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County of Montgomery Land Use Classification Ordinance - Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
State: Not Applicable
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 Berkeley Planning and Development Procedures - Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
State: Not Applicable
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

Township of Mount Laurel Low & Moderate Income Housing – Enforcement; Violations & Penalties Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Affordable Housing , Enforcement, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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 Rockland Proposed Resolution for Certification of Municipal Planning & Zoning Board Members
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Local Boards, Mandatory Training, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Santa Fe County, New Mexico - Resolution No. 2013-49
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
Santa Fe County, New Mexico adopted Resolution No. 2013-49 to support renewable energy projects on County facilities. Although not a comprehensive policy statement, the resolution’s whereas clauses present the County’s detailed rationale for this support. In particular, they acknowledge the County’s “tremendous solar power potential” and contain a comprehensive list of solar power benefits, including economic, environmental, health, and education benefits... Read More

City of Twin Falls Zoning and Subdivision Regulations – Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
State: Not Applicable
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

State of Illinois Local Boards & Practices – County Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Local Boards, State Land Use Law, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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


City of New York Executive Order 230 & Executive Order 233
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Flood Prevention, Floodplain Regulations, Floodwater Management, Post-Disaster Management    
State: Not Applicable
Following Executive Order 225 (extending the State of Emergency caused by Hurricane Sandy) and the release of FEMA’s new advisory base flood elevation maps for areas impacted by Sandy (containing the most up-to-date information on flood hazard zones and necessary buildings heights to prevent flood damage) New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued Executive Order 230. Executive Order 230 suspends height limits and other restrictions for new construction and reconstruction in areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, as part of the re.. Read More

County of Winnebago Comprehensive Plan: Dispute Resolution
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
State: Not Applicable
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

New York State General City Law Subdivision Review; Approval of Plats; Development of Filed Plats Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Subdivision Approvals    
State: Not Applicable
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


Guilderland Town Code - Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
State: Not Applicable
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

Land Use Law Center Economic Development Policy Statement
Date Added: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Economic Development    
State: Not Applicable
This draft document is to assist the cities and villages participating in the Mayors’ Redevelopment Roundtable regarding the initiation of a strategic sustainable economic development planning effort. This resolution identifies the objectives of the economic development policies to be considered by Roundtable communities and outlines the process to be followed at the local level. Its purposes are to set the stage for each community to create and adopt an economic development policy as a supplement to its comprehensive plan and, by acting in co.. Read More

Miami-Dade County Resolution Declaring Sustainable Development Measures
Date Added: Monday, June 27, 2016
Development Standards, Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
State: Not Applicable
The Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution #R-1200-05 in 2005. This resolution establishes the incorporation of sustainable development building measures into the design, construction, renovation and maintenance of County-owned, County-finances and County-operated buildings. .. Read More

Township of Jackson Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

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    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Kissimmee City Manager to Administer Provisions Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Fair Housing, Local Governance    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of La Grange Training Requirements for Planning Board Members Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Local Boards, Mandatory Training    
State: Not Applicable
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

State of Nevada Training Requirements Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Local Boards, Mandatory Training    
State: Not Applicable
This law requires land use training for town advisory boards in Nevada... Read More

Town of Granby Agricultural Commission Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Agriculture    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Austin, Texas Resolution No. 20120426-081: Creation of Austin Local Solar Advisory Committee
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Local Boards, Solar Energy    
State: Not Applicable
Austin adopted Resolution No. 20120426-081, creating the Austin Local Solar Advisory Committee, which included representatives from the solar industry, Chamber of Commerce, the environmental non-profit community, consumer advocate community, the Electric Utility Commission, and the Resource Management Commission. The Advisory Committee produced the Strategic Plan for Local Solar, providing recommendations for new policies, as well as amendments to the city’s zoning regulations, that will optimize Austin’s solar energy resource base... Read More

New York State Town Law: § 271. Town Planning Board, Creation & Appointment
Date Added: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
State: Not Applicable
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

New York State Town Law Subdivision Review; Approval of Plats; Development of Filed Plats
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Site Plan Approval    
State: Not Applicable
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 San Francisco Solar Energy Revenue Bond Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Solar Energy    
State: Not Applicable
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

Village of Briarcliff Manor Conservation Advisory Council
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Local Boards, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
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

New York State Town Law – Board of Appeals Procedure Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Local Boards, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
This statute establishes the procedure that the Zoning Board of Appeals is required to follow. The procedure includes holding meetings that are open to the public and requiring the minutes of the meetings to become public record. The statute also establishes the appellate jurisdiction of the Zoning Board of Appeals and creates the procedure and time requirements for appeals to be filed... Read More


City of San Diego Municipal Code - Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
State: Not Applicable
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


County of Spokane Aquifer Fees Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Aquifer Protection    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Warwick Land Use Mediation
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
State: Not Applicable
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


Establishing Land Use Protections for Community Gardens
Date Added: Monday, June 4, 2018
Healthy Communities, Food Deserts    
State: Not Applicable
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

New York State Town Law – Adoption of First Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Local Boards, State Land Use Law, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Comprehensive Plan for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Comprehensive Planning    
State: Not Applicable
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 Boise Development Impact Fee Ordinance - Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
State: Not Applicable
A mediation option is provided as part of the planning and zoning public hearing process of the city in accordance with Section 67-6510 of the Idaho Code. The cost of the first mediation session is paid by the city; if additional meetings are necessary, the parties agree to fee division. Mediation may be requested by Boise City Planning and Zoning Commission, City Council, the applicant, or other affected person and is voluntary unless it is initiated by the City, in which case, one session is mandatory. Hearings associated with appeal and ap.. Read More

City of Ronhert Park Local Energy Efficiency Standards & Green Buildings Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Austin Land Development Ordinance - Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Nashville Ordinance Approving Development of Low-Rent Scattered Site Housing
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Affordable Housing    
State: Not Applicable
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 Albuquerque Subdivision Plat Procedures & Submission Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Local Boards, Pre-Application & Consensus Building    
State: Not Applicable
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

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    
State: Not Applicable
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

New York State General City Law: Chapter 21; Article 3 Official Maps and Planning Boards; § 28-a. City Comprehensive Plan
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Comprehensive Planning    
State: Not Applicable
This law authorizes city governments in New York to develop comprehensive plans and to regulate land use for the purpose of protecting the public health, safety and general welfare of their citizens. The law identifies several items which these comprehensive plans should include: (a) General statements of goals, objectives, principles, policies, and standards upon which proposals for the immediate and long-range enhancement, growth and development of the city are based, (b) Consideration of regional needs and the official plans of other governm.. Read More

New York State Town Law: § 272-a. Town Comprehensive Plan
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
   
State: Not Applicable
This ordinance authorizes Town Boards in New York State to create comprehensive plans. Legislative findings and intent are given along with a description of the content of a town comprehensive plan, preparation of such a plan, referrals of comprehensive plans, public hearings and notice, adoption of town comprehensive plans, environmental review of plans, agricultural review and coordination, periodic review, effect of adoption of the town comprehensive plan and regulations for filing a town comprehensive plan. .. Read More

