setting, and placement... Read More
City of Mapleton Critical Environmental Zone Clustering
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Clustering & Cluster Development    
Utah
Municipal
The Mapleton City Critical Environmental Zone includes an allowance for cluster zoning when such zoning will improve ridgeline protection, decrease or not increase environmental hazards, and decrease the cost of infrastructure to the city. While the overall allowed density is not increased, dwellings that have been approved for clustering are allowed an increase in density from one dwelling per three acres to one dwelling per acre. Designed open space in approved cluster development may be owned by the city or an approved non-profit. .. Read More
City of Las Vegas Landscaping Ordinance: Turf Limitation
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Water Conservation    
Nevada
Municipal
The City of Las Vegas Landscaping code includes a section limiting area that may be covered with turf in order to reduce irrigation requirements in the water limited desert of Nevada. Turf limitations range from 25% to 50% of landscapable land on a parcel that may be planted with turf based on the type of development. The remaining cover is to be water efficient landscaping. .. Read More
City of Jersey City Green Building Initiative for Municipal Projects & Green Building Incentives
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
New Jersey
Municipal
Jersey City, New Jersey, is part of the New York metropolitan area and lies on the west bank of the Hudson River across from Lower Manhattan, where about 26% of its employed residents work. Jersey City has a population of 242,389 with a density of roughly 16,045.5 people per square mile across a total area of 21.1 square miles (14.9 comprised of land and 6.2 of water). Jersey City is a port city, commercial and industrial center, and transportation terminus, although parts of the city remain under-utilized after years of commercial inactivity.. Read More
Iowa City Sensitive Areas Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Comprehensive Planning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Iowa
Municipal
The Sensitive Areas Ordinance (14-6K-1) was created to implement the environmental policies of the city’s comprehensive plan. It defines the reasonable use of properties which contain environmentally sensitive features. Sensitive features include wetlands, fully hydric soils, prairies remnants one acre or larger, stream corridors, archeological sites, steep slopes (18-24%), critical slopes (25-39%), protected slopes (40%+), and woodlands greater than or equal to 2 acres... Read More
Town of Gardiner Permanent Open Space Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Open Space Preservation    
New York
Municipal
The Permanent Open Space ordinance regulates the development, ownership, and maintenance of space/ land that has been set aside permanently for nonuse. The code ensures that permanent open space will comport with township rules and guidelines. The regulation provides for ownership of permanent open space by state and private owners. Open space protection provides for preservation of easements, roads, highways, and developments... Read More
Town of Gardiner Open Space Development Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Development Standards, Open Space Preservation, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Open Space Development ordinance implements procedures to allow for development of protected and preserved land, while preserving the natural attributes of the land. Conservation analysis shall take place to plan open space developments. Applicants must prepare inventory maps, surveys, topography maps, and descriptions of the land. Planning Board will make final determinations on the value of the lands preserved. .. Read More
North Carolina Watershed Planning Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Watershed Planning    
North Carolina
State
Section 143-214.5 requires local governments to adopt water-supply watershed management programs to improve or protect future or existing water supplies. The state Environmental Management Commission designates locations that qualify as watersheds and which thus must be protected under this section. § 143-214.5(d). A local government’s program must meet the minimum standards established by the state Environmental Management Commission. § 143-214.5(a). The Commission is directed to assist local governments in creating their programs in part by d.. Read More
Town of Gardiner Zoning Definitions & Word Use Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Zoning    
New York
Municipal
This law provides the definition of terms used in Gardiner’s zoning laws. Some of the definitions listed include: wetland, dwelling, central sewage system, commercial excavation, development, impervious surface, junkyard, kennel, farm operation, floor area, lot, mobile home, principle use or structure, substantial improvement, and watercourse... Read More
Buildings and Building Regulation Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
Georgia
Municipal
Under the Doraville, Georgia buildings and building regulation, the City formally adopts Version 2.2 of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction and Major Renovations rating system (LEED-NC), any future amendments thereto will be reviewed by the City before consideration is given to the adoption of such amendments. Doraville is a northern suburb of Atlanta and covers 3.6 square miles with almost 11,000 residents. The area typically has hot humid summers and mild, but occasiona.. 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
City of Lincoln Flood Plain District
Date Added: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Floodplain Regulations    
Nebraska
Municipal
The current ordinances of Lincoln are currently being posted in anticipation of the revised ordinances which are expected to be passed by the summer of 2004. The revised ordinances, which are specifically for new-growth areas, endorse the policy of No Adverse Impact, and the regulations reflect these tenets with provisions that include “no net rise”, “compensatory storage” and “minimum flood corridor.”.. Read More
Philadelphia, PA Executive Order NO. 5-09: Establishment of a Complete Streets Policy
Date Added: Monday, June 25, 2018
Healthy Communities, Complete Streets    
Pennsylvania
Municipal
Executive Order NO. 5-09 establishes a Complete Streets Policy, and recognizes that increasing public transit use, walking, and bicycling can result in a healthier population, cleaner air, reduced traffic, livable neighborhoods, and less reliance on fossil fuels. It also provides that all City departments and agencies shall give full consideration to accommodation of the safety of all users of transportation systems (pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users, vehicle drivers) regarding decisions made. The Complete Streets Policy is an integ.. Read More
State of Illinois Conservation Area Zoning – Township Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Open Space Preservation, State Land Use Law, Zoning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Illinois
State
Under 60 ILL. COMP. STAT. 1/115-10 et seq. (2004), corporate township authorities are granted broad authority to establish subsidiary boards to study and make recommendations for the conservation of open space in order to “maintain or enhance the conservation of natural or scenic resources.” After such a board is established, a township board may acquire, designate, plan, and zone by ordinance areas to conserve open space and other natural resources, and promote sustainable development. A township may acquire land targeted for open space preser.. Read More
County of Davidson Environmental Performance Standards
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Zoning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Tennessee
Municipal
This ordinance is predicated on the concept that land use policy decisions and zoning decisions must be made in the context of the land’s characteristics and sound environmental science. The actual language states, “The choice of residential land uses should be based on site-specific characteristics which coincide with the many available varieties of housing. Commercial land use decision-making, conversely, is likely driven more by market forces, such as location or access, than by site characteristics. It is the intent of this article to offer.. Read More
State of Illinois Scenic Resource Protection – Township Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Local Boards, Scenic Resources, State Land Use Law, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Illinois
State
Under 60 ILL. COMP. STAT. 1/115-45 (2004), corporate township authorities are granted broad authority to establish subsidiary boards to study and make recommendations for the conservation of open space in order to “maintain or enhance the conservation of natural or scenic resources.” After such a board is established, a township board may acquire, designate, plan, and zone by ordinance areas to conserve open space and other natural resources and promote sustainable development. A township may acquire land targeted for open space preservation lo.. Read More
Town of North Hampton Open Space Acquisition Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, October 17, 2016
Land Acquisition    
New Hampshire
Municipal
This is the text of the ordinance that was brought to vote to allow North Hampton to authorize the issuance of bonds and notes and allow the selectman to use them toward the acquisition of property or easements. This ordinance, along with the open space committee, North Hampton Forever, has been working to acquire land... Read More
City of Columbia Land Preservation Act
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Stormwater Management, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Missouri
Municipal
The Columbia Code of Ordinance Land Preservation Act protects people and land by taking action to control stormwater runoff through regulating disturbances, preserving trees, and controlling stormwater drainage. .. Read More
Licking Township Sewage Sludge Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Sewage Management    
Pennsylvania
Municipal
This ordinance from Licking Township, Clarion County, Pennsylvania requires that each ton of sewage sludge intended for land application be tested to prove that the levels of pollutants, pathogens, and vector attractants that are listed in the Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Regulations have not been exceeded. The township is concerned regarding potential harmful effects to its residents and local environment. A tipping fee is levied to pay for the collection and testing of truckload samples. This ordinance also requires that any type of sludge.. Read More
Town of Brookhaven Transfer of Development Rights Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Affordable Housing , Transfer of Development Rights (TDR), Workforce Housing    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Brookhaven has determined that a transfer of development rights program is necessary to prevent adverse impacts due to inappropriate development, to facilitate the objectives of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and to provide relief in cases of hardship. This is accomplished through a Transfer of Development Rights Program and Transfer of Development Rights Clearinghouse of which the establishment and implementation of such is given in this local law, including the use of such a program in association with Multiple Family Housing, Pl.. Read More
Town of Cazenovia Lake Watershed Residential Use District
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Development Standards, Open Space Preservation, Site Design Standards, Watershed Protection, Zoning, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
§ 165-11 and § 165-12 of the Town Code for the Town of Cazenovia list several regulations that are designed to limit the use of the lake and the development of property around the lake. Buildings in the designated area around the lake, except for churches and schools, have height limits, and buildings and lots have minimum size requirements. No machinery, equipment, or vehicles used in a business can be stored outside. Boat houses cannot be used for residential purposes and are limited by size and structure requirements. Recreational use an.. Read More
Town of Hyde Park Zoning Law Purposes Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Zoning, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
The purpose of § 108-4 of the Town Code for the Town of Hyde Park is to protect and promote public health, safety, comfort, convenience, economy, aesthetics, general welfare, along with the preservation of the natural, agricultural and cultural resources of the Town of Hyde Park, and to serve other enumerated purposes in this ordinance such as promoting the success of the Town’s comprehensive plan, and encouraging smart growth... Read More
County of Baltimore Property Tax Credit for High Performance Buildings and Homes
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
Maryland
Municipal
Baltimore County, Maryland is part of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area. As of 2004 Baltimore County’s population was estimated to be 763,181. Baltimore County’s boundaries do not actually include the City of Baltimore. The northern regions of Baltimore County are primarily rural, home to old deciduous forests. The County’s population density is 1,260 people per square mile, and the County has a total area of 682 square miles. Baltimore County’s green building incentives come in the form of property tax. Properties that may receive .. Read More
City of Austin Save Our Springs Initiative Petition Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Aquifer Protection, Drinking Water Protection & Conservation    
Texas
Municipal
The purpose of the ordinance is “to preserve a clean and safe drinking water supply, to prevent further degradation of the water quality in Barton Creek, Barton Springs, and the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer, to provide for fair, consistent, and cost effective administration of the City's watershed protection ordinances, and to promote the public health, safety, and welfare.” The ordinance limits impervious coverage on certain areas of the Edwards Aquifer watershed and establishes regulations for buffers around specific water quality zones of.. 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
Buncombe County Land Development and Subdivision Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Steep Slope Protection, Stormwater Management, Subdivision Regulations    
North Carolina
Municipal
The purpose of this chapter of the Buncombe County Land Development and Subdivision Ordinance is to establish procedures and standards for the subdivision of land within the county to facilitate the adequate provision of streets, water, sewage, disposal, and other considerations essential to public health, safety, and general welfare. Section 70-66 sets forth general requirements of subdivision standards to serve this purpose. These include conformity to existing maps or plans, the continuation of adjoining road systems and road names whenever .. Read More
Town of Denton Zoning Bufferyard Requirements; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Maryland
Municipal
According to Denton, Maryland’s zoning chapter, solar collectors and similar equipment, fixtures, and devices are exempt from district height limitation set forth within the rest of the chapter. The chapter, however, makes no mention of where solar collectors are actually permitted. Additionally, within its Bufferyard Requirements Appendix, the Town of Denton makes a small mention of solar access. In a sub-section under the Plant Material section, the Town allows for understory trees to be substituted for canopy trees where canopy trees would d.. Read More
City of Evansville Environmental Protection Agency
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Enforcement, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Indiana
Municipal
The Evansville Environmental Protection Agency, through the ordinances in its portion of the city code, is tasked with control air and noise pollution. Although not an especially innovative set of environmental ordinances, it sets clear standards and enforcement mechanisms and is a good example of local command and control ordinances... Read More
City of Boynton Beach Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Florida
Municipal
Boynton Beach, Florida has incorporated Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Arrays regulations within its Zoning Code in a separate subsection. In that subsection, Boynton Beach lists height, location, and rooftop requirements. The PV Arrays sub-section also describes regulations for wall mounted or flush to a building or structure solar energy systems. These regulations include a required yard setback by more than three feet, a minimum dimension of nine feet, and a wall mounted PV array design that is compatible with the structure and surface to which it .. Read More
Washington Township Town Center District Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Transportation & Land Use Planning, Transportation Efficient Development    
New Jersey
Municipal
Washington Township’s “Town Center District” ordinance establishes standards for four different town center districts that create a mixed-use of housing, commercial, public and open space. It articulates policy statements to guide the review of all development applications within town center districts. There are 22 policies, including one that promotes a multi-modal transportation system, one that discourages uses that are automobile dependent, and one that promotes the creation of spaces that promote social interaction. The ordinance establ.. 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
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
City of Tumwater Local Natural Resource Protection Ordinance (Comprehensive)
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Aquifer Protection, Right-to-Farm, Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
Washington
Municipal
This comprehensive environmental ordinance, portions of which have been added over the past twenty years, addresses a breadth of environmental concerns. These include protection standards for; trees and vegetation, aquifers, wetlands, fish and wildlife, as well as provisions for the right-to-farm, right-to-mine, and commute trip reduction. This ordinance is particularly unique in that it does not appear to be in response to a state level statute, as are many other local ordinances in Washington State. .. Read More
State of Illinois Site Plans Control – County Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Floodplain Regulations, Site Design Standards, State Land Use Law, Stormwater Management    
Illinois
State
Corporate county authorities may require by ordinance that any map or plat of land not within a municipality be submitted and approved by appropriate authorities. County authorities may establish “reasonable rules and regulations” to protect of community and natural resources, as well as surface waterways and drainage basins, associated with water supply. Furthermore, county authorities may include reasonable requirements applicable to water supply, sewage collection, and floodplain and stormwater management. Pursuant to 55 ILL. COMP. STAT. 5/5.. Read More
Town of Yorktown Erosion and Sediment Control Permit Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Yorktown Erosion Control Ordinance requires landowners to obtain a permit for all land disturbing activities not exempted. Each permit must contain information about site conditions, the proposed activity, and an erosion and sediment control plan which allows the approval board to make informed decisions. General standards are also set forth in order to ensure that actions are taken to minimize the potential for erosion and to reduce the harmful effects on adjacent resources. Further, the ordinance requires activities exempted fr.. Read More
Town of Geneva, New York Zoning Code § 130-4: Solar collectors and installations for major systems or solar farms
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
§ 130-4 of the Geneva Zoning Code is called Solar collectors and installations for major systems or solar farms. It highlights the requirements a solar system must follow to be allowed within all zoning districts in Geneva. This section also highlights the provisions of a decommissioning plan for solar sites, which must be included with all applications... Read More
City of Belfast Energy and Efficiency Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Maine
Municipal
Within its Zoning Code, the city of Belfast in Maine has incorporated a chapter to enable its citizens to participate in a Property Assessed Clean Energy (“PACE”) Program. The PACE Program will create opportunities for “owners of qualifying propert[ies]” to “access financing for energy saving improvements to their properties.” This Program, under Belfast’s chapter, creates these financing opportunities for not only solar thermal systems, but also many other renewable sources such as photovoltaic systems, biomass systems, landfill gas to energy .. Read More
Town of Goshen Establishment of an Agricultural Land Preservation Fund
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Agriculture    
Connecticut
Municipal
The town of Goshen established a fund for the purpose of preserving land for agricultural preservation. The fund will be used to purchase agricultural lands and to preserve those lands... Read More
Comprehensive Plan for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Comprehensive Planning    
New Mexico
Municipal
This comprehensive plan has several interesting provisions for natural drainage systems through arroyo protection. The plan also includes transportation provisions to create a more bicycle friendly transportation system. .. Read More
City of Minneapolis Demolition of Vacant Properties Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Vacant & Distressed Properties    
Minnesota
Municipal
Minnesota state statues allow cities to enact ordinances to handle the problems associated with hazardous and vacant buildings. In turn, the Minneapolis legislature enacted a statute authorizing the city to rehabilitate or demolish buildings to enhance livability, preserve the tax base, and abate public nuisances created by these buildings. The ordinance allows the director of inspections to secure vacant and hazardous buildings and serve notice on the property owner. If the owner fails to reply within six days, the director may authoriz.. 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
City of St. Louis Floodplain Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Floodplain Regulations    
Missouri
Municipal
The floodplain protection in the St Louis Revised Code lays out everything from the duties of the floodplain administrator to flood hazard reduction techniques and management procedures. It sets specific design criteria, for example that residences may not have living spaces below one food above flood level, or that commercial buildings use space below groundlevel only for parking... 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
Municipal
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
State of New York Hudson River Valley Greenway
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
   
New York
State
This law is enacted to preserve and protect natural resources along the Hudson River Valley. The law creates and empowers both the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council and the Greenway Heritage Conservancy for the Hudson River Valley, and gives these agencies the responsibility for carrying out the goals stated above. .. Read More
