This session will cover of the process of planning and zoning for community solar, to ensure that the development of community solar meets your community’s vision. Adriana Beltrani, Environmental Planner with the firm Nelson, Pope, Voorhis will build on the previous session and present the ways that various local zoning tools, such as site plan review, special use permits, and supplemental regulations can be tailored to meet a community’s unique solar development objectives. The session walks attendees through creating a community solar vision, communicating expectations through zoning language, and how to consider the future of a community solar site (i.e., decommissioning).
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 others 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.