Village of Croton-on-Hudson Conservation Advisory Council Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Local Boards, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
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

New York State Tax Exemption for Wind Energy Systems
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Wind Energy    
State: Not Applicable
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

New York’s Second Land Use System: A Description of New York City Land Use Law
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Land Use Planning, Local Boards, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
Kathryn M. Ryan’s paper describes New York City's complex zoning regulations. Its purpose is to condense and explain the most important features of that code in a digestible format. It relies heavily on materials to be found on a variety of the City’s web pages, including that of the Department of City Planning, some of which is presented here verbatim... Read More

Rio Grande Valley State Park Management Plan
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
This resolution outlines components of a management plan for a park along the Rio Grande River. It includes elements to protect the structural integrity of the river, the water quality, and the wildlife habitat along the river. It also includes an environmental monitoring component... Read More

State of Illinois Stormwater Management – County Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
State Land Use Law, Stormwater Management    
State: Not Applicable
In addition to general powers granted to all counties to regulate “storm water runoff,” 55 ILL. COMP. STAT. 5/5-1062 (2004) allocates comprehensive stormwater planning and management to corporate county authorities in the urbanized region served by the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission, pursuant to enumerated population standards. Prior to the adoption of countywide plans and regulations, a county board must establish a “stormwater management planning committee.” The committee is charged to coordinate surveying and planning activities.. 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    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Hannibal Recycling Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Recycling    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Lincoln Urban Design Committee
Date Added: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Albuquerque Land Use Facilitation Program
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pre-Application & Consensus Building    
State: Not Applicable
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

Environmental Conservation Commission
Date Added: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Open Space Preservation, Healthy Communities    
State: Not Applicable
The village of Ardsley, New York adopted an Environmental Conservation Commission to help preserve and improve the quality of the natural and man-made environments within the community. The commission advises the Village Board of Trustees on features and conditions of the village insofar as beauty, quality, biologic integrity and other environmental factors are concerned and, in the case of man's activities and developments with regard to any major threats posed to environmental quality, so as to enhance the long-range value of the environment .. 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    
State: Not Applicable
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

Village of Croton-on-Hudson Greenway Compact Plan Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Intermunicipal Agreements, Local Boards    
State: Not Applicable
The Village of Croton-on-Hudson has become a participating community in the intermunicipal agreement, the Greenway Compact Plan, whose policies, principles and guides are adopted from compendiums based on tourism and economic development, the maintenance of the Hudson River waterfront, building livable downtowns, growing smarter together, and patterns for the county’s preservation. Where appropriate, new land use laws should conform to the standards of the Greenway Compact Plan, but at no time should this intermunicipal agreement limit the auth.. Read More

State of New York Local Leaders Guide to Comprehensive Planning
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Comprehensive Planning    
State: Not Applicable
This instructional paper gives local leaders an overview of ways in which to implement comprehensive planning in their communities. The paper covers such topics as: a definition of comprehensive planning, the purpose of developing a comprehensive plan, how and when to implement the plan, the authority under which communities are able to implement the plan, and a description of what limitations and concerns may come up. .. Read More

County of Rockland Mandatory Training Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Local Boards, Mandatory Training    
State: Not Applicable
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 Albuquerque § 3-4-3 Affordable Housing Policy
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Affordable Housing    
State: Not Applicable
This statute describes the affordable housing policy of the city of Albuquerque, NM. The policy sets the affordable housing rate at thirty percent of the family’s income for rental and home ownership housing, and that the purchase price of the home does not exceed eighty percent of the median price of an existing home for affordable home ownership housing. The statute also describes which households are low- and median-income households, and describes changes in the functions and appointments of the Affordable Housing Committee... Read More

City of Ashland Incentive Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Incentive Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Blooming Grove Staged Development Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Development Standards, Site Plan Approval, Subdivision Approvals    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Gardiner Commission for the Conservation of the Environment Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
State: Not Applicable
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

Village of Irvington Environmental Conservation Board Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Local Boards, Local Environmental Law, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
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

New York State Town Law – Zoning Board of Appeals
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Local Boards, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Brookhaven Nature Preserves Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Open Space Preservation, Scenic Resources, Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Malta Planned Development Districts – Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Planned Development Districts, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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


City of Palm Bay Community Development Division: Housing Assistance Program
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Affordable Housing    
State: Not Applicable
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 Goshen Moderate Income & Affordable Housing Law
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Affordable Housing , Local Boards    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Hollywood Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Affordable Housing , Local Boards, Local Governance    
State: Not Applicable
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

State of Illinois Urban Renewal – Municipal Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Local Boards, State Land Use Law, Urban Renewal    
State: Not Applicable
Under 65 ILL. COMP. STAT. 5/11-11-1 (2004), corporate municipal authorities are granted broad powers to redevelop and revitalize “any blighted or slum area or any conservation area” that is a “detriment to public safety, health or morals.” Municipal authorities in communities with more than 500,000 residents may appoint a “Conservation Board” or “Department of Urban Renewal” to investigate and report on the revitalization needs in a designated “conservation area.” Those entities may also draft a “conservation plan” that addresses, inter alia, .. Read More

Town of Mamaroneck Local Impact Review
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Development Standards    
State: Not Applicable
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

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    
State: Not Applicable
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

Austin Healthy Food Access Initiative
Date Added: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Transportation & Land Use Planning, Healthy Communities, Zoning, Urban Farming & Community Gardens, Vulnerable Populations    
State: Not Applicable
This initiative began in 2015 with an American Planning Association Plan4Health grant to address access to healthy food in the North Central area of Austin, Texas. The City, through its Office of Sustainability, created a Food Planning Pilot Program focused on priority populations who have historically struggled to find healthy, fresh foods at affordable prices. These populations include school children who qualify for free lunches, immigrants, refugees, and other struggling low-income groups. In response to the City Council’s Resolution in 201.. Read More

Town of Amenia Special Permits & Site Plan Review
Date Added: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Pre-Application & Consensus Building, Site Plan Approval    
State: Not Applicable
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 Dunn Rural Preservation Program
Date Added: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
State: Not Applicable
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

New York State Statute of Local Governments: Chapter 58-A of the Consolidated Laws
Date Added: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Local Governance    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Gardiner Subdivision of Land Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Subdivision Approvals    
State: Not Applicable
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

Village of Croton-on-Hudson Excavation, Filling & Topsoil Removal Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Environmental Compliance, Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Landscaping, Scenic Resources    
State: Not Applicable
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

New York State Land Use Enabling Acts
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Land Use Planning, Local Governance, State Land Use Law, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
Parallel provisions of New York State’s Town, Village, and General City Law grant local governments powers to zone similar to those granted by the Standard State Zoning Enabling Act (SZEA) promulgated by the U.S. Department of Commerce in the 1920s. New York State encourages, but does not require, local governments to adopt comprehensive plans, and state statutes enumerate 15 topics that may be included in comprehensive plans. Local governments have considerable additional powers to regulate local land use under the home rule provisions of the .. Read More