New York State Town – Transfer of Development Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Historic Preservation, Open Space Preservation, Scenic Resources, State Land Use Law, Transfer of Development Rights (TDR), Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
State
This law gives town boards in New York State the authority to provide for transfer of development rights. The purpose of providing for transfer of development rights is to protect the natural, scenic or agricultural qualities of open lands, to enhance sites and areas of special character or special historical, cultural, aesthetic or economic interest or value and to enable and encourage flexibility of design and careful management of land in recognition of land as a basic and valuable natural resource. .. 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 Lenexa Landscaping & Site Design Standards Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Landscaping, Site Design Standards    
Kansas
Municipal
This ordinance establishes landscaping standards for new site development in accordance with conservation and preservation goals. It dictates landscaping techniques, as well as strict regulations for the removal of existing vegetation... 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
Town of Croton-on-Hudson Environmental Compliance Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Environmental Compliance    
New York
Municipal
This ordinance creates the position of an environmental consultant empowered to monitor new development to ensure that it is being complete in full compliance with the Town’s environmental protection laws. .. Read More
Town of Chapel Hill Energy Conservation in Design and Construction of New and Renovated Town Buildings
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
North Carolina
Municipal
Chapel Hill, North Carolina passed an “Energy Conservation in Design and Construction of New and Renovated Town Buildings” ordinance to require the greening of public buildings. The ordinance makes it mandatory for new municipal buildings and additions greater than 5,000 square feet to achieve “Silver” level LEED certification. The ordinance also gives the Town Council authority to require buildings and additions smaller than 5,000 square feet to achieve LEED silver certification. The ordinance does not apply to retrofits or renovations of t.. Read More
City of Kingston Mixed Use Overlay District
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Affordable Housing , Mixed/Multiple Use, Overlay District    
New York
Municipal
This law creates the Mixed Use Overlay District, which is intended to provide affordable multifamily housing to low income families. .. Read More
City of Kingston Historic Preservation Commission
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Historic Preservation    
New York
Municipal
This law creates The Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission, as well as the guidelines for the Commission to follow. .. Read More
Town of La Grange Training Requirements for Planning Board Members Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Local Boards, Mandatory Training    
New York
Municipal
This law requires land use training for planning board members in The Town of La Grange. This law also enumerates other powers and duties of the Planning Board... Read More
City of Pekin Groundwater Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Aquifer Protection    
Illinois
Municipal
This ordinance is designed to protect and preserve the quality and quantity of groundwater resources through the establishment of setback zones and regulation of routes and sources of contamination. General activities and uses that are prohibited in setback zones are delineated, including the establishment of new potential primary or secondary sources and routes of contamination. Provisions for exclusions, permits, waivers, and fines up to a $1000 for violations of the ordinance are included... Read More
City of Fort Collins Code § 3.2.3(E)(1) - Solar Access Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Colorado
Municipal
The City of Fort Collins, Colorado adopted solar access, orientation, and shading provisions in its site plan regulations. These provisions require an applicant to locate and design all physical elements in the development plan so that they accommodate active and/or passive solar installations to the extent reasonably feasible. Subsection [C] requires at least 65 percent of lots less than 15,000 square feet in area in single- and two-family residential developments to conform to the regulatory definition of “solar-oriented lot” to preserve the .. Read More
City of Albuquerque Environmental Planning Commission
Date Added: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
New Mexico
Municipal
These ordinances create boards to deal with Environmental Planning, Beautification, the Albuquerque Bicycle Network, Open Space, and Recreational Trails. .. Read More
Town of Mendon Environmental Protection Overlay Districts Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Flood Prevention, Historic Preservation, Official Map, Overlay District, Scenic Resources, Sewage Management, Steep Slope Protection, Timber Harvesting, Zoning, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
This law creates environmental protection overlay districts for the Town of Mendon, NY. The districts include: Wetland Protection Overlay District, Steep Slope Protection Overlay District, Watercourse Protection Overlay District, Scenic Vista Protection Overlay District, Historic Preservation Overlay District, Waste Disposal Overlay District, Woodlot and Timber Harvesting Protection Overlay District, Flood Damage Prevention Overlay District, and Soils Susceptible to Ponding Overlay District. .. Read More
Washington State Growth Management Act
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Comprehensive Planning    
Washington
State
Under the Growth Management Act, cities and counties that meet designated population thresholds are required to adopt comprehensive plans. The Act establishes mandatory elements of comprehensive plans: land use; housing; capital facilities; utilities; rural; transportation; economic development; and park and recreation. .. Read More
City of Mansfield Natural Resources Management Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Landscaping, Tree Preservation & Protection, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Texas
Municipal
This ordinance establishes criteria and regulations for the preservation of trees within the City. The purpose of this ordinance is to promote site planning which furthers the preservation of mature trees and natural areas, to protect trees during construction; to facilitate site design and construction, which contribute to the long term viability of existing trees. This ordinance also requires that persons must obtain a tree removal permit before cutting down, destroying, or removing any protected tree as defined by the ordinance. .. Read More
City of Albany Zoning Ordinance; Section 375-93- Solar Energy Equipment
Date Added: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
Within its Zoning Ordinance, the City of Albany outlines its solar energy systems requirements in its own section, § 375-93. In it, the City requires that any person who wishes to install a solar energy system in a C-1 Neighborhood Commercial District shall have the installation reviewed by the Planning staff prior to the issuance of the building permit. This process will increase the amount of time and administrative requirements necessary to install these systems, becoming a barrier to their implementation. .. Read More
Town of Clifton Park Open Space Incentive Zoning
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Incentive Zoning, Open Space Preservation    
New York
Municipal
This law gives the Town Board to grant incentives to private land developers to advance the town’s specific policies in accordance with the Town’s GEIS for the western lands of Clifton Park, the 2003 Comprehensive Plan update, the 2003 Open Space Plan, and in coordination with other community planning mechanisms or land use techniques. .. Read More
City of Lewes Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Delaware
Municipal
Despite its lengthy Zoning Chapter, the City of Lewes in Delaware only mentions solar panels once throughout the entire chapter. The Chapter states that the Lewes Historic Preservation Commission may not deny the addition of solar panels in the city’s Historic District except to designate reasonable alternative design and/or placement. .. Read More
City of Santa Fe Terrain and Stormwater Management Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Stormwater Management    
New Mexico
Municipal
The Santa Fe Terrain and Stormwater Management Ordinance is designed to help capture stormwater and increase its infiltration in order to reduce substantial erosion hazards due to uncontrolled runoff, and to conserve and capture water resources. There are exemptions for development meeting such standards as less than 1000 SF of land disturbance and on slopes less than 10%. The ordinance provides for minimum grading standards, soil engineering reports if over 1,000 cubic yards of earth is moved, and the use of BMPs during construction. There are.. Read More
City of Hudson Watershed Rules Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Watershed Protection, Drinking Water Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
Law requiring minimum distances between potentially polluting activities and the public water supply sources. The law also restricts activities the City has deemed harmful to the health, safety and welfare of its citizens. .. 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
City of Peoria Desert Lands Conservation Overlay
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Overlay District, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Arizona
Municipal
The Desert Lands Conservation Overlay (DLCO) of the City of Peoria is designed to protect desert hillsides in the City from development. It seeks to protect the sensitive habitats of the Sonoran Desert found in Peoria by providing controls for the development of desert conservation features such as ridges and peaks, major rock outcrops, critical wildlife habitat corridors, washes and riparian habitats... Read More
New York State Town Law – Official Maps, Changes Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Official Map, State Land Use Law, Zoning    
New York
State
This law grants town boards the authority to make changes to their town’s official map. .. Read More
City of Santa Fe Comprehensive Water Conservation Requirements
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Aquifer Protection, Water Conservation    
New Mexico
Municipal
This ordinance is from the Santa Fe Code of Ordinances. It requires all new building to use “low flow” water conservation fixtures in bathroom and kitchen areas, also all residents must retrofit their homes to include these devices by Jan. 1, 2003. All eating establishments will provide water to customers only upon request. Outdoor irrigation is prohibited during the mid-day hours. Use of greywater (recycled water from sources other than the water closet or kitchen sink) is encouraged for landscaping purposes as in compliance with New Mexico st.. 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
Town of Clifton Park Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
In Clifton Park, New York, solar arrays, both ground- or pole-mounted, are permitted as a special use in Agricultural/Residential 3 Districts, Residential 1 Districts, Conservation Residential Zones, and Hamlet Residential Districts. Clifton Park outlines factors in a separate subsection to be considered by the Planning Board in determining the sighting requirements for solar installation in these zoning districts. These factors include the “setbacks proposed and available in relation to other applicable setbacks for the zone within which the i.. Read More
City of St. Louis Flood Plain Areas Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Floodplain Regulations    
Missouri
Municipal
The floodplain protection in the St Louis Revised Code lays out everything from the duties of the floodplain administrator to flood hazard reduction techniques and management procedures. It sets specific design criteria, for example that residences may not have living spaces below one food above flood level, or that commercial buildings use space below groundlevel only for parking... Read More
City of Albuquerque Subdivision Plat Procedures & Submission Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Local Boards, Pre-Application & Consensus Building    
New Mexico
Municipal
There is a moment reserved in the process for subdivision plat approvals where the applicant may be advised to schedule a review session with the Development Review Board by the Planning Director. In addition, mediation is considered as one of several methods of resolving conflicts arising through the complaint process for regulations in the zoning code, including those for community residential programs and emergency shelters. .. Read More
San Francisco Green Building Code
Date Added: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Development Standards, Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
California
Municipal
To ensure that all buildings are healthy, sustainable places to live, work and learn, the San Francisco Green Building Code requirements reduce energy and water use, divert waste from landfills, encourage alternate modes of transportation, and support the health and comfort of building occupants in San Francisco. The 2008 green building requirements apply to newly constructed residential and commercial buildings and for major renovations to existing buildings. New construction in San Francisco must meet all applicable California codes, provide .. Read More
Village of Manorhaven Soil Erosion Control Standards
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
New York
Municipal
This ordinance was designed to control erosion and pollution during development, redevelopment and landscaping. In addition to requiring construction to follow the State’s Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Urban Guidelines for Best Management Practices, the ordinance requires that there be no measurable increase in erosion off the construction site. This ordinance also includes pollution prevention measures and waterfront building requirements to protect the Manhassett Bay and waters feeding the Long Island Sound... 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
Conservation and Development: Comprehensive Plan Region 10 Alaska
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Comprehensive Planning    
Alaska
Municipal
The Juneau Comprehensive Plan sets out both sustainable growth visions and natural resource goals for the borough. Adopted in 1995, the plan states policy goals and options for implementing these goals. With respect to development, the plan calls for compact urban areas to minimize environmental impacts and protect natural resources. The natural resources chapter highlights Juneau’s unique natural setting and the importance of regulating habitat and resource protection at the local level. It calls for the protection of wetlands and streams, w.. Read More
Town of Yorktown Article II: Conservation Board; § 10-7. Creation; Powers & Duties; Membership
Date Added: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Yorktown has created a Conservation Board pursuant to General Municipal Law section 239-x. The Town Board appoints ten members to the Conservation Board and the conservation board members serve for three year terms... 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 Brookhaven Critical Environmental Areas and SEQRA Implementation
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Environmental Impact Review Requirements, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
This law creates a list of Type I and Type II actions, for the purpose of the Town implementing the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). .. Read More
Town of Bedford Aquifer Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Aquifer Protection, Overlay District    
New York
Municipal
This ordinance delineates an aquifer protection zone where certain uses and activities are regulated or prohibited. It includes a Table of Uses and their Wastewater Equivalents, which can aid in community development and planning. The boundaries of the protected zone are delineated on an official map, prepared by hydrogeologists... Read More
Proposed Hatfield Zoning Amendment - Water Supply Protection District
Date Added: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Aquifer Protection, Water Conservation    
Massachusetts
Municipal
This zoning amendment delineates the boundaries of the Water Supply Protection District and specifies what uses are prohibited or restricted inside of the district, such as the prohibition of a certain percentage of impervious surface. The requirements for obtaining special permits, which may only be granted provided that no adverse effect on water quality or quantity occurs, are also described... Read More
City of Fargo Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative
Date Added: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Incentive Zoning    
North Dakota
Municipal
The Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRI) is an effort in Fargo to encourage growth in the city center. The program offers economic incentives for residents to move into older single-family homes in the downtown area instead of developing on the City’s fringe. The incentives to develop an older home include low interest loans, child care assistance and gap financing (Stein 2003)... Read More
Town of Erwin Viewshed Protection Overlay District
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Overlay District, Ridgeline Protection, Scenic Resources    
New York
Municipal
This law provides a very detailed set of regulations with the primary purpose of protecting the viewshed and natural beauty of the town... Read More
Town of Livonia Land Conservation Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Floodplain Regulations, Historic Preservation, Open Space Preservation, Scenic Resources, Steep Slope Protection, Watershed Protection, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
This law outlines the Town’s procedure for creating Land Conservation Areas, and for protecting these areas from potentially harmful development. These areas were created on the basis of a soil and existing land use survey, and have been grouped in to seven categories, which include: natural forest/woodland, wetland, steep slope, floodplain, major scenic overlook, stream corridor, watershed and sites of historical/archaeological significance. .. 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 Hilton Head Island Real Estate Transfer Fee Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Real Estate Transfer Fee    
North Carolina
Municipal
Hilton Head’s Real Estate Transfer Fee is the only one of its kind in the state of South Carolina because it was enacted three years prior to the General Assembly’s adoption of S.C. Code Ann. § 6-1-70 , which forbade real estate real estate transfer fees and taxes. However, § 6-1-70 grandfathered all such fees that were in existence prior to January 1, 1991. The year prior to the General Assembly’s adoption of § 6-1-70, the Supreme Court of South Carolina upheld the ordinance as “necessary and proper for the general welfare of the citizens o.. Read More
Township of Caln Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Pennsylvania
Municipal
The Township of Caln in Pennsylvania has integrated two sections in its zoning code on solar energy production facilities, Section 155-98, and solar photovoltaic systems, Section 155-126. In Section 155-98, solar energy production facilities are permitted by conditional use in the Institutional Zoning District and include design standards and specifications such as a minimum net lot area, a maximum height, and the overall facility design. Section 155-126 aims to promote the safe, effective, and efficient use of solar energy systems. The section.. 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
Municipal
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
Town of North Castle Parkland Reservations Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Recreational Uses, Site Plan Approval, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
It is the intent of the Town Board to require the provision of parkland and recreation land in conjunction with the granting of site development plan approval for multifamily uses in all zoning districts of the Town of North Castle where such uses are permitted. The Town of North Castle finds that multifamily housing places an added burden on the Town of North Castle in regard to providing adequate park and recreation areas to service the needs of the inhabitants of such housing. In the event that it is not practical, in the opinion of the Plan.. Read More
Town of Babylon Building Regulations §§ 89-91 to 89-95; Solar Zoning; Solar Panel Permit Application
Date Added: Monday, December 18, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Long Island United Solar Permitting Initiative, a collaborative effort of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, Nassau County Planning Commission and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), developed the model LIPA Fast-Track Permit Application to help Long Island municipalities streamline and standardize the building permit application process for “standard” installations of grid-tied PV or Residential Solar Hot Water (RSHW) systems. Babylon Town Code Ch. 89, Art. X established a solar energy system fast-track permit process modeled afte.. Read More
City of Buffalo, NY Chapter 413 Streets and Sidewalks, Article XIV: Complete Streets
Date Added: Thursday, June 21, 2018
Healthy Communities, Complete Streets    
New York
Municipal
Article XIV within Chapter 413 of the City of Buffalo, NY Code outlines the Complete Streets code provisions for the city. This Section provides that the Commissioner of Public Works, Parks, and Streets shall include pedestrian and bicycle facilities in all new street construction, reconstruction, maintenance, public works, and projects undertaken by the City. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board reviews all new construction/projects and provides consultation regarding the implementation of complete streets. The inclusion of bicycle and pe.. Read More
Town of Brookhaven Moratorium on Telecommunications Facilities
Date Added: Friday, April 28, 2017
Communications, Comprehensive Planning, Moratoria, Smart Growth    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 17 of the Town Code for the Town of Brookhaven places a moratorium on telecommunications facilities (cell phone, mobile phone or wireless phone antenna towers) until a comprehensive plan is developed. The town’s purpose is to insure the installation of the towers and facilities in a manner that is expeditious, maximizes services, and benefits the community, while simultaneously minimizing adverse visual impacts and reducing the potential for adverse physical damage to adjacent properties... Read More
New York Town Law – Intermunicipal Cooperation in Comprehensive Planning & Land Use Regulation
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Intermunicipal Agreements, Land Use Planning, State Land Use Law, Zoning    
New York
State
This state law from New York is a model for state governments seeking to promulgate statutory law to guide its towns in their efforts at local zoning and planning laws. Intermunicipal cooperation in comprehensive planning and land use regulation allows municipalities to work together toward smart growth in the region... 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
City of Scottsdale Environmentally Sensitive Lands Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Arizona
Municipal
