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File #: Ord 19-10    Version: Name: Solar and Wind Energy Ordinance
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 6/26/2019
Title: Amending Chapters 63, 65, and 66 of the Legislative Code pertaining to Solar and Wind Energy.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Ward: Solar energy, Wind energy
Code sections: Sec. 63.116. - Exterior lighting., Sec. 65.322. - Utility or public service building., Sec. 65.921. - Support services in housing for the elderly., Sec. 66.221. - Principal uses., Sec. 66.321. - Principal uses., Sec. 66.421. - Principal uses., Sec. 66.521. - Principal uses., Sec. 66.921. - Ford district use table.
Attachments: 1. SustainablePower - PC Resolution, 2. PC Approved Minutes, 3. Public hearing testimony - PC, 4. Wind energy powerpoint_publichearing_11032017, 5. Draft Amendments, 6. MN-OZA Letter re ORD 19-10, 7. Fresh-Energy Letter re ORD 19-10
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Amending Chapters 63, 65, and 66 of the Legislative Code pertaining to Solar and Wind Energy.

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STATEMENT OF FINDINGS BY THE COUNCIL

WHEREAS, the Saint Paul Zoning Code, found in chapters 60 through 69 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code, is established to promote and to protect the public health, safety, morals, aesthetics, economic viability and general welfare of the community; and

WHEREAS, Section 61.801(a) of the Zoning Code calls for periodic review of said code to reflect current city policies, to address current technology and market conditions, and to bring the zoning code up-to-date; and

WHEREAS, on April 15, 2011 the Planning Commission initiated a zoning study to consider amendments to the Zoning Code regarding wind energy conversion systems; and

WHEREAS, in 2013, the Minnesota Legislature passed a suite of laws associated with community solar gardens, discussion of which was included in the study; and

WHEREAS, on November 3, 2017, the Saint Paul Planning Commission held a duly noticed public hearing on proposed zoning text amendments regarding sustainable power zoning code amendments; and

WHEREAS, the Neighborhood Planning Committee, on November 28, 2017, forwarded its recommendations to the Planning Commission; and

WHEREAS, under provisions of Minnesota Statutes § 462.367 and Legislative Code § 61.801, the Planning Commission recommended to the Mayor and City Council the following amendments to Section 63, 65, and 66 of the Saint Paul Zoning Code pertaining to hybrid solar/wind-powered light fixtures, wind energy conversion systems and community solar installations, as set forth on page 2 of this resolution, along with a November 29, 2017, memorandum from the Neighborhood Planning Committee containing its recommendations and rationale for the proposed text amendments, to the Mayor and City Council for review and adoption; and

WHEREAS, a public hearing before the City Council having been conducted at which all interested ...

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