Integrate green building and EV charging best practices information and assistance into the building permit process.
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Buildings and Lighting
Provide incentives for energy, water and sustainability improvements in existing residential, not-for-profit and commercial buildings/building sites.
Implement an energy rating/disclosure policy for residential and/or commercial buildings.
Customize a model sustainable building renovation policy that includes the SB 2030 energy standard and adopt the language to govern private renovation projects that:
Construct new buildings to meet or qualify under a green building framework.
Adopt a sustainable building policy for private buildings; include the SB 2030 energy standard; adopt language governing new development projects that:
Provide a financial or other incentive to private parties who build new buildings that utilize the SB 2030 energy standard and/or a green building framework.
Build public support and legal validity to long-term infrastructural and regulatory strategy.
Adopt climate mitigation and/or energy independence goals and objectives in the comprehensive plan or in a separate policy document, and include transportation recommendations such as becoming an EV-ready city.
Develop efficient land patterns that generate community health and wealth.
Modify a planned unit development (PUD) ordinance to emphasize or require mixed-use development or affordable housing, to limit residential PUDs to areas adjacent to commercial development, and/or to add sustainability features.
Adopt commercial development and design standards for auto-oriented development corridors and clusters.
Establish design goals for at least one highway/auto-oriented corridor/cluster.
Adopt development policies for large-format developments, zoning for auto-oriented commercial districts at the sub-urban edge and/or in tightly defined and smaller urban development corridors/nodes that have some bike/walk/transit access.
Create a network of green complete streets that improves city quality of life, public health, and adds value to surrounding properties.
Adopt a complete streets policy, or a living streets policy, which addresses landscaping and stormwater.
Modify a street in compliance with the city's complete streets policy.
Implement a city fleet investment, operations and maintenance plan.
Right-size/down-size the city fleet with the most fuel-efficient vehicles that are of an optimal size and capacity for their intended functions.
Phase-in operational changes, equipment changes including electric vehicles, and no-idling practices for city or local transit fleets.
Implement Travel Demand Management and Transit-Oriented Design in service of a more walkable city.
Reduce or eliminate parking minimums; add parking maximums; develop district parking; install meters and charge for parking at curb and city-owned lots/ramps.
Increase active lifestyles and property values by enhancing the city's green infrastructure.
Document that the operation and maintenance, or construction / remodeling, of at least one park building used an asset management tool, the SB 2030 energy standard, or a green building framework.
Prevent generation of local air contaminants so as to improve community health.
Install, assist with and promote publicly available EV charging stations or public fueling stations for alternative fuel vehicles.
Resilient Economic and Community Development
Expand a greener, more resilient business sector.
Promote green businesses that are recognized under a local, regional or national program.