City of Bloomington - Sustainable Development Incentives (Indiana)

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Summary

Last modified on January 5, 2015.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Indiana

Name City of Bloomington - Sustainable Development Incentives
Incentive Type Green Building Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Construction
Eligible Technologies Roofs, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Geothermal Heat Pumps, CHP/Cogeneration, Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels, Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs, Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs








Start Date 2006


















Program Administrator Department of Economic and Sustainable Development
Website http://bloomington.in.gov/documents/viewDocument.php?document_id=2194
Date added to DSIRE 2011-10-11
Last DSIRE Review 2014-10-30



References DSIRE[1]


Summary

The City of Bloomington offers fee waivers and other design incentives for developers that incorporate the city's sustainability goals. The city's four goals include:


  • Energy and resource efficiency including green roofs, improved building performance rating, non-polluting energy resources, renewable on-site energy sources, recycling and/or salvaging at least 50% of non-hazardous construction and demolition debris, and utilizing building materials and products sourced within a 500 mile radius.
  • Landscape and site design including vegetation, storm water, recycled greywater, and permeable pavement technologies.
  • Public policy including policies that incorporate mixed-use development and promote alternative transportation.
  • Public transportation including locating projects near transit stops, downtown, multi-use trails, public schools, parks, or activity centers.

Incentives are based on a tier system with three different levels:


  • Level 1 Requirements: At least 2 energy and resource efficiency projects, 1 landscape and site design project, 1 public policy project, and 1 public transportation project.
  • Level 2 Requirements: At least 3 energy and resource efficiency projects, 2 landscape and site design projects, 2 public policy projects, and 2 public transportation projects.
  • Level 3 Requirements: At least 4 energy and resource efficiency projects, 2 landscape and site design projects, 2 public policy projects, 2 public transportation projects. In addition, at least 15% of housing must be allocated for affordable housing units.

All 3 levels are eligible for fee waivers of filing fees with the plan commission and/or board of zoning appeals, fees associated with right-of-way excavation permits, and sewer hook-on fees. In addition, projects may be subject to less strict development standards.


  • Level 1 Residential Incentives: Side building setbacks decreased to 6 feet and rear building setbacks decreased to 20 feet.
  • Level 1 Nonresidential Incentives: Side building setbacks decreased by 25%, rear building setbacks decreased by 25%, and maximum residential density increased by 25%.
  • Level 2 Residential Incentives: Side building setbacks decreased to 5 feet and rear building setbacks decreased to 15 feet.
  • Level 2 Nonresidential Incentives: Side building setbacks decreased by 50%, rear building setbacks decreased by 50%, and maximum residential density increased by 50%.
  • Level 3 Residential Incentives: Side building setbacks decreased to 5 feet and rear building setbacks decreased to 15 feet.
  • Level 3 Nonresidential Incentives: Side building setbacks decreased by 50%, rear building setbacks decreased by 50%, and maximum residential density increased by 75%.


Incentive Contact

Contact Name General Contact
Department City of Bloomington
Division Department of Economic and Sustainable Development
Address 401 North Morton Street
Address 2 Suite 130
Place Bloomington, Indiana
Zip/Postal Code 47404
Phone (812) 349-3418


Email economicvitality@bloomington.in.gov

     
     

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Bloomington Unified Development Ordinance 20.05.049

Date Enacted 2006



















  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency"