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Primary Research on Planning & Zoning for Solar Energy Systems in the state of Michigan


October 1, 2021 - Jason Derry and Emma Gilbert; and <>, JD, AICP

The purpose of this report is to provide a summary of ordinance provisions related to the regulation of solar energy systems (SES) in Michigan. It is based on research conducted by Emma Gilbert and Jason Derry, Urban and Regional Planning students at MSU, under the guidance of Wayne Beyea, AICP, faculty advisor (Urban and Regional Planning), School of Planning, Design, and Construction. The presented findings are based on the research of 159 community zoning ordinances ― 123 townships, 30 cities/villages, and 6 counties (governing a total of 61 townships). This report provides a snapshot of the current zoning conditions for solar energy systems as they stand today with regards to co-location, the development transect, district density, configurations and scales, and community-scale development.



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