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  • Albany, NY, Albany 2030

    Adopted 2012
    This award-winning comprehensive plan includes a guiding vision statement, as well as policy recommendations that address food systems, acknowledge the importance of social service uses, and support solar energy use.
    Albany, NY
  • Will County, IL, Code of Ordinances

    2017
    The county's zoning code addresses solar energy systems and animal keeping in residential districts.
    Will County, IL
  • Southampton, NY, Municipal Code

    2008
    The town's building regulations designate a senior housing zone in its downtown district, and establish a fast-track permitting system for residential solar energy systems.
    Southampton town, NY
  • San Diego, CA, Municipal Code

    2017
    The city's land development regulations provide solar orientation and access provisions for planned districts; the zoning code outlines food truck permitting; the city code addresses environmentally sensitive area protection and the keeping of chickens in the city.
    San Diego, CA
  • Smithtown, NY, Municipal Code

    2013
    The town's code includes a retirement community district and establishes a fast-track permitted process for residential solar energy systems.
    Smithtown town, NY
  • Ventura, CA, Municipal Code

    2017
    The development code protects environmentally sensitive habitat areas and recommends sustainable design features, including solar readiness.
    San Buenaventura (Ventura), CA
  • Calabasas, CA, Municipal Code

    2017
    The city's land-use and development code provides standards for solar energy collectors and wireless telecommunication facilities in the public right-of-way.
    Calabasas, CA
  • East Stroudsburg, PA, Municipal Code

    2016
    The borough's zoning code permits accessory solar energy systems in all districts and addresses home gardening.
    East Stroudsburg borough, PA
  • Davis, CA, Municipal Code

    2018
    The city's zoning and subdivision codes address bicycle parking and solar energy protections; the code also establishes farmland protections.
    Davis, CA
  • Model Ordinance for Smaller-Scale Solar Energy Projects in Virginia (By Right Permitting)

    2012
    This model ordinance provides suggested language for consideration by Virginia localities in framing their own local solar ordinance for smaller-scale solar energy projects.
    Virginia
  • Municipal Guide to Planning for and Regulating Alternative Energy Systems

    2010
    This guidebook includes model zoning provisions and commentary for both accessory and primary-use solar energy systems.
    Lancaster County, PA
  • Model As-of-Right Zoning Bylaw: Allowing Use of Large-Scale Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Installations

    2014
    This model bylaw from Massachusetts offers zoning standards to facilitate development of large-scale ground-mounted solar photovoltaic installations.
    Massachusetts
  • Solar Energy Standards - Urban Communities

    Updated 2014
    by: Brian Ross, AICP
    This model solar energy system ordinance with commentary for Minnesota communities addresses standards for accessory solar energy systems, provides for solar access protections, prohibits private covenants from restricting solar energy use, and offers incentives for solar energy system installations and solar access protections.
    Minnesota
  • Solar Energy Standards - Counties

    Updated 2014
    by: Brian Ross, AICP
    This model ordinance for counties in Minnesota provides a template for zoning regulations for large-scale solar energy systems.
    Minnesota
  • Lake Oswego, OR, Municipal Code

    2017
    The city's community development code protects environmentally sensitive lands and regulates solar energy systems.
    Lake Oswego, OR
  • Guilford County, NC, Development Ordinance

    2015
    The county's development ordinance addresses agritourism as well as accessory and principal solar energy systems within the county.
    Guilford County, NC
  • Minneapolis, MN, Code of Ordinances

    2017
    The city's code permits accessory dwelling units, requires bicycle parking, addresses mobile food vehicle vending, includes a pedestrian-friendly overlay and multiple policy-driven off-street parking requirements, addresses group homes, addresses residential infill development, supports solar energy use, and addresses urban livestock.
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Scottsdale, AZ, Code of Ordinances

    2017
    The city's zoning code includes an overlay district to protect environmentally sensitive lands and a number of requirements addressing solar design and solar access protections.
    Scottsdale, AZ
  • Renewable Energy Ordinance Framework – Solar

    2015
    This document provides municipalities with a framework for drafting their own ordinances for small-scale accessory solar energy systems, offering a menu of sample ordinance language options to build a customized ordinance that addresses local issues.
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Chico, CA, 2030 General Plan

    Adopted 2011
    The city's General Plan includes policy recommendations that address housing an aging population and support solar energy use.
    Chico, CA
  • Phoenix, AZ, Zoning Ordinance

    2017
    The city's zoning ordinance covers food trucks and renewable energy systems.
    Phoenix, AZ
  • North Port, FL, Unified Land Development Code

    2017
    The city's unified land development code addresses solar access and siting considerations, as well as urban forestry.
    North Port, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA, Philadelphia 2035: The Comprehensive Plan

    Adopted 2011
    The comprehensive plan includes an objective supporting solar-friendly development regulations and urban forestry.
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Portsmouth, VA, Code of Ordinances

    2017
    The city adopted a new zoning code in 2010 that addresses active transportation, solar energy use, and variances.
    Portsmouth, VA
  • Boulder County, CO, Land Use Code

    2018
    The land use code defines solar energy systems, solar gardens and the zoning districts in which they are permitted, and authorizes transfer of development rights to preserve agricultural, open space, scenic, and environmental resources.
    Boulder County, CO
  • Butte County, CA, Zoning Ordinance

