Solar Panel Moratorium
Two inherent values of the Worthington community are to preserve the character of the Architectural Review District while promoting the sustainable practices of our residents and businesses. The purpose of the moratorium is to provide time to strike a balance and appropriately research, evaluate and discuss options that might address concerns about the visual impact of solar panels on the character of the District.
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There are a number of opportunities for residents to be informed and involved in the process: The following schedule has been proposed. Please note, the dates have changed slightly from the original schedule:
- February 13th City Council Committee of the Whole meeting
- Staff will present research findings related to how solar panels are
regulated in the Worthington community in comparison to other cities in
Ohio and the U.S. Staff will answer Council questions related to the
findings. This is an informational meeting. No public comment is
expected. However, City Council will provide the opportunity for people
to submit written questions during the meeting.
Please note: the March 13th meeting date for public input referenced in the beginning of this recording was changed to March 20th during subsequent discussion.
Community Comparison Research
- Week of February 20th or February 27th - Staff will meet with interested parties to gather feedback, answer questions and discuss issues or concerns.
- March 20th City Council meeting – (This meeting date has been changed from March 13th) The public will have the opportunity to provide comment and input.
- April 10th City Council meeting - (This meeting date has
been changed from April 3rd) City Council will discuss the findings of
the research and the information collected through public input. If
changes to the Design Guidelines or Ordinances are warranted, draft
legislation will be introduced at a future meeting.
In 2010, the City of Worthington proactively provided a framework through its Architectural Design Guidelines for sustainable features to be incorporated into the District. Successful solar projects followed with the installation of solar panels on buildings in the District, such as Evening Street Elementary School and the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center. Since this time, there have been two residential solar applications in the District. The City has a long tradition of promoting sustainability initiatives including increased bike and pedestrian connections and access, community gardening, projects to promote recycling and re-purposing, and building efficiency projects.Comments and questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or Planning and Building Director Lee Brown at 614-431-2424.