This ordinance works to preserve native desert lands and open space from development as on-lot easements or separate lots within any given property or subdivision. Natural Area Open Space (NAOS) within any given property is determined by slope and landform category and has protected thousands of acres of desert within the city’s developing landscape... Read More
City of Orlando Density and Intensity Bonuses
Date Added: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Incentive Zoning    
Florida
Municipal
Density and intensity bonuses are available for development in office, mixed-use corridor, and activity center districts in order to provide incentives for infill and redevelopment and to reduce travel distance and promote energy conservation by limiting urban sprawl. Such development must provide connections to public transit and enhance bicycle and pedestrian accessibility. The ordinance also incorporates a transportation linkage incentive that allows reduction of the minimum required intensity in exchange for contributions to a city transpo.. Read More
City of College Place Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Washington
Municipal
Within its Code of Ordinances, College Place, Washington has not integrated a separate section on Solar Access, but has defined it to mean “direct sunlight for the purpose of successfully operating a solar energy system.” The Zoning Ordinance outlines certain requirements for a planned unit development and allows for the maximum number of dwelling units permitted to be increased by 15 percent and an additional five percent for developments which incorporate street and lot orientation to maximize solar access; tree plantings selected to avoid wi.. Read More
City of San Francisco Solar Energy Revenue Bond Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Solar Energy    
California
Municipal
This is a voter approved ordinance which allows the city to issue 100 million dollars’ worth of revenue bonds to pay for solar panels, wind turbines and energy efficiency measures for public buildings. The measure is designed to pay for itself through energy savings and at no cost to taxpayers. The money that would have gone to buy electricity from power plants instead goes to pay down the bond. .. Read More
New York State Town Law – Cluster Development Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Clustering & Cluster Development, Transportation & Land Use Planning, Zoning    
New York
State
This New York State law is a model for state government seeking to promulgate statutory law to guide its towns in their efforts at local zoning and planning laws. Cluster Development is a tool for municipalities to utilize when working toward smart growth... Read More
City of Asheville Hillside Area Development Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Ridgeline Protection    
North Carolina
Municipal
This law regulates the density of development on steep slopes and high elevations. It makes use of natural topography and relative steepness of slope to determine the nature of development and grading... 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
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
Town of Greenburgh Wetlands & Watercourses Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Nonconforming Uses, Sewage Management, Drinking Water Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 28 of the Town Code for the Town of Greenburgh addresses legislative findings that indicate the importance of protection, preservation, proper maintenance and proper use of the community’s ponds, lakes, reservoirs, water bodies, rivers, streams, watercourses, wetlands, natural drainage systems and adjacent land areas from encroachment, spoiling, pollution or elimination. The law also states the town’s policy of preventing the despoliation and destruction of wetlands and watercourse while taking into account varying ecological, water q.. Read More
New York State Town Law – Planned Unit Development Zoning Districts Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Land Use Planning, Planned Unit Development, State Land Use Law, Zoning    
New York
State
New York grants authority to local government to pass planned unit development ordinances. Other states may use this law as a guide when promulgating planned unit development statutes. Planned Unit Development Zoning Districts are implementation tools for municipalities to utilize in working toward smart growth... Read More
City of Jamestown High Groundwater Table Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Aquifer Protection, Overlay District, Water Conservation, Drinking Water Protection & Conservation    
Rhode Island
Municipal
The City of Jamestown designated a High Ground Water Table and Impervious Layer Overlay District in which, in order to preserve the town’s fresh water supply, the area has been deemed unsuitable for unrestricted development. The District is divided into two sub-districts: sub-district A has a higher groundwater table, and thus heightened restrictions on development, and sub-district B, a lower groundwater table, and less restrictive development requirements. The ordinance lays out the restrictions on development within each zone, as well as th.. Read More
Town of Clarkstown Conservation Density District Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Scenic Resources, Zoning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 290, Article II, § 290-6 of the Town Code for the Town of Clarkstown provides protection to Clarkstown’s scenic resources (including streams, wooded-areas, steep slopes, large open spaces and scenic vistas) by controlling and limiting development that would otherwise harm these scenic natural resources. .. Read More
Village of Croton-on-Hudson Excavation, Filling & Topsoil Removal Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Environmental Compliance, Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Landscaping, Scenic Resources    
New York
Municipal
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson has declared it policy that the natural topography of the land of the Village should be preserved and safeguarded, prohibiting changes to the land except those that are absolutely necessary in order to permit the proper and appropriate use of the land and the water. The topsoil, trees, and other materials which constitute the land, such as plant and wild life are of vital concern to the people of the Village. Therefore, the Village will regulate or prohibit excavation, the removal of tree.. 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
Village of Croton-on-Hudson Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Consistency Review
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Coastal Protection, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York approved a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Consistency Review Ordinance (or Chapter 225 of the Municipal Code) to ensure a proper balance between protection of natural resources and the need to accommodate population growth and economic development within the Village. The Law establishes a Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson. First, a Village agency must prepare a coastal assessment form (CAF) to assist with the consistency review for any program approval or fu.. Read More
Town of Gardiner Commission for the Conservation of the Environment Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
New York
Municipal
Town of Gardiner Commission for Conservation of the Environment establishes the guidelines for the Commission, including the Commission’s intent, membership, powers, and required reports. The Commission’s intent is to conserve, preserve, and improve the natural and man-made environment of Gardiner in order to protect the health, welfare, and well being of the town’s citizens. The Commission’s duties include: advising the town board, conducting studies and surveys, obtaining and maintaining town maps, and working cooperatively with the Planning .. Read More
Town of Fenwick Island Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Delaware
Municipal
Under its Renewable Energy System section within its Zoning Chapter, the Town of Fenwick Island in Delaware permits solar energy systems its zoning districts. According to Section 160-9(A), a “solar energy system is a renewable energy system designed and used to obtain energy from the sun in order to supply energy to a principal use of a structure.” These systems include but are not limited to solar hot water, air heating and cooling, and photovoltaic systems. The solar energy system sub-section goes on to list a few conditions that an applican.. Read More
Town of Brookhaven Right to Farm Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Right-to-Farm, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
New York
Municipal
The Right to Farm ordinance is a legislative intent acknowledging the importance of agricultural production to the Town’s character, environment, and economy, and defines protected farm practices. Food production, horticultural products, livestock, maple syrup, honey, horses, tree farms, and aquaculture products, are permitted to happen at all times without exception. This ordinance promises that it will advise developers against projects that are located within 1,000 feet of a farm, within an agricultural district or are working around an a.. Read More
City of Fairfield Wellhead Protection Program
Date Added: Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Aquifer Protection    
Ohio
Municipal
This ordinance regulates hazardous substances and prohibits specific pollutants in designated wellhead protection zones. Facilities that use regulated substances must register and comply with substance release standards and inspections. A list of regulated substances and uses, which is flexible, is also included... Read More
City of Mandeville Comprehensive Land Use Regulation Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Comprehensive Planning, Land Use Planning, Zoning    
Louisiana
Municipal
Adopted in 1993 and last updated in June 2002, this very extensive comprehensive plan serves as the zoning ordinance for the city. .. Read More
Building Height Limits
Date Added: Monday, June 4, 2018
Healthy Communities, Traffic Calming & Safety    
New York
Municipal
Washington’s zoning code provides height limitations for structures placed at or near street intersections. The code states that no new structure can be over thirty inches in height above the grade of the street. The restrictions create intersections that are more convenient and safe for the town residents, free from potentially dangerous obstructions in order to minimize traffic accidents and fatalities... Read More
Town of Irondequoit Open Space District Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Open Space Preservation, Recreational Uses, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
Article XII, § 235 of the Town Code of Irondequoit creates an Open Space District for the purpose of preserving a suitable character and a stable environment for the establishment and maintenance of recreational and open space, and activities conducted within the Town. .. Read More
City of Carlsbad Second Dwelling Units Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Affordable Housing , Development Standards, Fair Housing, Zoning    
California
Municipal
The Second Dwelling Units Ordinance allows the construction of second dwelling units by permits, subject to certain requirements, in order to achieve affordable housing goals... Read More
Town of Brookhaven Wetland Overlay District Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Coastal Protection, Development Standards, Overlay District, Site Design Standards, Zoning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
Increasing demand for development on property containing wetlands and surface waters may adversely impact and impair such natural resources. This statute creates an overlay district to protect property containing such resources. This statute uses Chapter 81 of the Town Code, Articles 24 and 25 of the New York Environmental Conservation Law, and maps drawn by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to determine what areas should be considered wetlands, buffer zones, etc. and protected in the overlay district. This statute .. Read More
City of Vestavia Hills Soil Erosion Best Management Practices
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
Alabama
Municipal
This erosion and sedimentation control statute provides that there shall be no “land-disturbing activity” within the city unless there is a permit or authorization for it. In order to obtain such a permit or authorization Best Management Practices must be used as specified... Read More
State of North Carolina Stormwater Management Ordinance – Counties
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
State Land Use Law, Stormwater Management    
North Carolina
State
Under § 153A-275, counties have the authority to own, maintain, and operate “public enterprises” inside or outside their borders, and to protect and regulate such public enterprises by “adequate and reasonable rules.” Stormwater management programs “designed to protect water quality by controlling the level of pollutants in, and the quantity and flow of, stormwater” are explicitly included in the definition of “public enterprises” over which counties have such authority. § 153A-274(7). Under § 153A-277, counties have the power to fix and enforc.. Read More
Town of Somers Code § 144-8(C)(4) Standards for Site Plan Approval; Solar Access
Date Added: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
In the Town of Somers, New York, the planning board must consider solar access, including orientation of proposed buildings to sun angles; shading and windscreen potential of vegetation; and relationship to solar access for adjacent uses and properties when reviewing site plans. Town of Somers, NY, Code § 144-8(C)(4). .. Read More
Town of Laytonsville Forest Conservation & Reforestation Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Forest Management, Tree Preservation & Protection, Timber Harvesting, Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Maryland
Municipal
The Forest Conservation and Reforestation Ordinance establishes a forest conservation and reforestation program for the Town of Laytonsville in compliance with the standards prescribed by the Maryland General Assembly. The Act regulates timber harvesting as well as other activities that may result in the cutting, clearing, or grading of forest and defines terms related to and including “afforestation”, “forest”, and “reforestation”. Finally, the ordinance prescribes penalties for noncompliance... Read More
City of Bentonville Tree Preservation & Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Tree Preservation & Protection    
Arkansas
Municipal
This ordinance was designed to preserve trees located on public property. Some of the ways this goal is to be achieved is through granting the city the exclusive right to plant, prune, maintain, and remove trees on public property. City employees performing these duties must have attended a workshop on basic tree science and pruning. In addition, non-city employees may not plant or remove a tree without prior notification... Read More
Town of Warwick Land Use Mediation
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
New York
Municipal
Recognizing that land use disputes can result in costly, time-consuming litigation, the Town of Warwick passed this Land Use Mediation ordinance to encourage and legitimatize voluntary mediation of disputes that arise during the planning and zoning permit approval process. 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 r.. Read More
State of North Carolina Statutory Rules Ordinance – Cities
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Local Governance, State Land Use Law    
North Carolina
State
In 1971, North Carolina adopted a legislative rule of broad construction of powers delegated to cities. Section 160A-4 provides that “the cities of this state should have adequate authority to execute the powers, duties, privileges, and immunities conferred upon them by law. To this end, the provisions of this Chapter and of the city charters shall be broadly construed and grants of power shall be construed to include any additional and supplementary powers that are reasonably necessary or expedient to carry them into execution and effect.” .. Read More
Town of Dover Special Permits & Site Plan Review Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pre-Application & Consensus Building, Site Plan Approval    
New York
Municipal
Prior to submitting a formal application for a zoning permit or special permit, the applicant is encouraged to prepare a rough conceptual plan of the proposed project or use, and to discuss the proposal with the Zoning Enforcement Officer and/or the Planning & Zoning Commission. This discussion is informal and non-binding... Read More
New York State Town Law – Site Plan Review Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Local Boards, Site Plan Approval, Zoning    
New York
State
This law empowers Town Boards in New York state to conduct site plan review. The law contains instructions for towns to authorize planning boards to review proposed site plans, conduct public hearings, and make rulings as to approval (i.e. approval, approval with modification, conditional approval). Planning boards are also authorized to issue variances when public policy dictates. In addition, the law outlines other functions a planning board may perform, including: requiring reservation of parkland (or money in lieu thereof) or requiring the .. Read More
Town of Clinton Cluster Development Residential Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Clustering & Cluster Development    
New York
Municipal
This residential cluster development law establishes a procedure for specifying the zoning district in which the law is applicable and the objectives to be accomplished. The law’s “standards” provide the applicable density and dimensional requirements and siting guidelines. The law provides for the preservation of open space land and the granting of perpetual conservation easements to the municipality or qualified not-for-profits that prevent further development. .. Read More
Township of Mount Laurel Low & Moderate Income Housing – Enforcement; Violations & Penalties Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Affordable Housing , Enforcement, Zoning    
New Jersey
Municipal
Part II of General Legislation, Chapter 154, Article XVI, Section 154-131.14 D requires the township to encourage the resolution of disputes which violate the other provisions of the article through mediation and conciliation efforts... 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
City of Biloxi Zoning and Sustainable Design Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Mississippi
Municipal
Biloxi, MS has dedicated an entire section in its zoning code to Sustainable Design in order to “promote sustainable development practices as a means of addressing global climate change, protecting natural resources, and ensuring a high quality of life for future city residents.” As part of encouraging its citizens to build more sustainably, Biloxi created a Sustainable Development Point Requirement, where “all applications for approval of a Site Plan for nonresidential, mixed-use, and multifamily residential development” shall incorporate a nu.. 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 Santa Fe Water Harvesting and Irrigation Standards
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Aquifer Protection, Landscaping, Water Conservation    
New Mexico
Municipal
This ordinance discusses ways of harvesting water for irrigation. The goal of the ordinance is to preserve potable water as much as possible by making use of water gained from other sources. Water sources encourages are passive water collection techniques such as surface water collection, in-ground storage collection, and active water collection such as storage and distribution systems... Read More
State of North Carolina Stormwater Management Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
State Land Use Law, Stormwater Management    
North Carolina
State
Under § 160A-312, cities have the authority to own, maintain, and operate “public enterprises” inside or outside their corporate limits, and to protect and regulate such public enterprises by “adequate and reasonable rules.” Stormwater management programs “designed to protect water quality by controlling the level of pollutants in, and the quantity and flow of, stormwater” are explicitly included in the definition of “public enterprises” over which cities have such authority. § 160A-311(10). Under § 160A-314, cities have the power to fix and en.. Read More
City of Lancaster, California Code § 17.08.305- Implementation of solar energy systems
Date Added: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
California
Municipal
The City of Lancaster, California’s solar energy system implementation regulation requires all new single-family homes to have a solar energy system in order to receive a building permit. The mandate includes subdivisions, requiring the subdivider to meet the aggregate energy generation requirement within the subdivision (as calculated by the per-unit energy generation requirement multiplied by the number of homes in the subdivision). Alternatively, a homebuilder may choose to meet the solar energy generation requirement by purchasing solar en.. Read More
County of Maricopa Floodplain Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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
New York State Town Law – Town Comprehensive Plan Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, State Land Use Law, Transportation & Land Use Planning    
New York
State
This state law from New York is a model for state governments seeking to promulgate statutory law to guide its towns in their efforts at developing local comprehensive plans... Read More
Town of North Castle Moratorium Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Moratoria, Open Space Preservation    
New York
Municipal
As a result of the negative impact residential development has had on the environment of North Castle, the damage to the Town’s natural resources, the loss of open space, and the ability of the infrastructure of Town and special district facilities and services to adequately serve Town residents, along with other factors; the Town Board has enacted this moratorium. It has been specifically determined to be necessary in order to prevent the final approval of any further residential subdivisions Townwide and any new construction or large scale .. Read More
City of Minneapolis Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
Minnesota
Municipal
The purpose this ordinance is to “control or eliminate soil erosion and sedimentation within the City of Minneapolis.” It applies to all land disturbances and soil storage activities. This ordinance refers permitees to a Manual of Standards that describes acceptable Best Management Practices (BMPs) for use in controlling sedimentation and erosion. It also sets a schedule for mandatory inspections by the issuing authority... Read More
State of Illinois Watercourse Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
State Land Use Law, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
Illinois
State
Corporate municipal authorities are granted broad authority to protect and maintain watercourses, pursuant to 65 ILL. COMP. STAT. 5/11-104-1 (2004). Municipal authorities may “deepen, widen, dock, cover, wall, or alter channels of watercourses.” Furthermore, municipal authorities may construct and repair canals and slips to accommodate commercial interests, 65 ILL. COMP. STAT. 5/11-104-2 (2004), and water-related landing facilities. 65 ILL. COMP. STAT. 5/11-104-3 (2004). Municipal authorities may also relocate existing water courses within muni.. Read More
City of Arroyo Provision of housing, in-lieu fee, or dedication of land
