Recommendations for Utility-Scale Developers - Executive Summary
Best Practices for Land Use and Zoning Project Approval
As utility-scale solar projects have become more prevalent in the United States, there has been increasing need for attention to responsible land use and zoning practices. With North Carolina’s rise to the top of the national utility scale solar rankings comes a set of strategies for solar developers, local government officials, and interested community members.
This guide discusses tips and tactics for solar developers, and covers recommendations for legal strategy, public relations, and brand awareness in the context of zoning and permitting.
Table Of Contents
I. Guidance on Land Use Policy, Community Relations, and the Politics of Local Governments
II. Legal Criteria for Receiving a Solar Project Permit in North Carolina
III. Legal Criteria for Receiving a Solar Project Permit in Virginia
IV. Community Interaction
VI. Elected Officials
VII. The CUP, SUP or SEP Permit Hearing
VIII. Appealing a Permit Decision
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