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Sustainability

This subject area examined how to encourage environmental sensitivity through zoning and removing zoning obstacles to sustainable design.  Issues included green building design, low impact development, transit oriented development, energy efficiency and measures of sustainability. The consultant team of Clarion Associates and Farr Associates was engaged to help provide professional expertise to the Working Group and Office of Planning. The Office of Planning and the Sustainability Working Group have concluded their efforts to review the District’s zoning ordinance and identify potential obstacles and methods to integrate sustainability policy objectives into the code.

Working Group

Meetings for this subject area were conducted on the following dates:
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November 17, 2008
December 4, 2008
December 15, 2008
January 8, 2009
February 5, 2009
February 19, 2009

Moving Forward

The final recommendations were heard by the Zoning Commission at a Public Hearing held on May 21, 2009. To see the full transcript of the public hearing, you can read the Zoning Commission transcript of case 08-06-9 on their site here
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Recommendations (1)
Date Title/Description
13-May-2009 Sustainability ZC Public Hearing Report - This document provides the final recommendations to be presented to the Zoning Commission at their public hearing May 21, 2009.
Meeting Documents (14)
Date Title/Description
24-Feb-2009 Mtg. 7 February 19 2009 Notes Summary - A summary of notes from the February 19th meeting on sustainability recommendations.
23-Feb-2009 Mtg. 7 February 19 2009 Powerpoint - Draft proposed recommendations on sustainability to the working group.
09-Feb-2009 Mtg. 6 Notes summary February 5 2009 - A summary of notes from the February 5th meeting on green jobs and food production/security.
06-Feb-2009 Mtg. 6 February 5 2009 Powerpoint - OP presentation on food security and green jobs
15-Jan-2009 Mtg. 5 January 8 2009 Notes Summary
09-Jan-2009 Mtg. 5 January 8 2009 Powerpoint - A summary of the meeting topic on Integrating Land use and Mobility.
18-Dec-2008 Mtg. 4 December 15 2008 Notes Summary - A summary of notes from the December 15th meeting on water conservation & steep slopes and streams protections.
17-Dec-2008 Mtg. 4 December 15 2008 Powerpoint - A summary of the meeting topic on Water conservation and Steep slope overlay.
10-Dec-2008 Mtg. 3 December 4 2008 Notes Summary - A summary of notes from the December 4th meeting on energy conservation & renewable energy generation.
05-Dec-2008 Mtg. 3 December 4 2008 Powerpoint - The presentation given at the December 4, 2008 meeting on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Generation.
20-Nov-2008 Mtg. 2 November 17 2008 Notes - Notes from the Nov 17 meeting on Climate Change.
18-Nov-2008 Mtg. 2 November 17 2008 Powerpoint - A summary of the meeting topic on Climate Change.
12-Nov-2008 Mtg. 1 November 6 2008 Notes - A summary of the meeting.
07-Nov-2008 Mtg. 1 November 6 2008 Powerpoint - The presentation made at the first Sustainability working group meeting on November 6, 2008.
Background Documents (1)
Date Title/Description
05-Nov-2008 Sustainability Diagnosis for the Zoning Review - This Sustainability Diagnosis was drafted to serve as a background paper and a guide to discussion for the Sustainability Working Group. In order to organize the wide range of sustainability topics into a manageable list for discussion, we have divided the material into seven substantive sections: • Climate Change • Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Production • Integrating Land Use and Mobility • Water Conservation and Greywater • Slopes, Streams, Stormwater, and Hydrology • Food Production/Security and Community Health • Sustainable Businesses and “Green Jobs”