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File #: 17-0585    Version: 1 Name: Temporary Moratorium on Ground Mounted Solar Panels & Arrays
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/17/2017 In control: City Council
On agenda: 4/17/2017 Final action: 4/17/2017
Enactment date: 4/17/2017 Enactment #: R-17-120
Title: Resolution to Impose a Temporary Moratorium on Ground Mounted Solar Panels and Arrays in the Front Open Space in Residential and Parking Zoning Districts
Sponsors: Zachary Ackerman, Julie Grand, Christopher Taylor
Related files: 17-0931, 17-1248
Title
Resolution to Impose a Temporary Moratorium on Ground Mounted Solar Panels and Arrays in the Front Open Space in Residential and Parking Zoning Districts
Body
Whereas, The City's Zoning Ordinance does not specifically define ground mounted solar panels or arrays, but they are considered an accessory structure included in other definitions in the Ordinance;

Whereas, Accessory buildings are currently allowed to be placed in front of a principal building as long as the accessory building is behind the required or average front setback line;

Whereas, The "required front open space" is defined as the area between the front lot line and the front setback line and the "front open space" is defined as the area between the front lot line and the front of the principal building;

Whereas, In some cases, there is enough space to place an accessory building behind the setback line yet still in front of the house in residential districts with more than the 40' setback;

Whereas, Recent application for accessory structures have brought to the forefront the need to revise the City's Zoning Ordinance to define ground mounted solar panels or arrays, and to ensure that the Ordinance provides for specific requirements for placement of ground mounted solar panels or arrays in the front open space, given their size, and compatibility with other surrounding residential uses;

Whereas, City Council is concerned that allowing ground mounted solar panels or arrays, in the front open space between the dwelling unit and front setback line was not specifically contemplated when the ordinance was drafted; and

Whereas, The City has received 3 applications for ground mounted solar panels or arrays in the front open space;

RESOLVED, That, for the purposes of this resolution, "ground mounted solar panels or arrays" shall include any solar energy panels mounted on racks, poles, or other structures affixed to the ground;

RESOLVED, That City Council hereby directs the Planning Commis...

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