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City of Austin Zoning Ordinance; Solar Zoning

Zoning    Solar Energy   
City Of Austin   
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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 generation into building design.” However, Austin’s Zoning Ordinance does not expand on the requirements for actual solar energy systems and how that will affect building design.