New York State Town Law Subdivision Review; Approval of Plats; Additional Requisites Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Subdivision Approvals    
State: Not Applicable
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



Town of Yorktown Clustering and Flexibility Standards Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Clustering & Cluster Development    
State: Not Applicable
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

Washington State Growth Management Act
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Comprehensive Planning    
State: Not Applicable
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

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    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Del Mar Solar Energy Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Miami-Dade County Ordinance Sustainable Buildings Program
Date Added: Monday, June 27, 2016
Development Standards, Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
State: Not Applicable
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

New York City Housing Development Corporation Act
Date Added: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
State: Not Applicable
Legislation creating and empowering the New York City Housing Development Corporation. .. Read More

Town of Batavia Disposal of Solid Waste Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Sewage Management    
State: Not Applicable
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

County of Blaine Wildlife & Scenic Highway Overlay Districts
Date Added: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Overlay District    
State: Not Applicable
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 Brookhaven Moratorium on Telecommunications Facilities
Date Added: Friday, April 28, 2017
Communications, Comprehensive Planning, Moratoria, Smart Growth    
State: Not Applicable
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

County of Douglas Single-Family Residential Drainage, Erosion, and Sediment Control Requirements
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
State: Not Applicable
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

National Environmental Policy Act of 1969
Date Added: Monday, April 17, 2017
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Hailey Outdoor Lighting Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Lighting    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Kingston Complete Streets Policy Framework
Date Added: Thursday, June 21, 2018
Healthy Communities, Complete Streets    
State: Not Applicable
The City of Kingston Complete Streets Policy Frameworks, adopted 11/9/2010, details Kingston’s Complete Streets policies. This policy reflects that the City of Kingston encourages walking, bicycling, and public transit for transportation, health, fitness, and recreation. This document also identifies that the City has a goal to develop a Complete Streets program, initiated by a Complete Streets Advisory Council, which is established by this document. The intent of this policy is to recognize pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and people w.. Read More

Town of Malta Environmental Board Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Local Boards, Local Environmental Law, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Mamaroneck Coastal Zone Management Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Coastal Protection, Intermunicipal Agreements    
State: Not Applicable
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


Town of New Milford Proposed Ordinance Concerning the Right-to-Farm
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Agriculture, Right-to-Farm    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of New York Special Midtown District Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Development Standards, Incentive Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

State of Pennsylvania Agricultural Security Areas Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Agriculture, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
State: Not Applicable
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

County of Rockland Green Building Standards
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Tonawanda Code § 215-180(C)(9) Large Scale Solar Applications; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Sunday, January 7, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Tucson Pre-Application Procedures Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pre-Application & Consensus Building    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Yorktown Landmark Preservation Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, August 27, 2016
Historic Preservation, Quality of Life    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Gothenberg Subdivision Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Subdivision Regulations, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Albuquerque Land Acquisition Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, October 17, 2016
Land Acquisition, Open Space Preservation    
State: Not Applicable
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
City of Albuquerque Environmental Planning Commission
Date Added: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Local Boards, Local Governance    
State: Not Applicable
These ordinances create boards to deal with Environmental Planning, Beautification, the Albuquerque Bicycle Network, Open Space, and Recreational Trails. .. Read More


City of Ithaca (NY) Municipal Code, Chapter 283: Stormwater Utility
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Stormwater Management    
State: Not Applicable
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

Village of Croton-on-Hudson Trees Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Landscaping, Tree Preservation & Protection    
State: Not Applicable
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

State of North Carolina Floodplain Protection Ordinances
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Flood Prevention, Floodplain Regulations, State Land Use Law    
State: Not Applicable
Provisions regarding the authority of local governments to regulate use in floodplains are found in Part 6, Article 21, of Chapter 143. Under § 143-215.54, local governments are authorized to adopt ordinances to regulate uses in flood hazard areas and to grant permits for use in such areas. Flood hazard areas are defined at § 143-252(1d) as areas that local government has determined that development must be regulated in order to prevent flood damage. Base floodplains, defined at § 143-252(1b) as areas subject to a 1% or greater chance of floodi.. Read More

Town of North Castle Conservation Subdivisions Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Conservation Districts & Subdivisions    
State: Not Applicable
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 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    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Bainbridge Island Affordable Housing Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Affordable Housing , Incentive Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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 Brookhaven Moratorium on Development of Substandard Parcels
Date Added: Friday, April 28, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Moratoria    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Dover Special Permits & Site Plan Review Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Pre-Application & Consensus Building, Site Plan Approval    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Eagle Wind Energy Conversion Facilities Siting Law
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Wind Energy    
State: Not Applicable
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

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    
State: Not Applicable
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

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    
State: Not Applicable
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

Land Use Law Center Strategies for Scattered Site & Infill Development Checklist
Date Added: Friday, April 21, 2017
Land Use Planning, Urban Renewal, Vacant & Distressed Properties, Streamlining    
State: Not Applicable
The Land Use Law Center created this checklist to assist municipalities in planning for infill and scattered site development. The checklist contains guidance from the beginning steps, such as identifying properties with redevelopment potential to engaging the community. The document also contains a checklist to present tools to help municipalities create and implement streamlined project review protocols to encourage economic development while still protecting the environment. *This document was prepared with funds provided by the New Y.. Read More

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    
State: Not Applicable
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

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    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Shawnee Residential Curbside Recycling Program
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Recycling    
State: Not Applicable
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


County of Washington Environmental Protection, Erosion Prevention, and Sediment Control Rules
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Stormwater Management, Watershed Protection, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
The Clean Water Services of Washington County is a public utility who utilize this Resolution to protect the water resources of the Tualatin River Watershed. This comprehensive standard has design specifications for construction, stormwater, erosion control, etc. It has a no visibility requirement for erosion off-site. All erosion and sediment control requirements apply to all activities and uses within the CWS service area, not just construction and development. Permitted activities require an ESC plan that is utilized during all phases of con.. Read More

City of Ketchum Dark Sky Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Lighting    
State: Not Applicable
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


County of Leon Aquifer and Wellhead Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Aquifer Protection    
State: Not Applicable
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

Licking Township Sewage Sludge Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Sewage Management    
State: Not Applicable
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

State of North Carolina Erosion & Sedimentation Control Ordinances
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, State Land Use Law    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Pawling Timber Harvesting Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Timber Harvesting    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Pawling Timber Harvesting Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Quality of Life, Timber Harvesting    
State: Not Applicable
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 Yorktown Conservation Area Protection Laws
Date Added: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Conservation Districts & Subdivisions    
State: Not Applicable
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

