Or, can community planners be an effective voice on influencing local energy policy?
- Depending on how your state zoning law may be structured, you might need to provide a professional opinion regarding a wind farm proposal.
- Energy sprawl might already be occurring in your rural communities and might not even know it. Does planting switchgrass for fuel crops count as an industrial use, or is it in fact agriculture?
- How should solar energy generation be permitted in your community? Does it make sense to allow massive solar array farms, effectively removing all vegetation from the site underneath the arrays?
- A utility company may want to build a new coal generation facility. Local zoning rules may have an impact on what can or cannot be built at the site. Or you may be challenged to update a Master Plan that may or may not incorporate the utility’s future plans.
- How do you manage public input during a public hearing on a controversial alternative energy proposal, with vehement Tea-Baggers disavowing the project because of Federal tax incentives and Tree-Huggin-Libs crowing about the need for strategies to reduce carbon emissions, and not to mention the garden variety NIMBYs promising a recall if the project is approved?
It’s a snowy cold day today. My thoughts may be all over the map, but these are questions I have been asking myself over the past year. Reading your thoughts and experiences would be interesting on this rather slow day here in the office.