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July 15, 2018

5/10/2018 11:07:00 AM
Chisago County Solar Energy Systems Ordinance - Summary Publication

(May 10, 2018)

The following is a summary publication of Chisago County Solar Energy Systems Ordinance No. 2018 0418-1 adopted and approved by the County Board on April 18, 2017.  For Summary purposes, the full text of Section A. General Provisions followed by a complete list of the remaining sections and subsections are presented.  

For more information or for a full and complete copy of Chisago County Solar Energy Systems Ordinance No. 2018 0418-1, please contact the County Environmental Services Department.  

ORDINANCE NO. 2018 0418-1

AMENDING THE CHISAGO COUNTY ZONING ORDINANCE BY REPEALING AND ADDING STANDARDS AND DEFINITIONS FOR SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS INSTALATION AND USE IN CHISAGO COUNTY

THE CHISAGO COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONER ORDAINS:

The following language is hereby added to the Chisago County Zoning Ordinance:

7.31 SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS

A.  GENERAL PROVISIONS.

1. Purpose and Intent  
Chisago County finds that it is in the public interest to encourage the use and development of renewable energy systems that enhance energy conservation efforts, but result in limited adverse impact on nearby properties.  As such, the County supports the use of solar energy systems.  Chisago County also finds that the development of solar energy should be balanced with the protection of the public health, safety and welfare.  The County resolves that the following standards shall be adopted to ensure that solar energy systems can be constructed within Chisago County while also protecting public safety and the natural resources of the County.  Consistent with the Chisago County Comprehensive Plan, it is the intent of the County with this Section to create standards for the reasonable capture and use, by households, businesses and property owners, of their solar energy resource, and to encourage the development and use of solar energy.

2. Severability
The provisions of this Section shall be severable and the invalidity of any paragraph, subparagraph or subdivision thereof shall not make void any other paragraph, subparagraph or subdivision of this section.

3. Applicability
These regulations shall apply to all solar energy systems on properties and structures under the jurisdiction of the Chisago County Environmental Services Department.   Those systems shall be defined as solar energy systems generating less than 50 megawatts of power.  Chisago County shall refer any application for a large electric power generating plant (LEPGP) to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MN PUC) for approval.   

B.  DEFINITIONS.

C. TYPES OF SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS:  
• ACCESSORY SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS:  
• COMMERCIAL SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS:  
• Minimum Parcel Size:
• Interim Use Permit Required:
• Prohibited Areas:  
• Building Permit:  
• District Standards:  
• Power and Communications Lines.  
• Annual Notification:  
• Decommissioning Plan:  
• Large Energy Power Generating Plant:   
• Collector Systems Prohibited:    
• Future Alterations to Project Elements:  

D. ADDITIONAL STANDARDS FOR ALL SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS:   
1. Compliance with MN Building Code.   
2. Compliance with MN Electrical Code.  
3. Compliance with MN Plumbing Code.  
4.  Compliance with MN Energy Code.    
5.  Compliance with MPCA regulations.  
6.  Controlled Access.   

E. ADMINISTRATIVE SOLAR PERMIT REQUIREMENTS:
• Administrative Solar Permits:   
2.  Community Meeting:
a)  Notification:  
b)  Meeting Date/Time/Location:   
c)  Content of Meeting:  
d)  County Representation:
e)  Response to Concerns:
f)   Meeting Summary and Report:       
3.   Administrative Solar Permit Application Submittal Requirements.
4.  Zoning Administrator Approval:  
5.  Solar Administrative Permit Expiration:

F.  ADMINISTRATIVE SOLAR PERMIT PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
1.  Noise
2.  Site Sediment and Erosion Control
3.  Ground Cover
4.  Visual Screening and Landscape Plan
a.  Preservation of Existing Screening:  
b.  Screening From Dwellings, Roadways/Around Interior Perimeter Fencing:   
c.  New Vegetative Screening Location:   
5.  Wetlands  
6.  Blanding’s Turtle
7.  Security Fence Design
8.  Maintenance
9.  Financial Surety/Site Restoration
10.  Setbacks
11. Interconnection equipment
12.  Revocation

G. INTERIM USE PERMIT (IUP) REQUIREMENTS:
1. Interim Use Permit:  
• Application for Interim Use Permit:   
3. Interim Use Permit Performance Standards:   

H.   REPEALER  

I.   EFFECTIVE DATE

This Ordinance shall be in full force and effect after its approval and publication as provided by law.  Adopted by the Chisago County Board of Commissioners this 18th day of April, 2018.

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