During the summer, the County Board of Supervisors placed a moratorium on commercial solar development, while planning staff prepared guidelines for such projects. A draft county ordinance regulating commercial solar energy goes before the San Bernardino County Planning Commission tomorrow. Reporter Dan Stork previews the rules…
San Bernardino County staff has finished its assignment to draft an ordinance that amends the County code on renewable energy generation facilities, and will present it to the County Planning Commission on October 17. A list of over 30 “findings” required for a commercial solar energy project to go forward addresses: views, floodways, dust, residential proximity, cultural and historic resources, groundwater, plants and animals, grading, and more. The ordinance also establishes buffer zones around national parks and preserves, and along major approaches to the parks. Rules established by cities can be extended to their spheres of influence in unincorporated areas.
The Planning Commission will consider the ordinance at 11 a.m., at the County Government Center, Covington Chambers, 385 N. Arrowhead Avenue, First Floor, San Bernardino. It can also be accessed remotely and interactively at the video conferencing facility at the County Government Center in Joshua Tree.