Washington State Environmental Policy Act
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Environmental Impact Review Requirements    
State: Not Applicable
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 Babylon Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
In its Zoning Chapter, the Town of Babylon does not dedicate any specific section to the implementation of solar energy systems. The Code does permit solar energy production facilities that are not less than 50 acres, subject to restrictions placed by the Planning Board in two Residence Districts, A and C, as well as the Town’s Business District. In terms of new architectural design requirements, developers and owners are permitted to install solar roof panels. The Chapter, however, does not describe specific requirements for solar energy syste.. Read More

Tucson Solar Integration Plan and Greater Tucson Solar Development Plan
Date Added: Monday, June 11, 2018
Solar Energy    
State: Not Applicable
Tucson, Arizona’s Solar Integration Plan and Greater Tucson Solar Development Plan lay the groundwork for accelerated development of solar energy facilities in and around Tucson, requiring the installation of a minimum amount of solar electric generation capacity by 2015. .. Read More

Massachusetts Housing & Urban Renewal Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Urban Renewal    
State: Not Applicable
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 Blooming Grove Tree Harvesting Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Enforcement, Landscaping, Quality of Life, Timber Harvesting, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
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

Village of Bronxville Controlled Development District Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Site Plan Approval, Subdivision Regulations, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Brookhaven Critical Environmental Areas and SEQRA Implementation
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Environmental Impact Review Requirements, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
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 Croton-on-Hudson Environmental Compliance Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Environmental Compliance    
State: Not Applicable
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

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    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Duck Rebuilding & Reconstruction; Damaging Storms Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Coastal Protection, Sea Level Rise Adaptation    
State: Not Applicable
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

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    
State: Not Applicable
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

State of North Carolina Watershed Improvement Programs Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
State Land Use Law, Watershed Planning    
State: Not Applicable
All counties are authorized to create watershed improvement programs and required to implement water-supply watershed protection programs (see Water-Supply Watershed Planning, below). Section 153A-440.1 gives counties the authority to establish and maintain a county watershed program pursuant to § 139-41 or § 139-41.1 in Article 3 of Chapter 139. Section 139-41 provides that if a majority of voters in a county approves the levying of a watershed improvement tax, the board of county commissioners will have all the powers of “soil and water conse.. Read More

Town of Perinton Limited Development District Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Conservation Districts & Subdivisions    
State: Not Applicable
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

Village of Port Chester Waterfront Consistency Review Law
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Local Environmental Law, Waterfront Revitalization    
State: Not Applicable
The purpose of Port Chester’s Waterfront Consistency Review Law is to provide consistent review procedures in the coastal area. It creates a waterfront commission, the duties of which include reviewing Coastal Assessment Forms (CAF) to determine whether proposed actions are consistent with the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) by incorporating environmental factors and consideration of coastal resources into the village planning and decision-making processes... Read More

Town of Shelter Island Nature Preserve System
Date Added: Monday, April 17, 2017
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Tulsa Watershed Development Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Watershed Planning    
State: Not Applicable
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



City of Boise Foothills Planned Development Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, August 28, 2016
Incentive Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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


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    
State: Not Applicable
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 Lewisboro Wetlands & Watercourses Ordinance
Date Added: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Buffer Zones, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Mandeville Comprehensive Land Use Regulation Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Comprehensive Planning, Land Use Planning, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
Adopted in 1993 and last updated in June 2002, this very extensive comprehensive plan serves as the zoning ordinance for the city. .. Read More

County of Kitsap Hearing Examiner - Alternative Dispute Resolution Provision
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Alternative Dispute Resolution    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Basalt Housing Mitigation Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Affordable Housing , Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Village of Bellwood Neighborhood Preservation Program
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Vacant & Distressed Properties    
State: Not Applicable
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 Brookhaven Historic Preservation District
Date Added: Friday, April 28, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Historic District Preservation, Local Boards    
State: Not Applicable
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

Village of Croton-on-Hudson Telecommunications Towers Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 1, 2017
Communications, Site Design Standards    
State: Not Applicable
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

Village of Croton-on-Hudson Water Supply Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Coastal Protection, Development Standards, Site Plan Approval, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Delaware Township, New Jersey Ordinance #2011-06LU
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Economic Development and Redevelopment: A Toolkit on Land Use and Health
Date Added: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Economic Development, Healthy Communities    
State: Not Applicable
The Economic Development and Redevelopment Toolkit was designed to improve low-income community access to food by providing a fundamental understanding of economic development and redevelopment and how these tools can provide opportunities to increase food retailing in the community. These economic development strategies breakdown the type of economic revitalization based on business attractions, physical redevelopment and the community members. The toolkit discusses the advantages and challenges of specific food systems, including, supermarke.. Read More

Town of Mamaroneck Tree Cutting Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, April 17, 2017
Tree Preservation & Protection, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
Chapter 207 of the Town Code for the Town of Mamaroneck seeks to correct barren and unsightly conditions caused by the destruction or damage to shade, ornamental and evergreen trees and plants and the indiscriminate and excessive cutting of these trees in subdivisions and on private property. This Chapter sets out regulations on the removal of trees... Read More

County of Miami-Dade Coastal Management Planning Element
Date Added: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Coastal Protection, Sea Level Rise Adaptation    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Modesto Density Bonus Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Affordable Housing , Incentive Zoning, Density    
State: Not Applicable
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

County of New Castle Environment First Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
State: Not Applicable
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

Village of Patchogue Historical Preservation and Architectural Review Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Historic Preservation, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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 West Warwick Development Fee Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Real Estate Transaction Fee    
State: Not Applicable
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

County of Blue Earth Livestock Manure Management Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, March 19, 2017
Local Environmental Law, Agriculture, Manure Management    
State: Not Applicable
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

State of Florida State Comprehensive Plan
Date Added: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Incentive Zoning, Smart Growth, Transportation & Land Use Planning    
State: Not Applicable
Below is the State of Florida’s Comprehensive Plan. The plan provides an example of a state legislature’s attempt to guide its constituent regions and municipalities in their respective efforts towards planning and development. Elements of the Priority Growth District concept are present in this plan... 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    
State: Not Applicable
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


City of Ashland Solar Access Ordinance; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Batavia Sewer Use Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Sewage Management    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Berlin Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

County of Blaine Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
Blaine County, Idaho has created a number of zoning regulations in its county code. As part of its regulations, Blaine County has dedicated a chapter specifically for solar utilities facilities. These regulations include how collector system panels and mounts are to be installed; height restrictions of BIPB and roof collected mounted panels; and the way in which ground and pole mounted solar collectors are to be anchored. Blaine County has also created additional standards for solar energy systems located within the county’s overlay districts. .. Read More

City of Chapel Hill Land Use Management Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Land Use Planning, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Fenwick Island Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Hannibal Planned Density Residential District Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Planned Development Districts, Smart Growth, Zoning, Density    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Huntington Climate Action Plan
Date Added: Monday, June 11, 2018
Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency, Land Use Planning, Solar Energy, Stormwater Management, Transportation & Land Use Planning, Climate Change Planning    
State: Not Applicable
In 2015, the Town of Huntington, New York released its Climate Action Plan. The Plan calls for removing zoning hurdles that obstruct the development of solar energy systems on private property and to streamline the permitting process. It calls for the installation of solar PV capacity on every public facility that can reasonably support such systems. The Plan also notes that to achieve economies of scale, the Town should bid multiple installations together or use requirements contracts to promote cost efficiencies. The plan also directs the Tow.. Read More

