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FCDCC adopts resolution calling for simplification of solar permitting

At its July 3 General Meeting, the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee adopted the following resolution calling for simplification of solar permitting:

5. Simplification of Solar Permitting

From Chip Ashley: It has come to my attention that both the City of Fresno and the County of Fresno need to simplify the solar permitting process.  Therefore I am going to include in the July 3 FCDCC meeting package the attached resolution (and appendices), calling for letters to be sent to both entities.

Resolution to send letters recommending simplification of residential and small commercial solar permitting to the City of Fresno and Fresno County

Whereas solar energy benefits all residents of Fresno County by reducing harmful emissions and delivering reliable peak electricity when our grid needs it most; solar energy generates more jobs per Megawatt (MW) than any other energy technology; and simplifying solar permitting in our county will develop the rooftop solar local market, bringing with it substantial economic opportunity; and

Whereas streamlining the permitting process will benefit city and county staff by reducing the amount of time spent answering questions and reviewing each application (as solar grows in popularity, the permitting process runs the risk of overwhelming staff if the permitting process is not made more efficient); and

Whereas such improvements can be done without compromising the safety and quality of the solar installations in Fresno County;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee will send letters recommending simplification of residential and small commercial solar permitting to the City of Fresno and Fresno County and follow up by requesting at public meetings of these bodies votes to direct the simplification of solar permitting in both jurisdictions.

The letter:

Fresno County Democratic Party

July 3, 2013

 

Fresno County Board of Supervisors

2281 Tulare Street, #301, Hall of Records

Honorable Board Member:

I am writing on behalf of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee, which voted at its last meeting, July 3, 2013, to request that you consider improving solar permitting practices in Fresno County. The good news is that according to Project Permit, a project of the Vote Solar Initiative, Fresno County’s solar permitting process is already rated good. However, Fresno County falls below best practices (visit www.projectpermit.org). The Fresno County Democratic Party therefore requests the Fresno County Board of Supervisors to pass a motion to improve and streamline solar permitting.

According to Project Permit Fresno County’s Solar Permitting Report Card (attached), Fresno County falls below best practices in three areas: (1) not posting requirements online, (2) not allowing online processing of permits, and (3) charging unreasonable permitting fees.

Solar energy benefits all residents of Fresno County by reducing harmful emissions and delivering reliable peak electricity when our grid needs it most. The permitting process in our city should be streamlined in recognition of the public benefits solar energy provides our community. Solar energy generates more jobs per Megawatt (MW) than any other energy technology. By making solar permitting simpler in our county, you will help the rooftop solar local market develop, bringing with it substantial economic development opportunity.

Streamlining the permitting process can also benefit the Fresno County staff by reducing the amount of time that must be spent answering questions and reviewing each application. As solar grows in popularity the permitting process runs the risk of overwhelming staff if the permitting process is not made more efficient. The improvements called for by Project Permit can be done without compromising the safety and quality of the solar installations in Fresno County.

A sample administrative order that includes language to ensure that Fresno County adopts Project Permit’s nine best practices in solar permitting is attached to this letter. I look forward to working with your office to ensure that this administrative order moves forward.

Sincerely,

Chip Ashley
Secretary
Fresno County Democratic Party

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03 Jul
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FCDCC adopts resolution calling for a medical training facillity in downtown Fresno

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee adopted the following resolution at its General Meeting July 3, 2013.

Resolution Supporting Building a Medical Training Facility in Downtown Fresno

Whereas the Fresno area needs a medical training facility to supply health care professionals to work in Fresno’s many healthcare facilities, the largest of which is Downtown Fresno’s Community Regional Medical Center, which can provide a location for the training center’s students to intern;

Whereas Fresno recently adopted a general plan update based on smart growth and opposed to sprawl development outside Fresno’s existing sphere of influence because sprawl contributes to air pollution and climate change, and lack of adequate public transit makes access to an exurban campus impossible for many potential students and faculty who do not possess or cannot drive automobiles;

Whereas Downtown Fresno needs development for the purpose of revitalization and a vibrant economy that creates permanent and well-paying jobs within the traditionally underserved, low income areas of the City’s urban core and neglected neighborhoods;

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the FCDCC supports building a medical training campus in Downtown Fresno but opposes building such a facility outside the city’s sphere of influence because an exurban facility does not meet the requirements of smart growth, the foundational principle of Fresno’s General Plan, or the needs of many potential students and faculty because of the lack of adequate public transit.

 

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