Community solar projects have numerous novel features, compared to other types of development. During this session, Adriana Beltrani, an Environmental Planner with the firm Nelson, Pope, Voorhis will present what to look for in a complete site plan application package and explore ways for local planning boards to ensure that information about important resources and other local priorities are considered during the site design and review. The session seeks to provide attendees with the tools to appropriately investigate, avoid, and mitigate potential impacts from solar projects.
Who should attend? This session will be most useful to members of local town councils, planning, zoning, and other town committees, and anyone with an interest in understanding the local review process. It is strongly recommended to attend the first webinar in advance of the other two in the series.
This event is supported by a grant from the Land Trust Alliance’s Land and Climate Program.
Adriana Beltrani an Environmental Planner with Nelson Pope Voorhis, LLC, a firm which provides a range of land use and environmental planning services to communities and private clients throughout the Hudson Valley. Ms. Beltrani advises local Planning and Town Boards on development and zoning proposals, facilitates the NYS Environmental Quality Review Act process, and prepares zoning ordinances, comprehensive plans, and open space plans. In her time at NPV, Ms. Beltrani has helped communities meet this Community Solar moment by advising Boards on the review of solar site plans and aiding in the amendment of solar zoning codes that meet the unique needs of each community served. Ms. Beltrani lives in Columbia County with her husband, two dogs and a rowdy flock of chickens.