The Jefferson County Farmland Protection Program
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Farmland Protection & Preservation    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Lewes Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

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    
State: Not Applicable
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



City of Albuquerque Water Conservation Landscaping and Water Waste Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Landscaping, Water Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
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


Alpharetta Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
State: Not Applicable
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

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    
State: Not Applicable
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

General Plans and Zoning: A toolkit for building healthy, vibrant communities
Date Added: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Land Use Planning, Healthy Communities, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
This resource is helpful for communities to look to see how zoning and public health relate. There is an overlap between public health and zoning. On page 135, the City of Berkley provides an example of zoning for food access. It discusses how local zoning and land use law influenced the city to cater to the needs of the town and push for a grocery store offering affordable fresh foods. When motivating community residents to speak for the needs of their fellow neighbors and quality of food access, projects get completed. This document also dis.. Read More

Mecklenburg County Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Bethlehem, New York Code § 128-67.2 – Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Date Added: Monday, June 18, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
§ 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

Model Small-Scale Solar Siting Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, June 18, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
Columbia Law School’s Center for Climate Change Law developed the Model Small-Scale Solar Siting Ordinance, which includes several helpful solar energy system definitions. The model ordinance defines building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems as those that integrate photovoltaic modules into the building structure, such as the roof or fac¸ade, but which do not alter roof relief. The model defines freestanding or ground-mounted solar energy systems as those directly installed in the ground and not attached or affixed to an existing structur.. Read More

National Model Conservation Easement
Date Added: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Open Space Preservation    
State: Not Applicable
This conservation easement is a model that demonstrates the necessary elements of a conservation easement. The sample was utilized by the Natural Lands Trust and its source is from The Conservation Easement Handbook: Managing Land Conservation and Historic Preservation Easement Programs (1988) compiled by the Trust for Public Land in conjunction with the Land Trust Alliance. 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

City of Little Rock Land Alteration Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
State: Not Applicable
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

Establishing Land Use Protections for Community Gardens
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Healthy Communities, Urban Farming & Community Gardens    
State: Not Applicable
Planning for Healthy Places put together a model zoning code which would be successful through a two-pronged approach: (1) making community gardening an approved use in appropriate use-based zones to prevent them from being closed down as illegal and (2) establishing a separate use-based zone dedicated to the use of community gardens. The model code is well written, and includes additional comments for ways that different municipalities may choose to alter the language to effectuate different types of gardens (allowing chickens, for example). .. Read More
Establishing Land Use Protections for Community Gardens
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Healthy Communities, Urban Farming & Community Gardens    
State: Not Applicable
Planning for Healthy Places put together a model zoning code which would be successful through a two-pronged approach: (1) making community gardening an approved use in appropriate use-based zones to prevent them from being closed down as illegal and (2) establishing a separate use-based zone dedicated to the use of community gardens. The model code is well written, and includes additional comments for ways that different municipalities may choose to alter the language to effectuate different types of gardens (allowing chickens, for example). .. 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    
State: Not Applicable
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

How Can a Community Create Affordable Housing Opportunities?
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Affordable Housing    
State: Not Applicable
New York does not allow municipalities to use zoning laws to discriminate on race or socioeconomic standing. Analysis of case law shows a trend of encouraging development of affordable housing, though New York does not expressly forbid exclusionary zoning... Read More

Model Active Use Conservation Easement for Western United States
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Open Space Preservation    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Somers Scenic Resource Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, April 17, 2017
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
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

Establishing Land Use Protections for Community Gardens
Date Added: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Healthy Communities, Urban Farming & Community Gardens    
State: Not Applicable
Local governments are promoting healthy eating and active living by supporting community gardens, which are spaces where community residents can gather to cultivate different crops. Planning for Healthy Places, which is a Public Health Law & Policy, has created a set of complementary model land use policy to help communities, specifically in California, create and preserve community gardens. This resource provides examples of communities that have existing laws and policies promoting community gardens and other resources that provide helpful in.. Read More
Establishing Land Use Protections for Community Gardens
Date Added: Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Healthy Communities, Urban Farming & Community Gardens    
State: Not Applicable
Local governments are promoting healthy eating and active living by supporting community gardens, which are spaces where community residents can gather to cultivate different crops. Planning for Healthy Places, which is a Public Health Law & Policy, has created a set of complementary model land use policy to help communities, specifically in California, create and preserve community gardens. This resource provides examples of communities that have existing laws and policies promoting community gardens and other resources that provide helpful in.. Read More


City of Albany Zoning Ordinance; Section 375-93- Solar Energy Equipment
Date Added: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Solar Ann Arbor
Date Added: Monday, June 11, 2018
Solar Energy    
State: Not Applicable
Ann Arbor, Michigan adopted Solar Ann Arbor, a functional plan that includes an energy profile for the City and recommends creating municipal solar financial incentives streamlining the solar permitting process, integrating solar energy systems into municipal infrastructure and culture, adopting solar access laws and robust building energy codes, creating a solar outreach campaign, and supporting solar workforce development and green jobs... Read More

County of Brown Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Envision Cortlandt – 2016 Sustainable Comprehensive Plan
Date Added: Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Comprehensive Planning, Solar Energy    
State: Not Applicable
In 2014, the Town of Cortlandt established by resolution a Solar Task Force. This Task Force spent one year exploring the possibility of installing solar energy systems on Town buildings and determining ways that solar energy systems can be adopted by residents. In 2015, the Task Force presented twelve recommendations to the Town Board, all of which were received. By the end of that year, three of the Task Force’s recommendations had already been completed, including adopting the New York State Unified Solar Permit, joining the Sustainable West.. Read More

Goodhue County Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, July 11, 2016
Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Grocery Store Attraction Strategies
Date Added: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Healthy Communities, Food Deserts    
State: Not Applicable
Lower income communities can have difficulties accessing fresh food, which can affect the physical health of the community residents and the economic health of the neighborhood. This report discusses research that has been conducted which highlights the difficulties that communities face in attracting a grocery store and having the store be successful, and serves as a resource to help communities organize a strategy to attract grocery stores. It also discusses the resources of local governments and local community-based organizations which have.. Read More

City of Hagerston Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
Hagerston, Maryland has integrated an Alternative Energy Sources/Generators section, Section K(12), within its Zoning Ordinance supplementary regulations. According to that section, before an applicant can install a solar energy system on her property, she must first submit a zoning permit application with a plan for review by the Planning and Code Administration Division. “Once the zoning permit is approved, the applicant may apply for proper permits from the Code Administration Office.” Section K(12) permits ground-mounted solar collection sy.. Read More