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Affordable Housing    
California
Municipal
The Provision of housing, in-lieu fee, or dedications of land ordinance establishes that if a developer does not met affordable housing requirements outlined in the town code, he or she must pay a fee in lieu of providing such housing. This fee is then deposited in the affordable housing trust fund and may be used solely for the creation of affordable housing units.. Read More
City of Eugene Ordinance Concerning Erosion Prevention and Construction Site Management Practices
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
Oregon
Municipal
In 1994 Eugene became the first city of its size in the nation to be issued a municipal NPDES stormwater permit. To protect local waterways from construction-related activities, the City implemented the Erosion Prevention and Construction Site Management program in 1997. This program relies upon an "outcome-based" approach allowing contractors to choose the erosion prevention and construction site management practices best suited for a site. Eugene must approve erosion permits before any other construction permits are issued. Applicants must.. Read More
County of Bay County Density and Intensity Bonus Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Affordable Housing , Density    
Florida
Municipal
The Density and Intensity Bonus Ordinance encourages high quality affordable housing development and redevelopment in Bay County, Florida. This statute sets forth provisions for the calculation of density and intensity bonuses and establishes criteria for affordable housing and details about the application process for affordable housing... Read More
Town of Duck Rebuilding & Reconstruction; Damaging Storms Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Coastal Protection, Sea Level Rise Adaptation    
North Carolina
Municipal
The Town of Duck, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, is a coastal community that has adapted local regulations implementing the State’s Coastal Areas Management Act of 1974. The Act encourages cooperative land use planning between the state and local governments and is the State’s policy that “adequate plans for post-disaster reconstruction should be prepared by and coordinated between all levels of government prior to the advent of a disaster.” The town of Duck created a short-term building moratorium to allow the community time to assess dama.. Read More
City of Chapel Hill Watershed Protection District
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Watershed Protection, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
North Carolina
Municipal
This ordinance focuses on watershed protection for the New Hope Watershed that drains into Jordon Lake. It sets limits for development in the Watershed District and describes the uses within the area. The Board of Adjustment is empowered to ensure that the regulations in the law are followed... Read More
Town of Brighton Subdivision Regulations
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Management, Subdivision Regulations, Watershed Protection, Conservation Districts & Subdivisions    
New York
Municipal
This ordinance requires developers to create a drainage report, and describes all that must be included therein. The report must be in accordance with the Town of Brighton Minimum Specifications for Dedication and the Irondequoit Watershed Collaborative. .. Read More
Town of Haddam Subdivision Regulations; Passive Solar Energy Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Subdivision Regulations, Zoning    
Connecticut
Municipal
Haddam, Connecticut has enacted a section, § 302-36, within its chapter on subdivision regulations specifically for passive solar energy techniques. Section 302-36 defines passive solar energy techniques as “site design techniques which maximize solar heat gain, minimize heat loss and provide thermal storage within a building during the heating season and minimize heat gain, and provide for natural ventilation during the cooling season.” According to the section, a subdivision applicant must demonstrate to the Commission that she has considered.. Read More
New York State General City Law Subdivision Review; Approval of Plats; Additional Requisites Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Subdivision Approvals    
New York
State
Chapter 21, Article 3, §33 of the General City Laws requires land shown on a plat to meet all health, safety and welfare requirements before it can be approved by the planning board. The section also includes additional requirements for streets and highways, monuments, zoning, parkland and residential units. The Zoning Board of Appeals can authorize an area variance for plats that do not comply with local ordinances, the Planning Board can waive certain requirements and a performance bond or other security can be furnished to the city by the ow.. Read More
New York State Town Law – Adoption of First Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Local Boards, State Land Use Law, Zoning    
New York
State
This ordinance requires town boards to appoint a zoning commission, whose responsibility is to recommend boundaries of districts and regulations to be enforced in those boundaries. .. Read More
North Carolina Planned Unit Development Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Planned Unit Development    
North Carolina
State
Although there is no independent statute granting cities the authority to allow PUDs, Section 160A-385.1, dealing with vesting rights, specifically names PUDs as one of the types of developments for which a developer may submit a site-specific plan and, upon the city’s approval, gain a vested right. Thus, it can be implied from this statute that cities do have authority to permit PUDs. (See Vested Rights, below.).. Read More
Town of North Castle Trees Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Open Space Preservation, Tree Preservation & Protection    
New York
Municipal
This law creates and charges the Tree Board with the duties of studying, investigating, counseling and developing or updating a written plan for the care, preservation, pruning, planting, replanting, removal or disposition of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public areas. Such plan will be presented annually to the Town Board and, upon its acceptance and approval, shall constitute the official comprehensive town tree plan for the Town of North Castle, State of New York. The Tree Board, when requested by the Town Board, shal.. Read More
Buffalo Bicycle Riverwalk
Date Added: Monday, June 4, 2018
Healthy Communities, Bicycle Infrastructure    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 91, Article I of Buffalo, New York’s Charter and Ordinances addresses the activities allowed on the Riverwalk path. Riverwalk is a paved, double-lane pedestrian bicycle trail that travels 13.2 miles north from downtown Buffalo to Tonawanda, New York. The legislation states: “No person shall operate or drive any vehicle which is propelled by any power other than muscular power on that property in the City known as the "Riverwalk.".. Read More
Town of Chenango Aquifer District
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Aquifer Protection, Zoning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
§ 73-11 of the Town Code for the Town of Chenango contains several definitions of terms that are important to aquifer protection such as; aquifer recharge zone, watercourse, cone of depression, and toxic or hazardous material. The purpose behind this statute is to minimize the potential for contamination of the aquifer which currently supplies water to the town. This statute divides the Town of Chenango into the following types of aquifer district zones: [1] Wellhead Protection Area, [2] Aquifer Recharge Area, and [3] Watershed Area. These z.. Read More
Standards of the Connecticut Gateway Commission
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Timber Harvesting, Conservation Districts & Subdivisions    
Connecticut
State
This ordinance establishes standards for building within a designated “conservation zone.” Activities regulated include design of buildings, height, setback distance, and as well as land coverage... Read More
City of Hoboken Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New Jersey
Municipal
Within its Zoning Chapter, the City of Hoboken in New Jersey has integrated a section specifically for solar installation. The section lists regulations for roof installation, non-habitable building installation, ground-mounted installation, and signage requirements. In order to install a solar energy system on a parcel, however, an applicant must first obtain a certificate of zoning compliance and a building permit from the Zoning Officer and the Construction Official, respectively. The City of Hoboken has also reserved the right to require th.. Read More
Town of Clifton Park Selective Cutting of Timber Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Timber Harvesting    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 184 of the Town Code for the Town Clifton Park regulates the cutting of trees six inches or more in diameter at breast height. In order to cut such trees, the law requires loggers to apply for a permit in accord with the permit procedure enumerated in § 184-3 of the ordinance. The ordinance charges the Building Inspector with the enforcement of the ordinance and the ordinance also sets for the penalties for noncompliance... 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
State of Nevada Training Requirements Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Local Boards, Mandatory Training    
Nevada
State
This law requires land use training for town advisory boards in Nevada... Read More
Town of Amherst Development Methods Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Clustering & Cluster Development, Open Space Preservation, Planned Unit Development, Smart Growth    
Massachusetts
Municipal
This ordinance provides for a variety of Smart Growth activities within the town including cluster development, planned unit development, and open space community development according to general standards... Read More
Town of Goshen Moderate Income & Affordable Housing Law
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Affordable Housing , Local Boards    
New York
Municipal
The Moderate Income and Affordable Housing Local Law recognizes the need for affordable housing and establishes development standards, eligibility requirements (priority given to emergency personnel and municipal employees), maintenance and tax assessments for affordable housing units. Additionally, the ordinance establishes a Housing Review Board to oversee and administer these program objectives... Read More
King County Redevelopment Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Urban Renewal, Brownfields    
Washington
Municipal
Contaminated Industrial Lands in the Duwamish Corridor of King County, Washington present regional and local threats to environmental health and economic development. This ordinance calls for the environmental risks resulting from specific site contamination to be evaluated, as well as developing an initiative program for small landowners to create voluntary temporary partnerships to achieve clean up of the area. .. Read More
City of Malibu Local Coastal Program Implementation Plan – Shoreline & Bluff Development
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Development Standards, Sea Level Rise Adaptation    
California
Municipal
The City of Malibu requires the design and siting of all new shoreline development and shoreline protective devices to consider anticipated accelerated sea level rise. The City requires that new development be sufficiently set back and elevated to minimize to the maximum extent feasible hazards associated with anticipated sea level rise over the expected one-hundred year economic life of the structure. All applications for new beach or bluff-top development must include an engineering analysis of coastal hazards, including future projections .. Read More
Village of Larchmont Critical Environmental Areas Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Local Environmental Law, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
The statute designates specific areas within New York State as critical areas of environmental concern and affords protections to these areas from adverse actions prescribed by law and regulations... Read More
State of North Carolina Landmark Preservation Ordinances
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Landmark Preservation, State Land Use Law    
North Carolina
State
Under the enabling statutes found at Part 3C, Article 19 in Chapter 160A, both cities and counties (“municipalities”) have the authority to designate landmarks as part of a zoning or other ordinance. § 160A-400.2, § 160A-400.5. Before a municipality can establish a landmark, it must appoint a historic preservation commission § 160A-400.7. To designate a landmark, this commission must undertake an inventory of the properties of historic, architectural, prehistorical, and cultural significance within the municipality’s jurisdiction. § 160A-400.6... Read More
Town of Irondequoit Environmental Protection Overlay District
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Overlay District, Zoning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The purpose of Article XI of the Town Code is to protect the environment in Irondequoit through the establishment of overlay districts established in this article which provide special controls over land development located in sensitive environmental areas within the Town of Irondequoit. .. Read More
City of Issaquah Landscape & Tree Preservation Regulations - Solar Access; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Washington
Municipal
The City of Issaquah’s tree preservation provisions authorizes the approval authority to grant a tree removal permit if removal will provide solar access to buildings incorporating active solar devices, including windows that face south and contain special storage elements to distribute heat energy. City of Issaquah, WA Landscape & Tree Preservation Regulations §§ 18.12.1380(B)(3)(a)(2), 18.12.1385(B)(5), 18.12.141(B)(3). .. Read More
Borough of Doylestown Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Pennsylvania
Municipal
In its Zoning Chapter, Doylestown, Pennsylvania created a section specifically for solar energy equipment, Section 615. Defined in the Specific Definition section of the chapter, solar energy equipment is “any device, structure or electronics that converts solar energy into electrical energy, heats water or produces hot air or similar function through the use of solar panels.” In it, Doylestown authorizes solar energy equipment in any zoning district as an accessory structure. The section goes on to list a few regulations including that the equ.. Read More
New York State Town Law: § 267-b. Permitted Action by a Town Board of Appeals
Date Added: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
New York
State
This law describes the procedures to be used by Zoning Boards of Appeals in towns within New York State. The topics covered include: orders, requirements, decisions, interpretations, determinations, use variances, area variances, and imposition of conditions. .. Read More
City of Kissimmee City Manager to Administer Provisions Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Fair Housing, Local Governance    
Florida
Municipal
Section 4-2-9 of Title IV, Community Relations and Recreational Facilities, imposes on the City Manager, the duty of rectifying grievances using methods of persuasion, conciliation and mediation. .. Read More
City of Lenexa Pedestrian Oriented Design Standards
Date Added: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Pedestrian Oriented Design (POD)    
Kansas
Municipal
The City Code of Lenexa, Kansas, provides for Pedestrian Oriented Design Standards in order to encourage people to walk, rather than drive, for short trips. Lenexa is located in northeastern Kansas, and is considered to be part of the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area. With a population of about 46,000 people, Lenexa was voted the #26 best American small town to live in by Money magazine in July 2009. The city is part of the region that is serviced by Johnson County Transit (the JO), which is a bus rapid transit (BRT) service that runs.. Read More
County of Lake Green Building & Development Code
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
Florida
Municipal
Lake County, Florida is located in central Florida and is named after the numerous lakes in the area. There are approximately 1,400 named and identified lakes in the County. Lake County has a population of 307,243 people and has a total area of 1,156 square miles. A total of 203 square miles (17%) of the County’s area is water. The County has experienced several devastating storms, tornados and hurricanes in the past four years. The County has an innovative green building incentive created to establish major environmental goals. The State o.. Read More
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969
Date Added: Monday, April 17, 2017
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
U.S. Federal
The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 seeks to establish that all practicable means and measures be used to promote the general welfare and maintain conditions under which man and nature can exist in productive harmony. Under the Act, Congress seeks cooperation from agencies, and international and national cooperation, in attempting to reach their goals. .. Read More
State of Massachusetts Conservation Commissions Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Aquifer Protection, Local Boards, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Massachusetts
State
Chapter 40, § 8C grants conservation commissions implied regulatory authority to protect aquifers. It authorizes a city or town to establish a conservation commission for the promotion and development of the natural resources and for the protection of watershed resources of the city or town. Such commission may adopt rules and regulations governing the use of land and waters under its control to achieve its purpose. Its authorities further include the study of land and water and subsequent creation of plans and maps consistent with the town ma.. Read More
North Carolina Moratoria on Development Ordinances
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Moratoria, State Land Use Law    
North Carolina
State
With the exception of statutorily authorized moratoria on sexually oriented businesses, found at § 160A-181.1(d), North Carolina does not grant local governments the explicit authority to place moratoria on development. However, under §§ 160A-4 and § 153A-4, city and county authority, respectively, is to be broadly construed. Thus, the power of local governments to place moratoria on development can probably be implied from both their general police power and their zoning authority... Read More
City of Belmont Traditional Neighborhood Development Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Development Standards, Quality of Life, Site Design Standards    
North Carolina
Municipal
The intent of the Traditional Neighborhood Development Provision “is to minimize traffic congestion, suburban sprawl, infrastructure costs, and environmental degradation”. The ordinance contains general standards and provisions, in addition to design standards for public and civic areas, shop fronts, businesses, multifamily and single family, and general architectural design standards... Read More
City of Big Flats Subdivision and Development Regulations § 17.36.140; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Monday, December 18, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
In section 17.36.140 of its Zoning Ordinance, the Town of Big Flats adopted a solar access regulation that requires applicants for new residential development including either ten or more acre of site development area and/or more than 50 dwelling units to submit a solar access plan with the site plan. The solar access plan must: (1) protect solar access between the solar azimuths of -45 degrees east of due south and +45 degrees west of due south; (2) for solar access roads, design lots and building setbacks so that buildings are oriented with t.. Read More
City of Ithaca (NY) Municipal Code, Chapter 283: Stormwater Utility
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Stormwater Management    
New York
Municipal
The City of Ithaca’s Stormwater Utility chapter describes the calculation of stormwater user fees charged for costs incurred by the City in providing stormwater services. This monthly fee is equal to the product of $4 and the number of Equivalent Residential Units (ERUs) of impervious surface area on the lot, less any credits for the lot approved by the Superintendent of Public Works. One ERU is equal to 2,300 square feet, the average amount of impervious surface area on a residential property as determined by the Common Council. The stormwater.. Read More
Borough of Red Bank Planning & Development Regulations
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pre-Application & Consensus Building    
New Jersey
Municipal
This statute allows for an informal discussion period in the pre-zoning planning process. These discussions are non-binding. .. Read More
Kane County Stormwater Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
Illinois
Municipal
Kane County implements a number of interesting floodplain regulations including regulating depressional storage, which is often beyond the regulatory floodplain. Furthermore, the County requires compensatory storage for activities within the floodplain and the BFE requirements are for 2 and 3 feet in most areas. The ordinance can be found at: www.co.kane.il.us/.. Read More
Town of Pawling Enforcement Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Enforcement, Timber Harvesting    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Pawling’s Timber Harvesting ordinance contains enforcement provision related specifically to harvesting issues and protection of natural resources. .. 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
New York State General City Law Subdivision Review; Approval of Plats; Development of Filed Plats Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Subdivision Approvals    
New York
State
Chapter 21, Article 3, § 32 of the General City Laws provides the planning board with the authority to approve preliminary and final plats of subdivisions showing lots, blocks or sites, with or without streets or highways. The section also defines the approval, certification and filing procedures for preliminary and final plats... Read More
County of Westchester Model Conservation Easement
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Open Space Preservation    
New York
Municipal
This conservation easement is a model that demonstrates the necessary elements of a conservation easement. There is an introductory commentary written by the Westchester Land Trust that explains some of the key provisions that are necessary in the terms of the agreement. There are also explanations of key elements and requirements particular to New York. This sample is discussed in the commentary Conservation Easements & Land Trusts: Overview, Examples and their Role in the Development Process, written by Sam Brown... Read More
County of Los Alamos Solar Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New Mexico
Municipal
Los Alamos County in New Mexico has incorporated a solar energy collection system section within its Code of Ordinances. According to the section, when a solar energy collection system is already installed on a parcel, accessory structures or vegetation on the abutting lot may not block the solar collector’s access to solar energy. Property owners must also file and record the solar system installation with the county clerk on the day the building permit for the improvement is issued. .. 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
Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Consistency Review
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Coastal Protection, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The Village of Croton-on-Hudson, New York approved a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Consistency Review Ordinance (or Chapter 225 of the Municipal Code) to ensure a proper balance between protection of natural resources and the need to accommodate population growth and economic development within the Village. The Law establishes a Waterfront Advisory Committee (WAC) in the Village of Croton-on-Hudson. First, a Village agency must prepare a coastal assessment form (CAF) to assist with the consistency review for any program approval or fu.. Read More
County of Camden Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
North Carolina
Municipal
In Camden County, North Carolina solar farms are permitted in all zoning districts, however, a special use permit must first be acquired. Within its zoning code, Camden County integrated a sub-section outlining standards for solar farms such as a minimum lot size, minimum setbacks, and a 50-foot buffer from routine view. Solar collectors as an accessory use are also permitted in all zoning districts in Camden County, however, in order to install them, an applicant must either obtain a special use permit (if there are three or more collectors) o.. Read More
Vermont Employment Growth Incentive
Date Added: Monday, September 26, 2016
Development Standards    
Vermont
State
The Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) was created to encourage job creation in Vermont by a Vermont company, a Vermont division of a company that plans to grow and expand in Vermont, a company considering locating a new business or division in state, or Vermont start-up business activity. The VEGI program provides incentives from the State of Vermont to businesses to encourage prospective economic activity in Vermont that is beyond an applicant’s “organic” or background growth and that would not occur except for the incentive provided... 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
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 New Pattonsburg Declaration of Community Responsibilities, Covenants, and Restrictions
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Energy Efficiency & Conservation    
Missouri
Municipal
NOTE: This ordinance was not adopted by the Town of New Pattonsburg This ordinance would have done many things including lay out specific energy conservation requirements, however it was not adopted, and so has not yet been tested in practice. .. Read More
County of Broward Solar Zoning Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Florida
Municipal
Broward County, Florida enacted Ordinance No. 2012-22 to amend its Code of Ordinances, specifically within its Zoning Article, to create a new section, 39-109, entitled “Rooftop Photovoltaic Solar Systems.” Section 39-109 permits photovoltaic solar systems as accessory equipment in all zoning categories and provides for severability with an effective date. The section lists height and maintenance regulations as well as the requirements for a permit an owner must obtain before installation. .. 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
City of Baltimore Vacant Building Receivership Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Vacant & Distressed Properties    
Maryland
Municipal
Baltimore, Maryland, enacted an ordinance granting a Building Official authority to petition the Court for appointment of a receiver to raze, rehabilitate, or sell a vacant building. The petition must include: a copy of the original notice and order to rehabilitate; affirmation by affidavit that the rehabilitation has not yet been completed; and the identity of the proposed receiver (if it is not the Building Officer). As an alternative to assigning a receiver, the Court may appoint an owner, mortgagee, or other person in interest to the .. Read More
Long Island Sound Coastal Management Program
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Coastal Protection, Comprehensive Planning, Intermunicipal Agreements, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The Long Island Sound Coastal Management Program offers a comprehensive vision for the preservation and development of the Long Island Sound coast in the State of New York. It focuses on four main issues: “The Developed Coast,” which seeks to incorporate the natural landscape of the sound with community development; “The Natural Coast,” which aims to achieve sustainable use of the Sound’s natural resources; “The Public Coast,” which has the goal of providing more public access to the Sound; and finally, “The Working Coast,” which encourages th.. Read More
Town of Gorham Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New Hampshire
Municipal
Within its Zoning Ordinance, the Town of Gorham in New Hampshire defines solar energy systems as “any equipment or system utilizing solar energy to provide electricity and/or space heating or cooling, hot water heating and swimming pool heating.” Within the Town of Gorham, roof- or wall- mounted solar collectors are a permitted use in all zoning districts. Non-roof- or wall-mounted solar energy systems, however, are only allowed by special exception. “All installations are required to meet Section M2301 of the International Building Code.” .. 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
Town of West Warwick Development Fee Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Real Estate Transaction Fee    
New York
Municipal
This Development fee ordinance provides for a consolidated schedule of fees and allows for a periodic review and modification of fees assessed for development. These fees include Planning Board Fees, Zoning Board Fees, Town Board Fees and Building Inspection Fees... Read More
City of San Diego Abatement of Vacant Structures Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Vacant & Distressed Properties    
California
Municipal
The City of San Diego, California, enacted an ordinance requiring that vacant and boarded buildings immediately be rehabilitated because they pose several risks to the community including: facilitating illegal activity, creation of fire hazards, and threatening general public health and safety. The Director of the Neighborhood Code Compliance Department or any other Director authorized by the City Manager may enforce the ordinance. Violations of the ordinance result in misdemeanors, injunctive relief, or civil damages. Upon the Director’.. 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 Francestown Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New Hampshire
Municipal
Solar and wind-powered devices are permitted in Francestown, New Hampshire for commercial use on lots of three acres or more at an elevation of fewer than 1,000 feet. According to its table of Permitted Uses and Special Exceptions, solar and wind-powered devices are permitted in Francestown’s Village and Rural Districts by special exception as well as in its Steep Slope, Aquifer, and Flood Plain Overlay Districts. Francestown, however, does not have a separate section within its Zoning Ordinance that describes the regulations or requirements fo.. Read More
Town of Brookhaven Nature Preserves Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Open Space Preservation, Scenic Resources, Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The purpose of this law is to create nature preserves and to keep these areas in their existing natural or near natural state for the benefit of present and future Town residents. The law address such topics as the evaluation and dedication of parcels to nature preserve, management of nature preserves, volunteers, nature preserves designated on lands not owned by the Town, use of nature preserves, hours of operation, responsibility for loss, damage or theft, prohibitions, removal of all or portions of site from nature preserve, “Adopt-A-Preser.. Read More
State of Massachusetts Constitutional Rights & Objectives – Natural Resource Protection
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Massachusetts
State
This article declares the broad purpose and intent of the State to protect the state’s environment, including protection of wildlife, natural resources relating to air, land water, and recreational land uses. .. Read More
Town of Blooming Grove Staged Development Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Development Standards, Site Plan Approval, Subdivision Approvals    
New York
Municipal
The Staged Development ordinance is intended to complement and be applied in accordance with subdivision regulations and is only intended to apply when final subdivision approval is sought in section. It covers procedure for applying, construction of improvements, expiration of approvals and, exemptions from zoning amendment, fees and applicability... Read More
New York State Town Law – Incentive Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
State Land Use Law    
New York
State
This state law from New York is a model for state governments seeking to promulgate statutory law to guide its towns in their local zoning and planning efforts. Incentive Zoning is an implementation tool for municipalities to utilize in working toward smart growth... Read More
County of Rockland Mandatory Training Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Local Boards, Mandatory Training    
New York
Municipal
This is a sample law provided by the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation for municipalities within the county to adopt. The resolution requires land use training of Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Appeal. .. Read More
City of Aspen Real Estate Transfer Tax Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Real Estate Transaction Fee    
Colorado
Municipal
The city of Aspen imposed a real estate transfer tax and designated the funds to be used to purchase land and buildings to create affordable housing and preserve open space. The law also empowers the City Council to borrow money or issue bonds in order to do the same, provided that the funds from the real estate transfer tax are to be used to repay these debts... Read More
Town of Huntersville Surface Water Improvement & Management – Stream Buffers Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Buffer Zones, Floodwater Management, Zoning, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
North Carolina
Municipal
This ordinance amends the current zoning regulations to create a “stream buffer network” that will filter pollutants, store floodwater, provide habitat, and contribute to the “green infrastructure.” The buffer is divided into three sections, streamside zone, managed use zone, and upland zone. Each zone has varying level of restrictions, the streamside zone being the most restrictive and the upland zone being the least restrictive. .. Read More
Town of Goshen Training Requirements for Appointed Board Members Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Local Boards, Mandatory Training    
New York
Municipal
This law requires land use training for members of the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Environmental Review Board in the Town of Goshen. The reason for the requirements is that the Town finds that ongoing continuing education is critical to the proper function of the Boards and is necessary to bring about reasoned action on submitted applications. Board members that do not comply with these zoning requirements can be removed by the Town board, after hearing, from their position. .. 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
State of North Carolina Subdivision Regulations Ordinances
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
State Land Use Law, Subdivision Approvals, Subdivision Regulations    
North Carolina
State
Section 153A-330 authorizes counties to regulate subdivisions, which are defined by § 153A-335 as the sale of two or more lots of less than 10 acres from previously undivided land, excluding the division of less than two acres into no more than three lots. If a county has chosen to zone only portions of its jurisdiction, it may adopt subdivision regulations that apply only within those portions. Section 153A-331 allows counties to include provisions in their subdivision ordinances to ensure the following: the public dedication or reservation of.. Read More
County of Frederick Forest Banking Program
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Forest Management, Tree Preservation & Protection    
Delaware
Municipal
The County of Frederick Forest Banking program allows a person to create new forest areas or designate certain existing forest areas to be held in reserve, in order to be used to meet future forestation requirements imposed on regulated activities by this Ordinance... Read More
Development and Design Standards
Date Added: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Open Space Preservation, Healthy Communities    
Alaska
Municipal
In chapter 21.07 of the Code of Ordinances of Anchorage, Alaska, the city outlines an updated standard of city planning based on the relationship between urban development and the natural environment. The purpose of the chapter is to encourage a prudent use of the local land by promoting a balance between the built environment and the preservation of open space and natural resources. This can be simplified into two primary objectives. First, their public planning integrates usable open space and natural attractions in order to tailor the cit.. Read More
City of Fayetteville Redevelopment Standards & Incentives Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Incentive Zoning    
Georgia
Municipal
The Redevelopment District regulation provides incentives for redeveloping an already developed site, rather than on pristine land. It provides density bonuses and waivers of impact fees in order to encourage redevelopment of blighted areas and compatible development... Read More
Town of Batavia Animal Waste Storage Facilities Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Sewage Management    
New York
Municipal
This law directs persons wanting to install and/or modify any animal waste storage facility where to submit their proposal. .. Read More
New York Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas & Inland Law
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Coastal Protection, Waterfront Revitalization    
New York
State
This compilation of codes is intended to provide for State agencies acting in the coastal area the necessary framework for the consideration and application of the State's policies with respect to waterfront revitalization and coastal resources, as contained in article 42 of the Executive Law... 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
West Hollywood Green Building Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Development Standards, Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
California
Municipal
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
New York State Tax Exemption for Wind Energy Systems
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Wind Energy    
New York
State
This NY state law provides a tax exemption for person with wind energy systems on their property if they were built before 1988 or between 1991 and 2011. The law exempts the property owner to the extent that the property value increases because of the presence of a wind energy system for a period of 15 years. A municipality has the authority to remove the exemption for any wind energy system constructed after 1991. If a municipality has not removed exemption, it may require the owner of property to enter a PILOT agreement for a term of no more.. Read More
Town of Ellington Earth Excavation Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Landscaping    
Connecticut
Municipal
This law requires that excavation and removal or importation of more than 1,000 cubic yards of earth within any zoning district over one year, from any single parcel of land, requires a special permit. A detailed erosion control plan and a final landscaping plan must be submitted before the permit can be issued. A sufficient amount of topsoil must be set aside and not removed from the premises. Excavators must keep sound levels within prescribed limits, restrict hours of operation, buffer the work site, and control truck access to minimize dang.. 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
Municipal
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
State of Illinois Smart Growth – Local Land Resource Management Planning Act
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Smart Growth, State Land Use Law, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Illinois
State
The Local Land Resource Management Planning Act, 50 ILL. COMP. STAT. 805 et seq. (2004), authorizes and outlines the general principle that counties, municipalities, and townships may engage in land resource management programs. Beyond concerns associated with traditional zoning and comprehensive planning, the Act acknowledges local government interests in protecting the “land, air, water, natural resources, and environment of the State,” and encourages “socially and economically desirable” land use and planning via “Local Land Resource Managem.. Read More
Village Of Aurora Emergency Dwellings Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Zoning, Post-Disaster Management    
Illinois
Municipal
If a dwelling is rendered uninhabitable due to fire, flood, or similar natural or manmade disaster, the Zoning Board of Appeals may authorize the placement of an emergency dwelling in that location. The units must meet all applicable building, fire, health, and other codes. An emergency dwelling must have running water and be connected to a totally enclosed septic system or public sewer. The emergency dwellings shall be removed within ten days of the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy for the repaired or replaced dwelling. Maximum duratio.. 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 Blooming Grove Tree Harvesting Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Enforcement, Landscaping, Quality of Life, Timber Harvesting, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 219 of the Town Code for the Town of Blooming Grove is intended to regulate timber harvesting, require land reclamation and utilize professional management expertise in timber harvesting. The general purpose of the article is to promote the welfare of the residents of the by protecting the natural environment and public safety as may be affected by timber harvesting. The article sets permit requirements as well as standards, enforcement authorizations and penalties... Read More
State of Pennsylvania Agricultural Security Areas Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Agriculture, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
Pennsylvania
State
This statute provides the authority for cities and counties to establish agricultural preserves to protect agricultural land uses. The statute sets a general minimum acreage requirement of 250 acres but allows such districts to be composed of “any number of noncontiguous tax parcels or accounts.” The statute also describes fees, notice requirements, and duties of the reviewing board... Read More
Township of Washington Steep Slopes & Ridge Protection
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Ridgeline Protection, Steep Slope Protection    
New Jersey
Municipal
This ordinance sets development restrictions for areas containing steep slopes and ridgelines. Its purpose is to “encourage good land use planning and design, maximize optimal use of the natural terrain, and maintain ridgelines and scenic vistas intact.”.. Read More
County of Winnebago Comprehensive Plan: Dispute Resolution
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
Wisconsin
Municipal
The Memorandum of Understanding in the Winnebago Comprehensive Plan provides a dispute resolution process in the event inconsistencies arise between a town comprehensive plan and the County comprehensive plan. Participation in the mediation is voluntary and the resolution is decided by the parties. Information is to be held confidential and sessions will be private to the extent authorized by law. The process is paid for by the County and the respective town... Read More
The Town of Coxsackie Waterfront Residential District Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Coastal Protection, Land Use Planning, Planned Development Districts    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Coxsackie created the Waterfront Residential District (WR) to protect areas adjacent to the Hudson River. The purpose of this district is to protect the waterfront, maintain the existing residential character, and allow for low impact water-dependent and water-related recreational uses appropriate for the community and the river. A few specific purposes of the WR is the preservation of natural, scenic, and historic values along the Hudson River and to encourage compatible land uses along the Hudson River. Buildings must be set back .. Read More
City of Decorah Conservation & Open Space Regulations
Date Added: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Open Space Preservation, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Iowa
Municipal
This ordinance was created to protect mature and young woodlands and prevent the ecological degradation of heavily wooded areas, as well as protect drainageways, wetlands, and soil erosion and sedimentation control... Read More
State of Massachusetts Conservation Restrictions Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Affordable Housing , Farmland Protection & Preservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection, Conservation Districts & Subdivisions    
Massachusetts
State
This statute grants the authority to “any governmental body” to acquire and hold conservation restrictions for purposes including conservation of land or water area. The restriction is subject to approval by the secretary of environmental affairs. In determining whether the restriction is in the public interest, the governmental body shall take into consideration the public interest in conservation and any national, state, regional, and local program as well as any public state, regional, or local comprehensive land use or development plan af.. 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
Town of Bedford Aquifer Protection Zone
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Aquifer Protection    
New York
Municipal
In order to protect groundwater quality, this ordinance gives specific allowances for the amount of sewage flow a specific type of dwelling can produce, and restricts certain activities in the aquifer zone, such as dry-cleaning, photo processing, auto service, and hazardous waste and septic sludge storage and disposal. Activities such as using road salt and deicing material require a special permit. .. 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
Complete Streets Policy
Date Added: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Healthy Communities, Complete Streets    
Tennessee
Municipal
Section 23-19 of Knoxville’s Zoning Code is dedicated to their complete streets policy. This section dictates that the city adopt a complete streets policy, and plan for, design, construct, maintain, and operate all streets to reflect complete streets principles to accommodate all users and modes. The section also allows for updates to be made as needed. The demand that the city maintain its streets to reflect complete streets policies will increase the likelihood of citizens utilizing alternative modes of transportation to vehicles. The red.. Read More
City of Tumwater Aquifer Protection Overlay Zone (AQP) Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Aquifer Protection, Overlay District    
Washington
Municipal
