Track: Trends in Project Development (stakeholder and community interaction)
Community-based Ordinance Development: The Key Attributes of Zoning in Michigan
Presentation Description: This presentation will highlight a newly developed database documenting and analyzing the zoning jurisdictions in the state of Michigan (1,856 municipalities) and their zoning ordinances relevant to utility-scale wind energy siting. Zoning attributes (e.g., setbacks) will be benchmarked against existing wind energy projects in the state to be leveraged by wind developers, municipalities and academia. The database will be hosted by the State of Michigan’s Energy Office and will be available to the public with the additional goal of serving as a template for similar efforts nationwide.
Additionally, the database will be leveraged to help identify communities that have recently implemented wind siting ordinances. Qualitative data will be collected regarding the implementation process via interviews with developers, community leaders, and others. This study will serve as a foundation for municipalities looking to effectively pass ordinances that represent the views of their communities.