County of King Surface Water Management Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Enforcement, Erosion & Sedimentation Control    
State: Not Applicable
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

Borough of Kutztown Subdivision and Land Development Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Subdivision Regulations, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
In its Subdivision and Land Development Chapter, the Borough of Kutztown in Pennsylvania included a small section on considerations for solar access. The section permits the Borough Council to allow variation to side lot line requirements if the goal is to maximize use of solar energy. Additionally, considerations will also be given to reserving solar easements within lots for protection of solar access. .. Read More

City of Longmont Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
In Longmont, Colorado, the City Code of Ordinance permits solar panels in all districts as an accessory use. However, the only regulation Longmont includes within its code for solar panels and/or energy systems is that “the height shall not exceed the maximum structure height for the zoning district in which they are located.” .. Read More

Technical Guidance Manual for Sustainable Neighborhoods
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Development Standards, Local Environmental Law, Subdivision Regulations, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Zoning, Street & Sidewalk Development, Parking    
State: Not Applicable
The sections of this manual are designed to parallel a typical municipality’s land development plans, regulations, and related policies. It begins by presenting strategies to integrate LEED-ND criteria into local planning policies as expressed in comprehensive plans and special area plans. It then presents strategies for incorporating LEED-ND criteria into traditional zoning code sections, site plan and subdivision regulations, and other land use development standards, including building and related codes. Finally, it introduces strategies for .. Read More

Local Food Supply: A Chapter of the Marquette County Comprehensive Plan
Date Added: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Comprehensive Planning, Local Food Production, Healthy Communities, Zoning, Urban Farming & Community Gardens    
State: Not Applicable
The County of Marquette added a chapter to its Comprehensive Plan entitled Local Food Supply as a way to expand the local economy through increased local food production and to enhance the health of residents through better access to affordable, healthy foods. Some of the policies enacted via this Local Food Supply Plan include amending the zoning code to allow for small scale agricultural uses in residential zones, establishing community gardens, developing educational opportunities to teach the importance of local food production, supporting .. Read More

Parking Best Practices: A Review of Zoning Regulations and Policies in Select US and International Cities
Date Added: Friday, July 17, 2015
Parking    
State: Not Applicable
This document is a compilation of parking regulations and policies used in various cities throughout the United States, Canada, and London. The study identified 21 policies implemented in 15 different cities that address on-street and off-street parking resources, as well as traffic congestion. A comprehensive list of definitions and examples of the parking policies are provided, in addition to case studies illustrating their implementation. Resources are provided where more information can be obtained about individual cities, as well as genera.. Read More

Parking Code Guidance: Case Studies and Model Provisions
Date Added: Friday, July 17, 2015
Parking    
State: Not Applicable
The Parking Code Guidance: Case Studies and Model Provisions paper was written as a part of the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) Smart Growth Technical Assistance: Parking Reform Campaign. Its goal is to provide guidance on identifying key issues, reforming parking standards, and on how to regulate and manage parking in a way that supports development in urban infill areas, encourages balanced multimodal access, and reduces vehicle traffic. The guidance provided is based on best practices for access and parking regul.. Read More

Building Height Limits
Date Added: Monday, June 4, 2018
Healthy Communities, Traffic Calming & Safety    
State: Not Applicable
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 North Castle Wetlands Purpose Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Adult Entertainment, Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Scenic Resources, Stormwater Management, Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Drinking Water Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
State: Not Applicable
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

Reduce Dependency on Automobiles by Promoting Walking and Bicycling
Date Added: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Pedestrian Oriented Design (POD), Healthy Communities, Bicycle Infrastructure    
State: Not Applicable
Niagara County, New York’s Public Health and Safety Chapter of their Comprehensive Plan outlines their goal to create safe, healthy, and walkable communities. They recognize health and safety of communities as one of the most important but overlooked aspects of a high quality of life. It stimulates the local economy and increases the variance and character of a community. One objective to accomplish this goal is to reduce the community’s dependency on automotive transportation by increasing the network of pedestrian and bicycle trails. To op.. Read More

State of New York Hudson River Valley Greenway
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
   
State: Not Applicable
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


County of Riverside Construction, Reconstruction, Abandonment and Destruction of Wells
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Aquifer Protection    
State: Not Applicable
Riverside County established an ordinance regulating the Construction, Reconstruction, Abandonment and Destruction of Wells in order to “(a) protect underground water resources, and (b) provide safe water to persons within Riverside County.” Applications for permits must include a variety of information on the physical characteristics property, the well specifications, and additional property features, which include other wells, underground storage tanks, and waste disposal sites. .. Read More

San Francisco Green Building Code
Date Added: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Development Standards, Green Buildings & Energy Efficiency    
State: Not Applicable
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

New York State Statutes that Provide for the Protection of Agricultural Lands
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Agriculture, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
State: Not Applicable
Michael Morea’s article reviews different New York State statutes and different methods that can be implemented to preserve farmland and still allow development. The author concludes that New York State is trying to carry out its Constitutional policy of preserving farmland, but that the statutes are largely separated and it is difficult for the municipality to create a effective policy. Some of the statutes that the author discovered provide tax breaks and financial incentives for the creation of easements restricting the land to agricultural .. Read More

City of Mapleton Critical Environmental Zone Clustering
Date Added: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Clustering & Cluster Development    
State: Not Applicable
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

New York State Town Law – Ordinances & Licenses
Date Added: Monday, May 8, 2017
Comprehensive Planning, Local Boards, Local Governance, Street & Sidewalk Development    
State: Not Applicable
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

PAS Essential Info Packet: Planning & Zoning for Health in the Built Environment
Date Added: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Comprehensive Planning, Land Use Planning, Healthy Communities, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
The Essential Info Packet provides planners with a collection of examples that demonstrate a connection between health and the built environment. These examples include zoning laws, policies, and how-to guidance on how communities across the country have addressed issues of public health. First it provides a list of sources which analyze the importance of creating a connection between health and the built environment. It also includes, collaborations with local governments and agencies, health impact assessments, comprehensive plans and toolkit.. Read More


Prince George’s County Floodplain Ordinance
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Floodplain Regulations    
State: Not Applicable
Prince George’s County has one of the strongest environmentally oriented statement of purposes, as the law intends to “protect the biological and environmental quality of the watersheds” under its jurisdiction. The ordinance does not prohibit development in the floodplain, but implements a series of innovative approaches to management that include compensatory storage and stream buffer zones... Read More


Coastal Zone Management Act
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Coastal Protection, Stormwater Management, Wildlife & Fish Habitat, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
State: Not Applicable
The Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA) and the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments of 1990 offer state governments a voluntary partnership with the federal government to protect coastal resources. To receive federal funding, participating states must create approved coastal zone management programs. The Act calls for the coordination of state and local water quality plans and specifies that federal agency activity “within or outside the coastal zone that affects any land or water use or natural resource of the coastal zone” must.. Read More

