San Bernadino County resolution: Bans large-scale renewable energy projects

San Bernadino County in California adopted this resolution banning large-scale renewable energy projects. The full resolution and presentation slides explaining the change in policy can be downloaded from this page. Minutes from a May 28, 2018 special meetiing of the supervisors is also available from this page. Below is an excerpt of the resolution. Other supporting documentation leading up to adoption of the resolution can be accessed at the link on this page. 

AMENDMENTS: The text of the Renewable Energy and Conservation Element is hereby amended to add RE Policy 4.10, replace RE Policy 5.2, and add RE Policy 5.9 to read as follows:

RE Policy 4.10: Prohibit utility-oriented RE project development on sites that would create adverse impacts on the quality of life or economic development opportunities in existing unincorporated communities. Any exceptions or revisions to the following policy direction would require approval by the Board of Supervisors.

RE 4.10.1: Prohibit development of utility-oriented RE projects in the Rural Living land use districts throughout the County.

RE 4.10.2: Prohibit development of utility-oriented RE projects within the boundaries of existing community plans, which at the time of adoption of this Element are the Bloomington, Muscoy, Bear Valley, Crest Forest, Hilltop, Lake Arrowhead, Lytle Creek, Oak Glen, Homestead Valley, Joshua Tree, Lucerne Valley, Morongo Valley, Oak Hills and Phelan/Pinon Hills Community Plans.

RE 4.10.3: Establish exclusion areas in the Development Code regulations for renewable energy development, beginning with the prohibitions in Policies 4.10.1 and 4.10.2 and provide for additional exclusion areas, such as new community plan areas, to be designated by amendment to the Development Code.

RE Policy 5.2: Utility-oriented RE generation projects on private land in the unincorporated County will be limited to the site-types below, in addition to meeting criteria established herein and in the Development Code:

i. Private lands adjacent to the federal Development Focus Areas supported by the Board of Supervisors that meet siting criteria and development standards
ii. Waste disposal sites
iii. Mining sites (operating and reclaimed)
iv. Fallow, degraded and unviable agricultural lands
v. Airports (existing and abandoned or adaptively re-used)
vi. Brownfields
vii. California Department of Toxic Substance Control Cleanup Program sites
viii. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act sites
ix. Sites within or adjacent to electric transmission and utility distribution corridors
x. Existing energy generation sites
xi. Industrial zones proven to not conflict with economic development needs
xii. Other sites proven by a detailed suitability analysis to reflect the significantly disturbed nature or conditions of those listed above

RE Policy 5.9: Collaborate with utilities, the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to plan for RE generation facilities to be located on public lands, apart from existing unincorporated communities.

San Bernadino Co Resolution On Renewable Energy 2019 2 28

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San Bernadino Co Resolution Presentation 2019 2 28

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Sb County Special Planing Commission Minutes 2018 05 24 1

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Source: http://cob-sire.sbcounty.go...

FEB 28 2019
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