Tumwater, Washington, has three related aquifer protection ordinances. The Aquifer Protection Overlay zone (AQP) “protect[s] vulnerable aquifer recharge areas within the City and urban growth area” by “impos[ing] additional restrictions on development in order to protect public health and safety by preserving the existing and future groundwater supply.” The district restricts seven activities unless they comply with best management practices... Read More
County of Lexington-Fayette Greenspace Commission
Date Added: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Open Space Preservation, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
Kentucky
Municipal
The urban county government of Lexington-Fayette has established a Greenspace Commission, which has been mandated to “(1) to develop a comprehensive open space plan and (2) to preserve, protect and enhance open space in the county”, and which is enabled to identify, for example, natural areas environmentally sensitive areas, and water resources and seeks to protect and preserve them and, where appropriate, to enhance them. In addition, the unique nature of this body has been the charge to “utilize and manage open space in a comprehensive and s.. Read More
City of Modesto Density Bonus Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Affordable Housing , Incentive Zoning, Density    
California
Municipal
Under the Density Bonus Ordinance, Modesto’s density bonuses are awarded in relation to the percentage of affordable units provided. If a developer shows economic necessity, an additional incentive may be provided by the city (reduction in site development standards, modification of zoning requirements, financial incentives, and donation of land). A 25% density bonus may be awarded for condominium conversions if 33% of the total units are for moderate income, or 15% are reserved for low-income. A ten-year restriction is placed on the deed if.. Read More
City of Hannibal Recycling Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Recycling    
Missouri
Municipal
This ordinance includes a detailed description of items to be separated from trash for recycling and the containers in which to put the recycling. .. Read More
Town of Malta Planned Development Districts – Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Planned Development Districts, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 167 of the Town Code for the Town of Malta sets forth the requirements for developing the planned development district. The regulations imposed on the developer include size requirements of developments, the set-asides for work-force, and specifications related to retirement housing. The planning board may also add additional requirements which are deemed necessary. There is an automatic termination within 5 years if site plan approval or the building permit has not been obtained, or construction has yet to commence... 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
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
New York State General City Law: Chapter 21; Article 3 Official Maps & Planning Boards; § 27 Planning Board, Creating & Appointing
Date Added: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
New York
State
This law authorizes cities in New York State to create Planning boards, and describes the appointment procedures for these boards. The law specifies such things as what persons are eligible for positions on the Planning Boards, what the term of service should be for these positions, the size of the Boards, and the voting procedures. .. Read More
State of New York Official Map Changes Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Development Standards, Official Map, Site Plan Approval, Zoning, Street & Sidewalk Development    
New York
State
This law authorizes city legislatures to change or add to the official map of the city in order to lay out new streets, highways parks and even drainage systems. Changes are made subject to adequate notice to those persons noted on last real property tax notice which is to be included in such proposed layout, and are subject to report by planning board who may forfeit right to suspend further action if no response is rendered within thirty days of such reference. Adopted changes become part of city’s official map and are deemed final... Read More
City of Albuquerque Water Conservation Landscaping and Water Waste Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Landscaping, Water Conservation    
New Mexico
Municipal
This law attempts to set out guidelines for water conservation in Albuquerque, NM. It includes restrictions on landscape watering, guidance on water conservative fixtures for home building, and a program to promote xeriscaping. .. Read More
State of Illinois Local Boards & Practices – County Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Local Boards, State Land Use Law, Zoning    
Illinois
State
Primary county zoning authority is vested in the “county board” or “board of county commissioners;” however, corporate county authorities must appoint, confirm, and provide for a “zoning commission” to exercise powers delegated under general zoning enabling authority. Such commissions (a) provide public notice, (b) conduct public hearings, (c) prepare tentative reports, and (d) draft and revise proposed ordinances. County authorities may appoint a “board of appeals” pursuant to county population standards to hear all appropriate actions as spec.. Read More
Township of Stafford Wellhead Protection Overlay Zone
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Aquifer Protection, Overlay District    
New Jersey
Municipal
This ordinance establishes an overlay zone that prohibits or restricts certain uses and activities within 1,000 feet of an existing public well. Such activities include the above or below ground storage and disposal of hazardous waste. .. Read More
Town of Saugerties Waterfront Overlay District
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Coastal Protection, Land Use Planning, Overlay District, Planned Development Districts, Site Design Standards    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Saugerties adopted the Waterfront Overlay District (WOD) to protect and enhance the shoreline by protecting water quality and preventing erosion along the Hudson River, Esopus Creek, and Plattekill Creek. All development in the WOD District will be reviewed on a case by case via the site plan review process to ensure appropriate layout and design of all properties. The WOD is superimposed over the basic zoning districts, therefore regulations from the underlying district and the WOD apply in those areas. Properties or portions of pr.. Read More
Edwards Aquifer Protection Regulations
Date Added: Thursday, July 23, 2015
Aquifer Protection    
Texas
Municipal
In the San Marcos, Texas Code of Ordinances, Chapter 94 Development Standards, Edwards Aquifer Protection Regulations. The purpose of this ordinance is to protect the Edwards Aquifer from pollution. The aquifer has significant environmental, economic, and recreational values. The ordinance regulates development over the aquifer in order to protect health and environmental features such as endangered species. It functions by limiting impervious coverage in the recharge and transition zones of the aquifer... 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
State of New York Indebtedness Provision for Public Services Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Intermunicipal Agreements, Sewage Management, Stormwater Management, Drinking Water Protection & Conservation    
New York
State
This provision of the New York State Constitution allows the legislature to authorize any municipality or combination of two or more public corporations to contract indebtedness in order to supply public services. In certain circumstances, the provision also allows the municipalities in excess of its needs. Services addressed in this provision include: water supply, drainage, and sewage disposal... Read More
Town of Newtown Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Agriculture, Zoning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
Connecticut
Municipal
The town of Newtown created a conservation and agriculture zone, which, in part, is focused on the retention of agriculture as a beneficial industry within the town. No land or structure within the zone may be altered except for the purposes of natural resource conservation or farming... Read More
New York State Town Law – Article Seventy-Eight Proceeding Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Local Boards, Zoning    
New York
State
This law creates a procedure through which a party may challenge the decision of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Persons aggrieved by a decision of the Zoning Board of Appeals may apply to the New York State Supreme Court for review through Article Seventy-Eight of the Civil Practice Law and Rules. Under this section, the Supreme Court is authorized to reverse, affirm, or modify a decision that is brought up for review... Read More
State of New York Environmental Quality Review Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Environmental Impact Review Requirements, Local Boards, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
State
This law mandates that agencies within the state to require that an environmental impact statement be filed with them, before any person or business undertakes a project which may have potentially adverse environmental consequences. The law also describes the procedures for filing the impact statements and reviewing them. .. Read More
City of Ronhert Park Local Energy Efficiency Standards & Green Buildings Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
California
Municipal
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
State of New York Bill of Rights for Local Governments
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Land Acquisition, Local Boards, Local Governance    
New York
State
The Bill of Rights for Local Government establishes the conditions under which local governments shall operate. In addition to procedures for the formation of local governments, this provision of the Constitution governs procedures regarding eminent domain, public utilities, and annexation of property... Read More
City of Ames Zoning Code; Section 29.1309- Solar Energy Systems
Date Added: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The City of Ames, Iowa has dedicated a whole section in the “Additional Requirements for Specific Uses” Article of its City Code to the implementation of solar energy systems, § 29.1309. Section 1309’s purpose is to “facilitate the installation and constructions of solar energy systems so that the systems are safe, effective, and efficient, as well as harmonious with the character of the adjacent area where located.” The section goes on to list the design and placement requirements for Freestanding, Residential Attached, and Non-Residential Att.. Read More
Town of Ossining Code § 183-11(B)(2)(d) Tree Protection & Solar Access; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Ossining’s tree protection ordinance authorizes approval authorities to grant a tree removal permit if removal will have a positive effect upon (among other things) solar access for the property owner and nearby properties. Town of Ossining, NY, Code § 183-11(B)(2)(d). .. Read More
City of Chanhassen Bluff Creek Overlay District
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Overlay District    
Minnesota
Municipal
The goal of this ordinance is to protect the ecosystems within the local watershed. The region is mapped and classified, and development has to be designed to minimize the impact on the waterways, wetlands, bluffs, trees, and other natural features... Read More
County of Leon Aquifer and Wellhead Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Aquifer Protection    
Florida
Municipal
The ordinance protects and maintains the quality and quantity of groundwater in the county through the regulation of specific uses and wells. Requirements for the registration of businesses and agencies that use regulated substances and remediation activities should hazardous discharges occur are included. This regulation includes public education requirements, a provision for program funding through a fee system, and a mechanism for inspections... Read More
New York State Statute of Local Governments: Chapter 58-A of the Consolidated Laws
Date Added: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Local Governance    
New York
State
The Statute of Local Governments grants powers to local governments pursuant the State Constitution. These include, but are not limited to, the powers to adopt, amend and repeal ordinances, acquire real property, establish recreational facilities on the property, and administer rent in connection with the property. Local governments can also adopt zoning regulations and perform comprehensive planning work related to their jurisdiction. The legislature reserves several powers to enact laws including those laws relating to defense of state in .. Read More
Village of Port Jefferson Required Training for Members of Planning Board & Zoning Board of Appeals
Date Added: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
New York
Municipal
The Required Training for Members of Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals Law (or § 250-54) of the Municipal Code for the Village of Port Jefferson recognizes that the training of planning board and zoning board of appeals members is essential to allow them to carry out their duties. Minimum training requirements are set out and reimbursement provisions are provided for cost of training as well as travel, lodging, and meal expense... Read More
State of North Carolina Historic District Preservation Ordinances
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Historic District Preservation, State Land Use Law    
North Carolina
State
Under the enabling statutes found within Chapter 160A, Article 19, at Part 3C, both cities and counties (“municipalities”) have the authority to establish historic districts and designate landmarks as part of a zoning or other ordinance. § 160A-400.2, § 160A-400.4. “Such ordinances may treat historic districts as either a separate use district classification or as districts which overlay other zoning districts.” § 160A-400.4. Before a municipality can establish a historic district, it must appoint a historic preservation commission. § 160A-400... 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
Town of Enfield Conservation District Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Ridgeline Protection    
New Hampshire
Municipal
This is a law that regulates use in the conservation district. It limits commercial development and regulates the aesthetic nature of developments as well as protecting natural resources such as riparian areas... Read More
Town of Brookhaven Water Resources Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 28, 2017
Aquifer Protection, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 78 of the Town Code for the Town of Brookhaven intends to protect local groundwater from appropriation, pollution, and removal. No person may remove subterranean water or discharge industrial waste into such water within the town without obtaining a permit. A person may remove subterranean water provided it is recharged into the ground in the town. Permits are issued only if the removal of the water or the discharge of waste will not diminish or harm the supply of groundwater. The town may charge a fee to use the water. The town ma.. Read More
City of Fayetteville Tree Preservation & Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Landscaping, Tree Preservation & Protection    
Arkansas
Municipal
This ordinance was enacted in order to provide for “regulation of the preservation, planning, maintenance, and removal of trees within the city.” This is achieved through the creation of a tree registry to protect trees that are valuable due to their history or their species. In addition, the ordinance provides guidelines for general protection of the trees under circumstances such as development, pruning, and planting. .. Read More
State of North Carolina Mountain Ridge Protection Act – Counties
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Ridgeline Protection, State Land Use Law    
North Carolina
State
This section authorizes counties to adopt the Mountain Ridge Protection Act and provides that if a county does so, it must comply with all the Act’s provisions unless it specifically removes itself from coverage... Read More
City of San Diego Municipal Code - Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
California
Municipal
In the interest of gaining compliance with municipal statutes (including zoning/land use laws), the San Diego city council enacted a statute to allow for mediation of all disputes involving San Diego statutes as well as applicable California and federal statutes. The municipal code allows for both mediation and facilitation. .. Read More
FEMA Model Ordinance for Flood Loss Reduction & Fish Habitat
Date Added: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Flood Prevention, Floodplain Regulations, Floodwater Management, Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Disaster Mitigation    
State: Not Applicable
U.S. Federal
This model ordinance provides a framework for flood loss reduction regulations for use by any state in conjunction with affected counties or municipalities. Section one explicitly delegates State authority to local governmental bodies to adopt regulations to protect the public health, safety, and welfare of residents. Flood losses occur because of the cumulative effect of obstructions in special flood hazard areas. The purpose of the model ordinance is to promote the public health, safety, and welfare by reducing losses due to flooding by ma.. Read More
County of King Surface Water Management Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Enforcement, Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
Washington
Municipal
The Surface Water Management Title is a comprehensive set of regulations focused on surface water management. A drainage review is required for certain projects such as all development with >5000 SF of impervious surface, development near sensitive or critical areas, or is development of an existing site over certain size and financial thresholds. Drainage review consists of several core requirements including discharge requirements, off-site analysis, and flow control. There is also a Water Quality section that implements a fee structure based.. Read More
Zoning Prohibiting Fast-Food Establishments
Date Added: Monday, June 4, 2018
Healthy Communities, Low Nutrition Uses    
New York
Municipal
This zoning code removes fast-food establishments from the community and improves the public health through reducing consumption of unhealthy foods. Section 4.7.1 of Concord’s zoning code expressly states: “Drive-in or fast food restaurants are expressly prohibited. A drive-in or fast food restaurant is defined as any establishment whose principal business is the sale of foods or beverages in a ready-to-consume state, for consumption within the building or off-premises, and whose principal method of operation includes: (1) sale of foods and bev.. Read More
State of Illinois Affordable Housing Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Affordable Housing , Local Boards, State Land Use Law    
Illinois
State
Corporate municipal authorities are granted broad powers to provide for the development of affordable housing, pursuant to 65 ILL. COMP. STAT. 5/11-11.1-1 (2004. Municipal authorities may prescribe by ordinance fair and unfair housing practices, establish “Fair Housing Commissions” or “Human Relations Commissions,” prohibit discrimination based on “race, color, religion, sex, creed, ancestry, national origin, or physical or mental handicap” in transactions associated with residential occupancy, and establish penalties to enforce such ordinances.. Read More
Tahoe Region Bonus Unit Incentive Program
Date Added: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Incentive Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
Regional Planning Entity
The Tahoe Regional Planning Authority Bonus Unit Incentive Program encourages the provision of environmental services to the Tahoe region, which may include land conservation and protection, regional smart growth infrastructure, habitat restoration, public recreation opportunities, and reduced land cover, in return for additional units for a residential or tourist accommodation project. The program grants additional residential units or tourist accommodation units based on a point system rewarded for mitigation measures to the region above and .. Read More
City of Del Mar Solar Energy Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
California
Municipal
Del Mar, California has integrated an entire chapter in its zoning code on solar energy. The chapter “is intended to implement adopted federal, state, and local policies by decreasing the City’s dependence upon non-renewable energy systems for sources through the encouragement of solar energy systems for the hearing of buildings and water.” Chapter 23.20 goes on to define important terms used within the chapter and lists specific regulations for space heating and cooling of new structures, remodels of existing structures, and use of solar syste.. 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 Milwaukie Solar Access Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Solar Energy    
Oregon
Municipal
Milwaukie’s solar access ordinance seeks to provide solar access protection to new development in subdivisions, new and remodeled single-family homes, structures within single-family zoning districts and homes which make beneficial use of solar energy; promote energy conservation; and provide a means of encouraging investment in solar design and solar equipment... Read More
Town of Eden Wind Energy Conversion Systems Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Wind Energy    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 217 of the Town Code for the Town of Eden is designed to promote the effective and efficient use of wind energy conversion systems (WECS) and to regulate the placement of wind energy conversion systems so that the public health, safety, natural resources, and aesthetics will not be jeopardized. .. Read More
State of South Carolina Educational Requirements Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Local Boards, Mandatory Training    
South Carolina
State
This law requires land use training for members of planning and zoning boards of appeal and related employees in South Carolina. The law requires that planning board and zoning board of appeals members and employees attend an initial training program at the beginning of their tenure and then attend annual training programs thereafter. All programs must be approved by an advisory committee and the topic of the program can include land use planning, zoning, transportation, ethics, public hearing procedure, housing, land subdivision, and the pow.. Read More
Town of Mamaroneck Coastal Zone Management Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Coastal Protection, Intermunicipal Agreements    
New York
Municipal
The purpose of this statute is to establish the Coastal Zone Management Commission to monitor and coordinate the implementation of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program of the Town of Mamaroneck and the Village of Larchmont. According to this statute, the Commission must consist of 11 members (five residents of Larchmont appointed by the Village of Larchmont, five residents of the unincorporated area of Mamaroneck appointed by the Town of Mamaroneck, and 1 chair appointed by both municipalities). Members must serve without compensation... 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 Gloucester Interim Planning Overlay District
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Intermunicipal Agreements, Overlay District, Sewage Management, Smart Growth    
