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City of Falcon Heights Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning

Zoning    Solar Energy   
City Of Falcon Heights   
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Falcon Heights, Minnesota has incorporated an extensive solar energy systems section with its Zoning Chapter. In Section 113-254, active solar energy systems are permitted as an accessory use in all zoning districts, subject to a number of regulations. Those regulations include height requirements for building- or roof-mounted, ground-mounted, and pole-mounted systems; a number setback requirements; and that “active solar energy systems be designed to blend into the architecture of the building or be screened from routine view from public rights-of-way other than alleys.” Before any solar energy system can be installed on a particular property, however, the applicant must first obtain administrative approval by the zoning and planning administrator. An applicant must submit a number of drawings to the administrator such as a site plan and a to-scale horizontal and vertical (elevation) drawing.