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Recommendations for Utility-Scale Developers - Executive Summary

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Best Practices for Land Use and Zoning Project Approval

 

Executive Summary

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 

V. Communications 

VI. Elected Officials

VII. The CUP, SUP or SEP Permit Hearing

VIII. Appealing a Permit Decision

IX. Moratoria

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