Renewable Energy Streamlining Program (ED13-196)

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Lead Agency
San Luis Obispo County
Document Title
Renewable Energy Streamlining Program (ED13-196)
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preperation

Document Description
The program consists primarily of revisions to the inland Land Use Ordinance (LUO, Title 22) for the Development of distributed renewable energy resources. Currently, distributed generation includes renewable energy projects that generally produce less than 20 megawatts (WM) of power near the point of use. Distributed energy resources may either be connected to the electric grid or serve on-site uses in stand-alone applications. The focus of the Program is to support distributed solar energy facilities, but also includes updates for other technologies such as wind energy conversion facilities and biomass. Code updates will provide greater certainty for the renewable energy development and reduce barriers to permitting appropriate renewable technologies. A new RE Combining Designation will be created in Chapter 22.14 of the LUO (and described in the Framework for Planning, Park I of the General Plan Land Use and Circulation Elements) to provide ministerial permits for a range of solar energy facilities. Additional studies may be required based on the presence of site-specific issues or the scale of the renewable energy facility. Discretionary review may be triggered within the RE Combining Designation by larger projects that require additional standards or conditions of approval. LUO Chapter 22.32 (Electric Generating Facilities) will be updated to provide development standards and performance criteria for new "tiers" of renewable energy technologies.

Contact Information
James Caruso
San Luis Obispo County
County Government Center, Room 200
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408-2040

(805) 781-5600


San Luis Obispo

Notice of Completion

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Local Action
General Plan Amendment Other Action Other Action: Revisions to the Land Use Ordinance (Title 22); revisions to...
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Minerals Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Recreation/Parks Schools/Universities Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Wildlife Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board California Coastal Commission California Department of Parks and Recreation California Energy Commission California Public Utilities Commission Caltrans, District 5 Department of Water Resources Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 3 Resources Agency Native American Heritage Commission Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 4 Cal Fire
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