Renewable Energy Streamlining Program (ED13-196)

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Luis Obispo County
Document Title
Renewable Energy Streamlining Program (ED13-196)
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Document Description
The RESP consists of revisions to the inland Land Use Ordinance (LUO, Title 22) to streamline the development of distributed renewable energy resources, as well as associated revisions to the County's General Plan Conservation and Open Space Element and Williamson Act Rules of Procedure. Distributed energy resources may either be connected to the electric grid or serve on-site uses in stand-alone applications. The focus of the RESP is to support distributed solar energy facilities, but also includes update for other technologies such as wind energy conversion facilities. Code updates will provide greater certainty for renewable energy development and adopt performance standards that will reduce barriers to permitting certain renewable energy technologies. A new RE Combining Designation will be created in Chapter 22.14 of the LUO (and described in the Framework for Planning, Part 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 will be updated to provide development standards and performance criteria for renewable energy technologies proposed throughout the project boundaries. These revisions include streamlined permit review for certain types of renewable energy facilities and foster greater clarity and transparency in the renewable energy entitlement process. New content in Chapter 22.32 would simplify and standardize the application and entitlement process for all solar electric facilities and wind energy conversion systems countywide, both within and outside of the RE Combining Designation.

Contact Information

James Caruso
Agency Name
San Luis Obispo County
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Luis Obispo

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
Cal Fire, California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Energy Commission, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), Department of Water Resources, Resources Agency
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Revisions to the Land Use Ordinance (Title 22); revisions to...
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Wildlife

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