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The Williamson Act: Agricultural Land Conservation and Solar Development (Update)

The California Department of Conservation has issued an updated position paper on the Williamson act called, “Considerations in Citing Solar Facilities on Land Enrolled in the Williamson Act”. Among the suggestions made in the paper have to do with solar compatibility to underlying agricultural uses. A positive compatibility determination can be made under the following conditions: Continue reading

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Solar Project Permitting Trends in California

Solar Project Permitting Trends in California
By Philip L. Millenbah, AICP
VP Project Development and Land Services
Solar Land Partners, Inc. Continue reading

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Land Use and Utility Scale Solar Projects

With the approval of these projects and with the demand for utility scale projects growing rapidly, solar developers will be called on to develop best management practices to mitigate any land use impacts associated with solar development. But during the course of their permitting process solar developers need to educate the local permitting staff about the true regional impacts of fossil fuel energy facilities and on the long term environmental benefits utility scale solar provides their community. Continue reading

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Utility Scale Solar Generation Facilities Conditional Use Permitting

In California counties have essentially two kinds of uses, permitted uses and conditional uses. Permitted uses have been determined to be allowed by right and can proceed with no approval-except a business license-in the city with no other approvals required. Conditional uses are uses determined by the county to be acceptable but are thought to have impacts that need to be mitigated. Continue reading

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