    2018
    The county's zoning ordinance addresses agritourism and farmland protection and defines and provides standards for four tiers of solar utility uses.
    Butte County, CA
  • Troy, MI, Zoning Ordinance

    2016
    The city adopted a new zoning code in 2011 that addresses solar energy use.
    Troy, MI
  • Minneapolis, MN, Plan for Sustainable Growth

    Updated June 2016
    The city's comprehensive plan includes policy recommendations aimed at balancing all modes of transportation, encouraging solar energy use, and promoting urban forestry.
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Fort Collins, CO, City Plan

    Adopted 2011
    The city's comprehensive plan includes vision statements for each topic area, as well as several solar energy-related goals in its Environmental Health and Sustainability element.
    Fort Collins, CO
  • Lowell, MA, Sustainable Lowell 2025

    Adopted 2013
    Lowell’s master plan includes a vision statement based on four principles, as well as goals that prioritize the installation of solar arrays on both homes and municipal properties.
    Lowell, MA
  • Longmont, CO, Code of Ordinances

    2016
    The city's land development code defines and regulates small-cell wireless and addresses solar, as does its mandatory green building code.
    Longmont, CO
  • Barnstable, MA, Muncipal Code

    2016
    The city's zoning code creates an overlay district in which large-scale solar PV operations are permitted by right and provides standards for these uses, and includes a Shopping Center Redevelopment Overlay District to permit redevelopment of a large retail center.
    Barnstable Town, MA
  • Maricopa County, AZ, Zoning Ordinance

    2017
    The county's zoning ordinance addresses group homes and solar energy facilities and access.
    Maricopa County, AZ
  • Richmond, CA, General Plan 2030

    Adopted 2012
    The city’s general plan includes several policy recommendations that support solar energy development as well as community gardens and urban farms.
    Richmond, CA
  • Rock Island, IL, Comprehensive Plan

    Adopted April 2014
    The city's comprehensive plan includes a planning framework vision, as well as policies that support food systems and solar energy.
    Rock Island, IL
  • Albuquerque, NM, Code of Ordinances

    2017
    The city's zoning code includes multiple types of policy-driven off-street parking requirements and addresses solar access and solar site design.
    Albuquerque, NM
  • Grand Rapids, MI, Code of Ordinances

    2017
    The city's zoning code includes policy-driven off-street parking requirements, permits accessory solar energy systems by right in all zoning districts, and defines and regulates micro-apartments as a distinct type of dwelling; the zoning code allows backyard chickens in the city and regulates mobile vending.
    Grand Rapids, MI
  • Milwaukee, WI, Code of Ordinances

    2017
    The city's zoning ordinance permits solar farms by right and includes multiple types of policy-driven off-street parking requirements; the city's animal code addresses the keeping of chickens and honeybees within the city.
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Rochester, NY, City Code

    2017
    The city's zoning code permits solar energy systems and multiple social service uses and includes policy-driven off-street parking requirements.
    Rochester, NY
  • Evanston, IL, Code of Ordinances

    2017
    The city's zoning code provides standards for solar collectors; the green building ordinance offers points for solar energy systems; the public safety code addresses the keeping of chickens and bees within the city; and the business licenses and regulations code covers food trucks.
    Evanston, IL
  • Hailey, ID, Municipal Code

    2017
    The city's building code addresses solar energy systems its green building program; the zoning code addresses accessory and primary use solar energy systems as well as chickens and beekeeping.
    Hailey, ID
  • Issaquah, WA, Municipal Code

    2017
    The city's land-use code addresses accessory solar energy systems and conflicts with trees, as well as the keeping of farm animals and honeybees in residential districts.
    Issaquah, WA
  • Lakewood, CO, Municipal Code

    2017
    The city's zoning ordinance addresses accessory and primary use solar energy systems, solar easements, and animal keeping.
    Lakewood, CO
  • Los Alamos County, NM, Code of Ordinances

    2017
    The county's code provides for solar access protections and the keeping of livestock in residential districts.
    Los Alamos County, NM
  • Fort Collins, CO, Code of Ordinances

    2017
    The city's codified ordinances address active transportation, marijuana-related uses, solar energy, student housing, and urban agriculture.
    Fort Collins, CO
  • Newark, DE, Code of Ordinances

    2017
    The city's codified ordinances addresses solar energy use and student housing.
    Newark, DE
  • Wilmington, NC, Code of Ordinances

    2017
    The city's codified ordinances address solar energy use and student housing.
    Wilmington, NC
  • East Lansing, MI, Code of Ordinances

    2017
    The city's codified ordinances address solar energy use and student housing.
    East Lansing, MI
  • Salt Lake City, UT, City Code

    2017
    The city's code establishes pedestrian-oriented standards for its mixed-use districts and provides policy-driven off-street parking requirements; it addresses group homes, food trucks, residential infill development, solar energy use, urban agriculture, and chicken-keeping.
    Salt Lake City, UT
  • Thornton, CO, Code of Ordinances

    2016
    The city's development code addresses wireless telecommunication facilities in the public rights-of-way and solar energy.
    Thornton, CO

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