As I reported in my last newsletter, I recently introduced a zoning text amendment designed to make it easier for businesses to install solar energy panels on their property.
It’s a follow-up to the zoning change I introduced that the council approved this spring, allowing community solar projects that can provide electricity to residents who can’t have their own solar panels.
This new proposal would exempt accessory use solar projects from the costly and lengthy site plan process.
Too often, the cost of the site plan process can outweigh the benefits of adding solar panels to a property.
Many of our businesses want to participate more in the new green economy, for both financial and environmental reasons, and this proposal would help them do just that.
The zoning change would apply only to properties zoned for commercial, employment, industrial and mixed-use without residential.
Together, by promoting more solar energy, these two zoning changes can help our county meet its goal of zero carbon emissions by 2035.
A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 1:30 p.m. You can sign up to testify at the hearing online athttps://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/phsignup.html or by calling 240-777-7803.
And the Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee is scheduled to discuss the proposal at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.
More information is here: https://bit.ly/2Ap0LOA.