Town of Addis Zoning Ordinance; Passive Solar Energy
Date Added: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Land trust response To renewable energy siting challenges in New York
Date Added: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
   
State: Not Applicable
For partial fulfillment for his Master of Science in Environmental Policy from the Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy, Mr. Collin Adkins submitted his Master’s Capstone titled “Land trust response to renewable energy siting challenges in New York." Within this report, Mr. Adkins “creates a baseline assessment of New York’s land trusts that evaluates the extent to which land trusts are aware of and responding to the changing policies around renewable energy and its impacts on land use.” The report goes further by suggesting five area.. Read More

Recreation Marketing
Date Added: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Healthy Communities, Complete Streets, Bicycle Infrastructure    
State: Not Applicable
The city of Baltimore has implemented a Bicycle Master Plan. The plan sets out the vision of making significant improvements in providing access to safe and user-friendly bicycling facilities over the course of 15 years. From 2005-2015, with dedicated funding, more than 100 miles of bicycle facilities have been installed in the city already. There is a full-time Bike Planner on staff at Baltimore’s Department of Transportation; but improvements are still necessary. The Bicycle Master Plan proposes to increase bicycle infrastructure and bette.. Read More
Transforming Vacant Properties
Date Added: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Open Space Preservation, Healthy Communities    
State: Not Applicable
Baltimore has a vacant property reclamation project termed “Project 5000.” The purpose of the project is to purchase vacant properties in “competitive, emerging, and stable” neighborhoods, but the most recent Master Plan calls for an extension of this project to “transitional and distressed” areas. Further, the plan calls for offering interest groups the chance to convert or purchase the vacant lots for conversion into community gardens, among other uses. In combination with Project 5000, the Master Plan calls for support of a Community Gard.. Read More

Multi-Family Dwelling District
Date Added: Sunday, June 3, 2018
Transportation Efficient Development, Healthy Communities    
State: Not Applicable
The City of Beacon plans to create a new community center for youth and seniors in or next to the central business district. The City encourages the police department to be involved in the planning and implementation of some of the youth planning through community policing. The goal is to create new opportunities for community development and for the youth and seniors to partake in activities to lead active and healthy lifestyles. The program also helps form a positive image of police officers in the community, which helps create stronger relat.. Read More

City of Bend Land Use Review & Procedures Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Site Plan Approval    
State: Not Applicable
The Bend Land Use Review and Procedures Ordinance requires developers to consult and plan with the City and the public in order to obtain development permits, and in so doing forces development to comply with zoning and land use regulations as outlined in the city’s comprehensive plan. .. Read More

City of Big Flats Subdivision and Development Regulations § 17.36.140; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Monday, December 18, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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 Boynton Beach Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

County of Camden Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Recommended Model Development Principles for Protection Natural Resources - Hudson River Estuary
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Development Standards    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Hendersonville Subdivision Regulations Article III Design Standards and Improvement Requirements, 3-102 Lot Requirements, 3-102.6 Driveways/Access to Lots, Section 3- 102.605 Design Standards for Residential Driveways
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Steep Slope Protection, Stormwater Management, Subdivision Regulations    
State: Not Applicable
§ 3-102.605 of the City of Hendersonville’s Subdivision Regulations provides design standards for residential driveways in accordance with considerations appropriate to public health and safety and to limit possible traffic hazards. Specifically, where permitted, driveways fronting designated collector and arterial routes are to be designed so that vehicles are not required to back onto these highways. This section also regulates the slope of residential driveways: the slope of any driveway should not exceed 8% for the first 15 feet; driveways .. Read More

Buncombe County Land Development and Subdivision Ordinance
Date Added: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Steep Slope Protection, Stormwater Management, Subdivision Regulations    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Saratoga Springs New York Zoning Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Stormwater Management, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
The purpose of the City of Saratoga Springs Zoning Ordinance is to encourage physical development while promoting public health, safety, and welfare. The ordinance is intended to classify, designate, and regulate the location and use of buildings, structures, and land for agricultural, residential, commercial, industrial, or other uses, and to divide the City into districts best suited to carry out the regulations set forth in the General City Law and provide for their enforcement. The regulations and district boundaries identified in the Zonin.. Read More

City of Cottage Grove Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Dover Transit Oriented Development Plan
Date Added: Thursday, November 5, 2015
Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
The Transit Oriented Development Plan (TOD) of the Town of Dover, New Jersey augments the existing land use patterns with new mixed-use residential and commercial development that are based on strong architectural form. It recommends form-based zoning changes, which will run concurrently to the Town’s Master Plan Process, that utilize historic planning and design practice while integrating recent market studies of the Town’s resources. The plan also focuses on pedestrian amenities through creating a strong streetscape program which creates a st.. Read More

City of Dubuque Unified Development Code; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

County of DuPage Countywide Stormwater and Floodplain Ordinances
Date Added: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
State: Not Applicable
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

County of DuPage Countywide Stormwater and Floodplain Ordinances
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Floodplain Regulations, Stormwater Management    
State: Not Applicable
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 Eden Stormwater Management & Erosion Control Ordinance
Date Added: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Development Standards, Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Stormwater Management    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Evansville Environmental Protection Agency
Date Added: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Enforcement, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
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


Township of Fairfield 2010 Build-Out Analysis
Date Added: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Build-Out Analysis    
State: Not Applicable
The 2010 Build-Out Analysis by Fairfield Township in Cumberland County, New Jersey examined the amount of development authorized by its zoning code. The final document was endorsed by the Fairfield Township Environmental Commission, and adopted by the Fairfield Township Land Use Board as an Amendment to the Master Plan. The methodology used by the Township in the Build-Out Analysis is set forth as well as the zoning standards and acreage for each district type. The document utilizes lists, charts, and maps to illustrate the data collected for t.. Read More

City of Fairbault Zoning and Development Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Ferndale Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Town of Greenburgh Wetlands & Watercourses Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Nonconforming Uses, Sewage Management, Drinking Water Protection & Conservation, Wetlands & Watercourse Protection    
State: Not Applicable
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

Grow Solar Local Government Solar Toolkit for Minnesota: Planning, Zoning, and Permitting
Date Added: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
The model addresses concerns that are primarily in counties, townships, and rural areas rather than cities and urban areas. The incentive portion of the urban model ordinance can be applied in rural areas, as are provisions addressing solar access and aesthetic considerations in those rural areas with development patterns at an urban scale (typically lots smaller than 1 acre). This ordinance addresses solar energy as both a principal use and as an accessory use to the primary residential or commercial use. The model outlines height restriction.. Read More

Hackensack Transit Oriented Development
Date Added: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Transit Oriented Development (TOD)    
State: Not Applicable
The Hackensack, New Jersey Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Report focuses on the process of a community-based vision to bring TOD to the areas surrounding the city’s two NJ TRANSIT rail station and its bus terminal, as well as the recommendations that resulted from the process. The development plan builds upon assets already present in Hackensack, such as its dense and diverse population, it being the seat of county government and that there is a growing health care sector centered on Hackensack University Medical Center. The report is a com.. Read More