Massachusetts
Municipal
This ordinance is primarily concerned with the potential for overburdening of city sewer lines upon the completion of an intermunicipal agreement between The City of Gloucester and the Town of Essex. In order to prevent such an occurrence, they have created overlay zones to ensure orderly growth, provide the city time to study the effects, preserve community attributes, and to implement recommendations of the comprehensive plan... Read More
City of Memphis Amenity Incentives Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Incentive Zoning    
Tennessee
Municipal
This ordinance provides for floor area bonuses in exchange for public pedestrian plazas/ arcades. To qualify for the floor area bonus, the plaza/ arcade must meet specific design criteria. A floor area bonus may also be awarded for the development of affordable housing. This ordinance is especially notable as development incentives are also established to encourage participation in the implementation of a comprehensive greenway network... Read More
City of New York Special Midtown District Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Development Standards, Incentive Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The City of New York created incentive zoning in 1961 to acquire available open space in densely packed commercial or business districts. Article VIII, Chapter 1 in the New York City Zoning Resolution regulates floor area bonus for Special Midtown District. As-of-right “floor area” bonuses are not permitted in this district... 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
County of Blaine Wildlife & Scenic Highway Overlay Districts
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Overlay District    
Idaho
Municipal
Although Blaine County, Idaho, has a small population (the largest city is Hailey, pop. 6000), its municipal code includes several environmental protections, including two overlay districts. The wildlife overlay district is designed to protect migratory routes of the major species in the county, particularly elk, deer, and antelope, by restricting residential development and requiring residents to work closely with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The scenic highway overlay district was written in part to prevent wildlife from being tra.. Read More
Town of New Hartford, New York Code § 118- 74 – Solar Energy Systems
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Town of New Hartford’s solar energy system regulation defines freestanding or ground- mounted solar energy systems as those directly installed in the ground and not attached or affixed to an existing structure. Rooftop mounted or building mounted systems are defined as those with solar panels mounted on top of a roof structure either as a flush-mounted system or modules fixed to frames that can be tilted toward the south at an optimal angle. The regulation defines small-scale solar as solar photovoltaic systems rated up to ten kW per hour o.. Read More
Michigan Sample Conservation Easement
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Open Space Preservation    
Michigan
State
This is a model conservation easement that demonstrates the necessary elements of a conservation easement. Particular sections are specific to Michigan, but the general format may be followed in other states. .. Read More
Town of Brookhaven Moratorium on Development of Substandard Parcels
Date Added: Friday, April 28, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Moratoria    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 17C of the Town Code for the Town of Brookhaven creates a moratorium halting construction on substandard parcels (lot width of less than 60 feet or a lot area of less than 6,000 square feet) until the Board completes planning studies to enact comprehensive zoning changes. Though, there are exceptions for work in progress and hardship as described below. The moratorium is based on a desire for comprehensive planning and smart growth for the present and the future. .. Read More
City of Ketchum Dark Sky Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Lighting    
Idaho
Municipal
To protect the ability to view the night sky and conserve resources, the city of Ketchum passed a law known as the “Dark Sky Ordinance” in June of 1999. The ordinance regulates exterior lighting by requiring lights to shine downward only and reduce glare. Dr. Stephen Pauley, a local retired physician, was the visionary behind the ordinance. The town focused its efforts on an aggressive awareness campaign for businesses and residents, and provided inexpensive ways to change current fixtures. .. Read More
New York State Town Law – Ordinances & Licenses
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Local Boards, Local Governance, Street & Sidewalk Development    
New York
State
Article 9, sections 130-139 of New York Consolidated laws describes the authority town ordinances might have over building construction, maintenance, and removal; plumbing regulations; dwellings; sidewalks, streets, and highways; fire prevention; encroaching walls; pets and wildlife and other areas. The article also describes the procedures of effecting an ordinance, the issuing of licenses, and the role of the building inspector... Read More
Town of Woodstock Agricultural Land Preservation and Land Acquisition Fund
Date Added: Monday, October 17, 2016
Land Acquisition, Agriculture    
Connecticut
Municipal
This ordinance authorizes and sets up funds for the preservation and acquisition of agricultural land as open space in the town. A commission was established to promote this goal made up of both citizens as well as community board members... Read More
New York State Town Law – Purposes in View Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, State Land Use Law, Transportation & Land Use Planning, Zoning, Disaster Mitigation    
New York
State
This ordinance explains the purpose behind granting zoning and land use planning authority to municipalities in New York State. .. Read More
City of Happy Valley Development Agreements Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Development Standards, Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Steep Slope Protection    
Oregon
Municipal
Law authorizing the City to delay surface work (except for surveying and staking) on land if the City finds that severe erosion will present a danger. .. Read More
County of Fairfax Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
Virginia
Municipal
This ordinance not only requires that land disturbing activity meets Virginia best management practice guidelines, but lists several more stringent controls. For instance, the use of brush or rebar-enforced straw bale barriers is not allowed. Additionally, this ordinance lists a number of fees which must be paid prior to the issuance of any land disturbing permits including: soil report fees, drainage study fees, and water quality fees... Read More
New York State Town Law: § 271. Town Planning Board, Creation & Appointment
Date Added: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
New York
State
This law describes the creation and appointment procedures for Planning Boards in Towns located in New York State. The law specifies such things as: what persons are eligible for positions on the Planning Boards, what the term of service should be for these positions, the size of the Boards, and the voting procedures. .. Read More
Town of New Paltz Water Conservation Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Water Conservation    
New York
Municipal
This law was adopted by the Town of New Paltz in order to conform with the performance standards of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law, which places water conservation requirements on sink and lavatory faucets, shower heads, urinals and toilets. The law also places water conservation requirements on air-conditioning systems and car washes. .. Read More
Town of Limington Article VII: Performance Standards, Specific Activities, and Land Uses – Aquifer Protection Provision
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Aquifer Protection    
Maine
Municipal
This ordinance regulates those who use the aquifer for the purpose of water extraction and prohibits the extraction of water to the extent that it causes undesirable changes in groundwater flow, pollution, and sedimentation or erosion. The ordinance is designed to provide general provisions that maintain safe and healthful conditions associated with groundwater use and extraction... Read More
Establishing Land Use Protections for Community Gardens
Date Added: Monday, June 4, 2018
Healthy Communities, Food Deserts    
New York
Municipal
New York City passed a zoning resolution defining “FRESH” food stores as a store with at least 6,000 sq. ft. of space utilized for selling grocery products intended for home preparation and consumption. At least 50% of the space must be used for non-perishable items, and at least 30% must be used for the sale of perishable goods. At least 500 ft. of the perishable food section must be dedicated to fresh produce. The city has offered to modify density and parking requirements to encourage establishment of “FRESH” food stores. Dedicating these.. Read More
City of Bowling Green Control of Erosion and Filling or Obstruction of Natural Drainage Crevices, Sinkholes, Ditches and Known Subterranean Water Channels
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
Kentucky
Municipal
The ordinance serves as a means of controlling typical problems associated with erosion, along with some unique problems such as fire prevention. Uniform permit standards apply to such projects that alter, improve, or disturb any natural drainage crevice, sinkhole, ditch, known subterranean water channel, closed systems, catch basins, dry wells or any other drainage facilities whether natural or constructed... Read More
Township of Bethlehem Land Use Regulations § 102-37.3; Solar Energy Facilities; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Monday, December 18, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New Jersey
Municipal
The Township of Bethlehem’s solar energy facilities regulation requires minor site plan approval for ground-mounted solar energy facilities between 2,000 square feet and 10 acres in size while requiring preliminary and final site plan approval for systems greater than 10 acres in size. The planning board or an appointed site plan subcommittee may waive the minor site plan approval requirement if the proposed facility is reasonable and adheres to the solar regulation’s general purpose and intent. In addition to Bethlehem’s standard site plan req.. Read More
City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina Land Development Code § 704(C)(9) – Solar access
Date Added: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Solar Energy    
North Carolina
Municipal
The City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina’s landscaping regulations apply to all proposed development for which a site plan is required; however, if existing development on an adjoining lot is designed for solar access, the regulations authorize site plan applicants to substitute small trees for large trees where large trees would destroy solar access... Read More
City of Eugene Transit Oriented Development Overlay Zone
Date Added: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Overlay District, Pedestrian Oriented Design (POD), Transit Oriented Development (TOD)    
Oregon
Municipal
The City Code of Eugene, Oregon provides for a Transit Development Overlay Zone (TD) in the hopes of encouraging mixed land uses in areas that have a high potential for enhanced transit and pedestrian activity. Eugene is located about 50 miles east of the Oregon coast, on the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette rivers, with a population of about 155,000. The city is the county seat of Lane County, and is the second largest city in the state. The Lane Transit District (LTD) is the area’s major public transportation system, providing ove.. Read More
Town of Woodstock Preliminary Discussion Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pre-Application & Consensus Building    
Connecticut
Municipal
Prior to submitting a formal application for a zoning permit or special permit, applicants in the Town of Woodstock are encouraged to prepare a rough conceptual plan of the proposed project or use, and to discuss the proposal with the Zoning Enforcement Officer and/or the Planning & Zoning Commission. These discussions are informal and non-binding. In addition, to better facilitate the overall subdivision application and design process in Woodstock, it is strongly recommended that a pre-application meeting be held between the Applicant, the si.. Read More
Town of Yorktown Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
New York
Municipal
The purpose of this chapter is to safeguard persons, protect property, prevent damage to the environment and promote the public welfare by guiding, regulating and controlling the design, construction, use and maintenance of any development or other activity which disturbs or breaks the surface of soil or results in the movement of earth on land situated in the Town. .. Read More
Town of Normal Environmentally Sensitive Design Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
Illinois
Municipal
The town of Normal rests in the heart of central Illinois, with a population of roughly 50,000 residents. Over the past several years, the town has been making efforts to revitalize its downtown area through new construction projects, remodeling of older buildings, and more modern infrastructure. Recognizing the importance of sustainable development, the Town Council formed the “Green Team” in 2006, to advance Normal’s environmental stewardship initiative. Additionally, the Council passed an ordinance to promote “Environmentally Sensitive De.. Read More
State of Illinois Transfer of Development Rights – County Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
State Land Use Law, Transfer of Development Rights (TDR)    
Illinois
State
As enumerated under the powers to preserve scenic and historic resources, in 55 ILL. COMP. STAT. 5/5-30004 (2004), corporate county authorities may establish a system for the “transfer of development rights,” including the necessary means to deposit and transfer such rights into a “development rights bank.” The system is to be modeled after the system established for municipalities under 65 ILL. COMP. STAT. 5/11-48.2-1A(4) (2004). All receipts arising from such transfers must be deposited in a special county account, and applied against expendi.. Read More
Town of Yorktown Conservation Area Protection Laws
Date Added: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Conservation Districts & Subdivisions    
New York
Municipal
The Conservation Area Protection Laws regulate certain land uses to preserve the physical condition of certain real property. Specifically, the purpose of the Chapter 140 is the preservation or maintaining the scenic, open, historic, architectural, natural or open physical condition of the real property... Read More
City of Ketchum Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Idaho
Municipal
The City of Ketchum incorporates solar access throughout its zoning regulations. One way in which the city integrated solar access is in the context of parks. According to its regulations, parks will be designed to have open space for solar access during the colder months. Another example is within the city’s Design Review District. One of Ketchum’s purposes for that District is to “provide for and protect existing light, air, solar access and orientation, privacy, views, and vistas by the proper and efficient location of building sites and des.. Read More
Town of Brookhaven Planned Retirement Congregate Housing Community Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Affordable Housing , Senior Housing    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 85, Article XIIA of the Town Code for the Town of Brookhaven creates a Planned Retirement Congregate Housing Community District, in order to give affordable housing options to the elderly community in the Town of Brookhaven, NY. .. 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 of Olean, New York Code of Ordinances Article 10.25 – Solar Energy Production Facilities
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
Article 10.25 details the requirements for solar systems in the city of Olean, New York. A Solar Energy Production Facility (aka a Solar Farm) is permitted in certain districts under a Special Use Permit. § 10.25.5 subsections (1) and (3)(a-d) describe decommissioning and abandonment requirements. All applications for a solar farm shall include a decommissioning plan to ensure that the site will be restored to a useful, nonhazardous condition without delay upon abandonment or cessation of activity. The decommissioning plan shall include, b.. Read More
Town of Greenburgh Protection of Steep Slopes Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Steep Slope Protection, Watershed Protection, Drinking Water Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The purpose of Chapter 245 of Greenburgh’s Town Code is to prevent erosion and sedimentation, including loss of topsoil, and protection of the water quality. Through this chapter, the Town also seeks to minimize the development of hilltops and ridgelines wherever possible. .. Read More
State of New York County Law – Reforested Lands Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Land Acquisition, Open Space Preservation, Tree Preservation & Protection    
New York
State
This section of the General Powers of Board Supervisors gives the Board supervisors the power to purchase, acquire, or accept by gift lands for the purposes of reforestation. The ordinance establishes the procedures for taxation and assessment of the land as well as financial assistance procedures. .. 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
County of Cherokee Lighting Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Lighting    
New York
Municipal
This ordinance places restrictions on lighting in order to protect the views of the “starry skies” and increase safety on the roads for drivers... Read More
State of North Carolina Adult Entertainment Ordinances
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Adult Entertainment, State Land Use Law    
North Carolina
State
Section 160A-181.1 authorizes cities and counties to regulate sexually oriented businesses through zoning ordinances, licensing requirements, or other “appropriate ordinances.” Such regulations may include, but are not limited to: restrictions on the location; restrictions on operations, including, inter alia, hours and exterior advertising and noise; reasonable moratoria on new or expanded facilities while studies are conducted and ordinances are considered; and requirements that existing businesses come into compliance with new ordinances. § .. Read More
City of Chicago Vacant Buildings Registration Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Vacant & Distressed Properties    
Illinois
Municipal
The city of Chicago, Illinois, enacted an ordinance requiring owners of vacant buildings to perform several tasks within 30 days of the building’s vacancy. These tasks include: enclosing and securing the building; posting a sign on the building providing the owner’s and his or her agent’s contact information; acquiring substantial liability insurance for the building and; registering the vacant building with the Department of Buildings. This registration last for six months and costs $250. If the building remains vacant at the end of the si.. Read More
State of North Carolina Wildlife Habitat Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
State Land Use Law, Wildlife & Fish Habitat    
North Carolina
State
Cities and counties have some authority over wildlife habitat protection by virtue of their ability to implement watershed improvement projects, which are defined at § 139-3(17) as those involving flood prevention, drainage improvement, water supply, soil and water conservation, recreation facilities, fish and wildlife habitat, or other related purposes. (See Watershed Planning, above.) However, North Carolina gives primary responsibility for protecting wildlife habitat to the state-level Natural Heritage Program under the Nature Preserves Act,.. 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 Irondequoit River Harbor District Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Economic Development, Zoning, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The River Harbor District, as laid out in Article XXIV of the Town Code, is designed to provide a suitable character and stable environment for the establishment and maintenance of water-dependent and/or water-enhanced uses and activities along the east bank of the Genesee River near the Port of Rochester. The district is also designed to promote appropriate residential and economic development and to improve public access to the riverfront. Other goals of the district include protection of the unique and sensitive environmental features that e.. Read More
City of Lincoln Floodplain Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Floodplain Regulations    
Nebraska
Municipal
The current ordinances of Lincoln are currently being posted in anticipation of the revised ordinances which are expected to be passed by the summer of 2004. The revised ordinances, which are specifically for new-growth areas, endorse the policy of No Adverse Impact, and the regulations reflect these tenets with provisions that include “no net rise”, “compensatory storage” and “minimum flood corridor”... Read More
Village of Croton-on-Hudson Water Supply Protection
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Aquifer Protection, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Drinking Water Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The Water Supply Protection Code of the Village of Croton-on-Hudson establishes protective land use regulations for the watershed affecting well fields. It defines the three zones affecting the quality of the aquifer and provides a degree of regulation or management for each zone in order to protect the water supply source from contamination. The three-zone system is superimposed on existing land use zones, and requirements of the underlying districts shall continue to apply, except in the event of a conflict, where the more restrictive require.. Read More
Town of Blooming Grove Landscaping & Environmental Requirements; Performance Standards Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Landscaping, Local Environmental Law, Zoning    
New York
Municipal
The Landscaping and Environmental Requirements; Performance Standards ordinance requires conformance with standards for noise; vibration; smoke, dust, and other atmospheric pollutants; odors; toxic or noxious matter; radiation and electromagnetic interference; fire, explosive and heat; liquid and solid wastes; traffic and lighting. The planning board may vary or waive minimum landscape requirements and erosion and sedimentation control due to special characteristics of the project or site... Read More
Town of North Stonington Right-to-Farm Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Agriculture, Right-to-Farm    
Connecticut
Municipal
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
City of Bentonville Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Arkansas
Municipal
The city of Bentonville, Arkansas has created a separate Article, 601, in its Zoning Code for all use regulations. Section 601.24 specifically describes the requirements for solar energy systems. Bentonville considers the number of solar panels and supporting equipment as one system, without any limitation as to the number of modules and arrays installed on the property. The section includes location, height, and setback requirements for roof mounted, ground mounted systems, and pole mounted systems. Section 601.24 also includes regulations for.. Read More
