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Updated Alert: Plan Santa Barbara

 

Updated Alert:

The City Council strengthened ER6.6 by writing in requirements for all residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. However, the Council did not take action on the use of renewable energy on historic structures as we asked on ER6.5. This means there is still work to be done in this area.

We’ll let you know about the next time your action is needed.

Original Alert:

The City of Santa Barbara’s General Plan Update is coming back to the City Council, Tuesday, July 26. Key decisions relating to energy, climate change and the environment will occur tomorrow, and the impacts will be felt for decades. Please help us encourage the Council to empower future generations with appropriate tools and resources. We believe this means embracing new technologies and allowing people to choose from a range of options in transportation, housing, and business.

The letter sent to City Council:

Dear Santa Barbara City Council:

I support new technologies that allow people to choose from a range of options in transportation, housing, and business. I support the PlanSB Subcommittee recommendations but would like to see several of the implementation actions strengthened or clarified.  Specifically:

ER6.5 Facilitate Renewable Energy Technologies.
The City has an exemplary over-the-counter permit process for rooftop solar.  Unfortunately this process does not apply to historic structures or structures in historic areas.  ER6.5 should specifically highlight the intent to facilitate use of renewable energy on historic structures and in historic areas.  It should also lay out a plan for how such a plan might be implemented.

ER6.6 Solar Energy
I support all new construction and significant remodel projects installing solar energy and ask that any residential projects of three units or greater be required to install a minimum of 2kW of solar photovoltaic per unit.  If 2kW per unit will not fit onto the property then the maximum physically feasible should be required. While it is often easiest to install solar on the residential roof, solar may also be installed over a parking structure or on the ground.  All types of installation should be encouraged through this implementation element.

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