Healthy Community Implementation Toolbox
Date Added: Thursday, July 12, 2018
Comprehensive Planning, Healthy Communities, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
Los Angeles wants to decrease health inequalities, chronic disease and obesity amongst the community. As a result, the ULI Los Angeles’ Healthy Community Implementation Toolbox was created for local governments and officials in public works, planning, and private developers. The goal of this toolbox is to create a healthy environment with creative active living design plans, incorporating fast food regulations and healthy retail incentives, along with farmers’ markets and community gardens. The toolbox outlines twelve tools for developing healt.. Read More

City of Hoboken Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Guidance for Developing Watershed Implementation Plans in Illinois
Date Added: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Watershed Planning, Watershed Protection    
State: Not Applicable
This Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) “Guidance Document” is designed to provide tools for watershed planning groups and in turn, devise a comprehensive WIP for their watershed. The guide provides for what should be in a WIP, as well as a format that will help to improve consistency among WIPs developed throughout Illinois. The Guide addresses water quality through examination of its chemical, biological, and physical/habitat integrity... Read More

City of Independence Solar Access Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

Borough of Kenhorst Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Ketchum Zoning Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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

City of Kirkwood Subdivision Code
Date Added: Friday, April 14, 2017
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Landscaping, Tree Preservation & Protection, Subdivision Regulations    
State: Not Applicable
Kirkwood Subdivision requirements have two main environmental components. The first falls under Article 7, Minimum Design and Development Standards. The regulations require due regard for topography, watercourses, slopes etc. and are geared towards environmental protection. The second falls under Article 8, the Improvements section. This requires that improvements made to a site consider site grading and specific tree planting/replanting requirements... Read More

Town of Marana Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance
Date Added: Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Floodplain Regulations    
State: Not Applicable
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

County of Maricopa Floodplain Regulations
Date Added: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Floodplain Regulations    
State: Not Applicable
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

Floodplain Regulations for Maricopa County
Date Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Floodplain Regulations    
State: Not Applicable
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

Resource Protection and Open Space
Date Added: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Healthy Communities, Low Impact Development & Green Infrastructure    
State: Not Applicable
Marlborough is increasingly concerned about the quality of their water (most of the drinking water is supplied by private wells). To combat this, their comprehensive plan suggests maintaining and increasing the amount of vegetation adjacent to streams, revising regulations when necessary to allow the planning board to require information regarding water quality of proposed on-site wells, and better locating septic tanks to avoid as much concentration of nitrate in the drinking water as possible. These policies will help to maintain the quali.. Read More

City of McCall Subdivision and Development Regulations; Solar Zoning
Date Added: Thursday, September 7, 2017
Solar Energy, Zoning    
State: Not Applicable
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 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    
State: Not Applicable
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

Updated Town and Village of Middleburgh Comprehensive Plan
Date Added: Monday, June 11, 2018
Comprehensive Planning, Economic Development, Flood Prevention, Historic Preservation, Land Use Planning, Open Space Preservation, Solar Energy, Farmland Protection & Preservation    
State: Not Applicable
The Town and Village of Middleburgh, New York’s 2015 Comprehensive Plan calls for commercial-scale solar farms to be allowed through a Special Use Permit and that standards be applied to this use that ensures consistency with the scenic, environmental, and agricultural needs of the community. According to the plan, modifications to the community’s zoning ordinance should be made to ensure that these farms do not create negative aesthetic impacts and or direct glare onto roads or neighboring properties. The Plan also calls for the Town’s zoning .. Read More

County of New Castle Local Natural Resource Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Sunday, April 16, 2017
Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
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

The Land Use Stabilization Wedge Strategy: Shifting Ground to Mitigate Climate Change
Date Added: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Emissions, Energy Efficiency & Conservation, Land Use Planning, Local Environmental Law, Local Governance, Solar Energy, Wind Energy    
State: Not Applicable
This article by John R. Nolon was published in William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review. The article describes how local governments, through the clever application of existing land use techniques, can mitigate climate change. This strategic path follows one developed by Princeton professor Robert Socolow, who identified and described fifteen categories for organizing society's climate change mitigation efforts. Five of Socolow's strategic categories fall within the reach of local land use authority: reduced use of vehicles, energy effi.. 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    
State: Not Applicable
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

Promoting Bicycling through Improved Infrastructure
Date Added: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Healthy Communities, Bicycle Infrastructure    
State: Not Applicable
Omaha, Nevada’s Master Plan includes a Transportation Element which outlines a future bicycle network through Omaha. The purpose of the network is to provide a bicycle facility (bike-oriented path) to all mixed-use centers in Omaha. The facilities were chosen based on traffic volume of the proposed route, distance between centers, and topography of the area. These facilities allow for safe passage and recreational activity. Bicycle facilities have three classifications: trails, paths, and routes. Bicycle trails give people a facility exclus.. Read More

City of Rogers Land Alteration Regulations
Date Added: Monday, March 21, 2016
Erosion & Sedimentation Control, Natural Resource Protection & Conservation    
State: Not Applicable
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

Seattle Food Action Plan
Date Added: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Land Use Planning, Local Food Production, Healthy Communities, Urban Farming & Community Gardens    
State: Not Applicable
The city adopted the “Seattle Food Action Plan” in 2013, created by the Office of Sustainability and Environment, that lays out specific strategies to get more healthy food to more Seattle residents. This plan is aimed at expanding opportunities for people to grow and procure healthy food in the city, enhancing the regional economy, and reducing food-related waste. The Food Action Plan involves many departments of the city, including the Human Services Department, responsible for developing community gardens to provide meal programs for childre.. Read More

City of Tampa Upland Habitat Protection Ordinance
Date Added: Friday, May 5, 2017
Overlay District, Wildlife & Fish Habitat    
State: Not Applicable
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

From Fitness Zones to the Medical Mile: How Urban Park Systems Can Best Promote Health and Wellness
Date Added: Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Healthy Communities, Parks & Recreation    
State: Not Applicable
The Trust for Public Land conducted a study and determined that in order for a park system to poster mental and physical well-being, it must be used by the public. The professionals in the fields of public and mental health, parks and recreation, landscape architecture, and urban planning discussed and analyzed park elements such as trails, sports fields, playgrounds, drinking fountains, restrooms, and other facilities, and how they are provided, promoted, and signed. The professionals also considered important variables external to the parks s.. Read More

Parking Pricing Implementation Guidelines
Date Added: Monday, July 20, 2015
Parking    
State: Not Applicable
This paper focuses on parking pricing as a part of an integrated parking management program. It provides guidelines for municipalities to use on optimal parking prices, revenue uses and the economic impact of parking prices. Also addressed are obstacles to parking pricing and potential solutions that can be used by a municipality to implement policies efficiently. The paper also details case studies that demonstrate successful implementation of various parking pricing policies in the United States, Canada, and Europe as examples to be followed... Read More