A few years ago,
a doctor in Valdosta applied for a variance
for solar panels over his parking lot.
The Zoning Board of Approvals (ZBOA) tabled it,
because Valdosta’s Land Development Regulations (LDR)
did not permit that.
I think he then made the panels connected to his building,
which put them a different and already-permitted category.
What if Valdosta and other local governments updated their codes
to enable parking lot and other solar power?
4-6PM Monday, March 12, 2018
National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Library (NESPAL)
2356 Rainwater Road, Tifton, GA 31793
“The Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University, and University of Georgia have come together to develop a model solar zoning ordinance to provide county and city officials and other decision-makers in Georgia access to best practices and a common baseline from which to work. We will produce a comprehensive document that addresses multiple scales and types of solar energy systems that counties and cities can adopt and adapt to their needs.”
A cold, wet winter has left northern parts of the state in decent shape,
but in southern Georgia river flows and soil moisture are both at some
of the lowest points that would be expected in a century, said David
Stooksbury, Georgia’s state climatologist at the University of Georgia.
The nearterm effects:
“We have a good fuel load with plenty of dry vegetation, the soil is
dry and there’s a low relative humidity and there’s wind,” Stooksbury
said. “That is the simple recipe for a trash fire to get out of control
very quickly and become a wildfire.”
Yes, Sunday Georgia Forestry cut off burn permits in Lowndes County because
some fires had gotten out of control.
Shelenhamer, 20, is one of a number of students across the USA taking advantage of free or low-cost bike sharing programs, which have become increasingly popular. Drury students agreed to pay a $20-a-year sustainability fee, which funds the bike program. The Springfield, Mo., school purchased 40 new bikes for use by students in time for the fall semester.
“It’s helped me so much,” Shelenhamer said. “It’s been fun.”
That was at Drury University.
Similar programs are available elsewhere.
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