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Zoning and Permitting Solar in Your Municipality: A Municipal Guidebook for Solar Zoning and Permitting

Related Criteria

  • PZD-1a: Review zoning requirements and identify restrictions that intentionally or unintentionally prohibit solar PV development. Compile findings in a memo. Examples of restrictions to look for include, but are not limited to, height restrictions, set-back requirements, requiring a conditional use permit, and aesthetic requirements.
  • PZD-1b: Present PZD-1a memo findings to planning commission or relevant zoning body.
  • PZD-1c: Draft proposed language for changes to zoning code based on PZD-1a memo and PZD-1b dialogue. Involve planners and/or local zoning experts in the creation of the draft language.
  • PZD-2a: Post an online document from the Planning/Zoning Department that states accessory use solar PV is allowed by-right in all major zones.
  • PZD-5a: Include quantifiable metrics and/or specific actions for solar PV development in the most current version of relevant local plans (e.g. energy plan, climate plan, comprehensive plan).
  • PZD-10a: Permits small ground-mounted solar PV as an accessory use in at least one zoning district.
  • PZD-10b: Exempts rooftop solar PV from certain restrictions on accessory uses (e.g. height limits, rooftop equipment screening requirements, or other restrictions).
  • PZD-10c: Exempts small ground-mounted solar PV from certain restrictions on accessory uses (e.g. setbacks, coverage or impervious surface calculations, or other restrictions).
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