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ENB - Region 7 Notices 11/30/2016

Negative Declaration

Tompkins County - The Town of Ithaca Town Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Local Law Amending the Town Code, Chapter 270 Entitled "Zoning", to Revise Provisions Related to Solar Facilities will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the amendment of Town Code Chapter 270, entitled zoning, for the purpose of facilitating the development and operation of renewable energy systems based on sunlight in accordance with the Town's Comprehensive Plan. The local law establishes three size categories for ground mounted photovoltaic solar energy systems based on the solar facility footprint size (the surface area taken up by the rows of solar panels and the space between rows). The three sizes are: small (up to 2,000 square feet), medium (up to 7,000 square feet) and large (greater than 7,000 square feet, with a maximum footprint size of 10 acres). The law largely retains the current provisions for rooftop and building mounted photovoltaic solar energy systems, allowing them in all zones with no size restrictions and no requirements for site plan approval. The proposed law also adds provisions for solar-thermal energy systems. The project is located throughout the Town of Ithaca, New York.

Contact: Susan Ritter, Town of Ithaca, 215 North Tioga Street, Ithaca, NY 14850, Phone: (607) 273-1747, E-mail:

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