Town of Batavia Disposal of Solid Waste Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Sewage Management    
New York
Municipal
This law outlines the application procedures for person applying to receive a permit to deposit fill on his or her land for purposes outlined within this section. .. Read More
Town of Taos Outdoor Lighting on Public & Private Property Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Lighting    
New Mexico
Municipal
This ordinance creates guidelines for outdoor lighting on private property to prevent light pollution, as well as to conserve energy while still providing for public safety and security... Read More
Town of Gardiner Notification Requirements for Applications Relating to Certain Land Use Approvals Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Site Plan Approval    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Gardiner Notification Requirement for Land Use Approvals outlines the procedure for applications for land use approvals and zoning changes as they affect neighborhood property owners, the Town Board, the Planning Board, and the Zoning Board of Appeals. The law provides that notices of public hearings must be printed in local newspapers and lists the time frames in which parties must be notified regarding the application and the public hearing. The law also includes what radius of property owners must be notified for the following ap.. Read More
State of Louisiana Green Space Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Land Use Planning, Local Environmental Law, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
Louisiana
State
This model law provides a template for Louisiana parishes wishing to implement a green space ordinance to preserve water resources. The model law creates a servitude on the property between the property owner and the parish government and is a mandatory prerequisite for the issuance of any and all building permits. The servitude provides for a certain percentage of land on a property that shall remain in a natural, undisturbed or revegetated state, and allows the parish to enter the land for random inspections or following a complaint; the pa.. Read More
City of Fayetteville Imposition of Development Impact Fees Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Impact Fees    
New York
Municipal
Fayetteville has an impact fee statute which requires a developer to pay for engaging in development. This payment of this fee is designed to rebuild infrastructure or otherwise protect the environment in proportion to the developments impact on the community in relation to the impact the activity has on the environment. The ordinance has multiple exceptions for development which does not increase the housing units on a parcel... Read More
Town of Shelter Island Nature Preserve System
Date Added: Monday, April 17, 2017
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Shelter Island Nature Preserve System is a regulation meant to supplement existing town regulations and procedures so that certain Town-owned and privately owned properties can be protected from inappropriate use and development. The Act is meant to protect the natural diversity that exists in natural areas that are being threatened by population growth and a developing economy. .. Read More
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
Bicycle Parking Regulation to Promote Biking
Date Added: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Healthy Communities, Bicycle Infrastructure    
Massachusetts
Municipal
Article 6.100 of Cambridge, Massachusetts’s Zoning Ordinance was designed to expand bicycle parking requirements to promote bicycle use within the city. Bicycle transportation provides economic, environmental, and human health benefits by promoting a smaller carbon footprint, a more diverse consumer market, cardiovascular exercise, and reduced street congestion. Article 6 of the Zoning Ordinance includes a table of metrics which designates the number of bicycle parking spaces that must be available in correlation with the type of structure (.. Read More
Village of Larchmont Coastal Zone Management Commission Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Coastal Protection, Intermunicipal Agreements, Local Boards    
New York
Municipal
The purpose of this statute is to further the common interests of the Town of Mamaroneck and the Village of Larchmont. That interest is to protect the local coastal zone and establish the Coastal Zone Management Commission to monitor and coordinate the implementation of the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program of the Town of Mamaroneck and the Village of Larchmont. This statute requires the Commission to consist of 11 members (five residents of Larchmont appointed by the Village of Larchmont, five residents of the unincorporated area of Mama.. Read More
District of Columbia Quick Acquisition of Abandoned & Nuisance Property
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Vacant & Distressed Properties    
State: Not Applicable
Municipal
The District of Columbia enacted the Quick Acquisition of Abandoned and Nuisance Property Act. This act provides the Mayor authority to file petition in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to alleviate nuisance and blight conditions on abandoned properties. The petition may seek to condemn, take possession, or take title to abandoned properties. Upon filing petition, the Mayor must deposit with the court, fair market value of the abandoned property and file notice of the petition with the recorder of deeds. If the fair market val.. Read More
County of Cherokee Conservation Subdivision Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Conservation Districts & Subdivisions    
Georgia
Municipal
This ordinance provides density neutral cluster development for greater flexibility of design and environmental protections. Three main features of the ordinance are: 1) it is density neutral and encourages preservation; 2) it calls out rare plants and animals as having a right to protection through zoning; and 3) it has broad authority to protect “wetlands, aquifers, topographical or soil features, marine and wildlife habitat; and other features having conservation values, including views, vistas, and indigenous vegetation.”.. Read More
City of Greensboro Repairing Buildings for Human Inhabitation Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Vacant & Distressed Properties    
North Carolina
Municipal
The North Carolina Legislature enacted a statute for the City of Greensboro allowing the local legislature to assign a public officer authority to serve complaints upon the owner/party in interest of homes that do not meet the minimum standards of their housing code. Before issuing a complaint, the public officer must be notified by at least five residents of the breach of the housing code. The complaint shall notify that owner/party in interest that they have 10-30 days to schedule a public meeting, and that they have the right to file an an.. Read More
Village of Bellwood Neighborhood Preservation Program
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Vacant & Distressed Properties    
Illinois
Municipal
The Village of Bellwood passed an ordinance creating a Neighborhood Preservation Program in an effort to prevent the deterioration and abandonment of housing in traditional neighborhoods; preserve, coordinate, and concentrate maintenance efforts in designated areas; promote private investment in housing in those neighborhoods; and promote community involvement in all such activities. The Program sets forth six (6) criteria under which an area is eligible for designation as a Neighborhood Preservation Area, including but not limited to: where t.. Read More
Town of Bedford Community Preservation Ordinances
Date Added: Monday, October 17, 2016
Land Acquisition, Open Space Preservation    
Massachusetts
Municipal
Bedford’s Community Preservation Ordinances adopt the Massachusetts General Law Ch 44B, Community Preservation Act. Article 2 levies a 3% property tax surcharge, to be set aside for activities outlined in the Community Preservation Act, including open space preservation; and Article 6 establishes a Community Preservation Committee. The Community Preservation Act is a state law designed to encourage open space preservation by authorizing communities to raise funds through a property tax surcharge, as well as offering potential matching state fu.. Read More
Town of Mamaroneck Erosion & Sediment Control Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Flood Prevention, Quality of Life, Stormwater Management, Watershed Protection    
New York
Municipal
The intent of the enactment of the below regulations is to control and regulate land-disturbing activities to assure that best management practices are used which minimize water pollution, retain valuable topsoil and vegetation and prevent flooding, erosion and sedimentation. The Town therefore declares that the purpose of this chapter is to safeguard persons, protect property, prevent damage to the environment and promote the public welfare by guiding, regulating and controlling the design, construction, use and maintenance of any development .. Read More
County of Brown Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Minnesota
Municipal
In its Zoning Ordinance, Brown County in Minnesota lists solar energy systems and solar structures as permitted uses in the Agricultural/Shoreland Protection District, Highway Business District, General Business District, and Limited Industry. Section 702 of its Zoning Ordinance, however, permits solar energy systems and solar structures as accessory uses in all districts, including residential ones, “provided the system is in compliance with minimum lot requirement and setbacks.” The section also goes on to include solar energy systems as elig.. Read More
State of Florida State & Regional Planning – Findings & Intent Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Smart Growth, Transportation & Land Use Planning    
Florida
State
This Florida statute details the state’s legislative intent in promulgating planning and development statutes. Guidance is given to the constituent regions and municipalities to use in developing their own plans... 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 Brookhaven Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Flood Prevention, Floodplain Regulations    
New York
Municipal
This law attempts to minimize the amount of flood damage in the Town of Brookhaven by: (1) Regulating uses which are dangerous to health, safety and property due to water or erosion hazards, or which result in damaging increases in erosion or in flood heights or velocities, (2) Requiring that uses vulnerable to floods, including facilities which serve such uses, be protected against flood damage at the time of initial construction, (3) Controlling the alteration of natural floodplains, stream channels, and natural protective barriers which are .. Read More
Town of Eagle Wind Energy Conversion Facilities Siting Law
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Wind Energy    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Eagle enacted a Wind Energy Conversion Facilities Siting Law in 2005. The law requires that construction be preceded by review, approval, and licensing and must fully comply with State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). When determining whether to issue license, town board shall consider approved site plan, aesthetic impact, location impact, physical impact, economic impact, and sociopolitical impact, and general health and welfare of community... Read More
Pervious Pavement for Off-Street Parking
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Stormwater Management, Healthy Communities, Low Impact Development & Green Infrastructure    
Minnesota
Municipal
In 2010, the surfacing ordinance for Minneapolis’ off-street parking was amended to allow pervious pavement to be used as surfacing. The Code of Ordinance also gives strict guidelines to be followed with implementing the pervious pavement as surfacing for parking. (541.300–305). The 2010 amendment to the original ordinance states that the implementation of pervious pavement will further the city’s comprehensive plan by encouraging developments to use best management practices for stormwater management through sustainable design practices... Read More
State of Massachusetts Environmental Impact Review Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Environmental Impact Review Requirements    
Massachusetts
State
Section sixty-one of chapter thirty requires all agencies to review, evaluate, and determine the impact on the natural environment of all works, projects, or activities conducted by the agencies and use all practicable means and measures to minimize damage to the environment. Section sixty-two defines “agency” to mean “an agency, department, board, commission or authority of the commonwealth, and any authority of any political subdivision which is specifically created as an authority under special or general law.” Any determination made by an.. Read More
State of Massachusetts Environmental Joint Powers Agreement
Date Added: Monday, September 19, 2016
Intermunicipal Agreements    
Massachusetts
State
This statute authorizes public agencies, defined below and including cities and towns, to enter into “joint powers agreements” to advance the constitutional objectives of natural resource and environmental protection. Such agreements must contain information as required under this statute and are subject to the approval of the secretary of environmental affairs... Read More
Town of Malta Knolls Eleven Planned Development District
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Development Standards, Planned Development Districts, Site Design Standards, Site Plan Approval    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 167, § 167-27 provides specifications for the creation of a planned development district. These requirements include a newly created dwelling with approvals for water, sewage, drainage systems all with specified sizes and locations. Other requirements and restrictions on the developers are set forth as well... Read More
Town of Conway Mountain Conservation District Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Ridgeline Protection, Tree Preservation & Protection, Wildlife & Fish Habitat    
New Hampshire
Municipal
This is a very brief law that regulates use in the conservation district to primarily recreation and resource extraction... Read More
County of Lane Planned Unit Development Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Planned Unit Development    
Oregon
Municipal
The County of Lane, Oregon has an ordinance that provides for Planned Unit Developments (PUD). Lane County has a population of about 350,000, and includes the cities of Springfield and Eugene. It is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the east by the Cascade Mountain range. The county is almost 90% forested, and its constituents have a high interest in protecting the natural beauty of the surrounding environment by promoting sustainable development. The PUD ordinance seeks to accomplish this goal by providing a tool that promot.. Read More
City of Santa Fe Escarpment Overlay District Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Overlay District    
New Mexico
Municipal
Creates an overlay district in the area of the escarpment (ridgetop). Stricter regulations and more plans are required to build in the escarpment area. No new subdivisions may be permitted that are entirely in the escarpment overlay district... Read More
Town of Addis Zoning Ordinance; Passive Solar Energy
Date Added: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
Louisiana
Municipal
In its zoning ordinance, the Town of Addis lists and defines its different zoning districts. It makes only a small mention of solar energy systems, specifically passive ones, in Section 6. There, the ordinance describes that all structures in the Town of Addis shall maximize passive solar energy systems and shall not require a variance if the system infringes upon required yard areas. However, the ordinance does not specify design or placement standards for these passive solar energy systems, presenting a barrier to its implementation. .. Read More
Town of Pawling Timber Harvesting Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Quality of Life, Timber Harvesting    
New York
Municipal
This ordinance emphasizes the value of local woodlands and sets standards for harvesting activities that can cause soil erosion and sediment-laden runoff, including stream crossings, location of landings, hauls roads, and skid trails. Making the connection between timber harvesting practices, water quality, and human and ecological health, the ordinance prescribes methods for sustainable harvesting that consider slope steepness, distance of operations from streams, and the use of logging roads. .. Read More
Town of Irondequoit Open Space District Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Open Space Preservation    
New York
Municipal
The Open Space (OS) District permits recreational and open space uses that serve the residents and visitors to the Town and that generally preserve and enhance the unique aesthetic and environmental qualities of open space areas. This Chapter presents articulates the numerous goals of this district... Read More
Alpharetta Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
Georgia
Municipal
The purpose of this ordinance is to decrease erosion and erosion hazards and to minimize flood damage by requiring permits for land disturbing activities. Undisturbed vegetative buffers of at least 35 feet along all state waters and of at least 50 feet along primary trout waters must be maintained with no exceptions. Runoff which results in a defined turbidity increase in receiving waters is considered a violation... Read More
Miami-Dade County Ordinance Sustainable Buildings Program
Date Added: Monday, June 27, 2016
Development Standards, Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
Florida
Municipal
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
Town of Eden Conservation Easements Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Land Acquisition, Open Space Preservation, Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 95 of the Town Code for the Town of Eden provides for the acquisition of interests or rights in real property to be used for the preservation of open space and areas which shall constitute a public purpose for which public funds may be expended or advanced after due notice and a public hearing by which the Town of Eden may acquire by purchase, gift, grant, bequest, devise, lease or otherwise the fee of any lesser interest, development right, easement, covenant or other contractual right necessary to acquire open space or open area. .. Read More
State of Massachusetts Municipal Growth & Development Policy Committees Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Development Standards, Intermunicipal Agreements, Local Boards, Local Governance, Smart Growth    
Massachusetts
State
A growth and development policy committee consisting of two or more municipalities may be established under this statute and “engage in all acts and conduct for the purpose of intergovernmental planning of balanced growth and development issues.” Paragraph one broadly defines “balanced growth and development issues.” Subject to the committee’s comment and review are issues which may have a “significant impact upon the health, safety or welfare of the member municipalities’ citizens, including issues pertaining to growth management and land us.. Read More
Goodhue County Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, July 11, 2016
Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Zoning    
Minnesota
Municipal
Goodhue County adopted solar energy system (SES) regulations in Article 19 of its zoning ordinance. These regulations define a ground-mounted SES as a solar collector located on the ground surface that is physically affixed or attached to the ground, including pole-mounted systems. The regulations define a roof-mounted SES as a solar collector located on the roof of a building or structure that may be physically affixed or attached to the roof. For both ground-mounted and roof-mounted SESs, the regulations include sub-definitions for residentia.. Read More
County of Montgomery Land Use Classification Ordinance - Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
Georgia
Municipal
The County and cities therein resolved to use a formalized dispute resolution process when there is a conflict involving property annexations or land use plans. .. Read More
City of Lincoln Community Forestry Advisory Board
Date Added: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Local Boards, Local Environmental Law, Local Governance    
Nebraska
Municipal
This ordinance formally establishes a community advisory board within the city of Lincoln, appointed to develop "a comprehensive community forestry management plan" and to make recommendations to the mayor on "proposals concerning public arboreal resources," ensuring that these issues will be addressed as municipal priorities... Read More
Village of Croton-on-Hudson Environmental Compliance Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Development Standards, Clustering & Cluster Development, Environmental Compliance, Site Design Standards, Site Plan Approval, Conservation Districts & Subdivisions    
New York
Municipal
This law authorizes the village Planning Board, and other advisory boards within the Village of Croton-on-Hudson, to retain the services of an Environmental Consultant to review and consult the board(s) concerning development taking place within the village’s environmentally sensitive areas, and to assure that environmental compliance measures are followed. The law also describes the role and duties of the Environmental Consultant. .. Read More
Village of Croton-on-Hudson Trees Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Landscaping, Tree Preservation & Protection    
New York
Municipal
The Village of Croton-on-Hudson Tree Ordinance provides requirements for minimum distances between trees and (1) other trees, (2) curbs and sidewalks, (3) street corners and hydrants, and (4) utilities. Topping of trees and removal of healthy trees is prohibited. A tree removal permit will be required before removing: (1) any tree eight inches or more (diameter at breast height or DBH) on any parcel of land capable of being subdivided under the zoning provisions applicable to the district in which the parcel is situated or on any parcel of land.. 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
City of Omaha ED Environmental Resources District Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Overlay District    
Nebraska
Municipal
The environmental resources overlay district allows for the adoption of special standards for areas of “special natural environment significance or sensitivity.” Creation of these districts can be initiated by the mayor, the planning board, or the city council. In order for an environmental resources district to be adopted, an ordinance establishing the ED must be written and passed by the city council. .. Read More
Town of Kent Enforcement Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Enforcement, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
New York
Municipal
The Town of Kent’s Freshwater Wetlands ordinance contains enforcement provisions which specifically related to the protection of this natural resource. .. Read More
Village of Croton-on-Hudson Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
New York
Municipal
Chapter 118 of the Municipal Code for the Village of Croton-on-Hudson is designed to prevent erosion and to protect property, roadways, and waterways from the negative effects of erosion, including deposition on roadways, creation of gullies, flooding, clogging of sewers, pollution, the increase of weeds in waterways, and the death of fish. .. Read More