City of Visalia, CA

Roadmap Goals and Progress

The Sustainable Energy Roadmap team has worked in close coordination with the City of Visalia to develop a customized policy roadmap containing guidance on how to transform the local new energy economy.  Each recommended roadmap goal is supported with relevant case studies, reports, and templates to support local and regional implementation efforts.

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ShowENERGY & WATER EFFICIENCY

placeholder Doing more with less energy means cost savings, increased comfort, and a more secure electricity grid. Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective strategy for commercial building owners to reduce energy usage and associated operating expenses, while also increasing occupant comfort and employee productivity. When combined with on-site renewable energy generation, demand side management, and energy storage, commercial buildings can achieve deep reductions in grid energy usage. 
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Policy

4 of 7 Goals In Progress
2 of 7 Goals Achieved
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High Impact Objective
Local Priority

[POL1] Set an energy efficiency target for existing municipal buildings and create an energy reduction plan to achieve goal.

Currently using Energy Star Portfolio Manager that will inform progress towards a target.

Adopt an ordinance or energy action plan for municipally owned and operated buildings that establishes energy efficiency/savings goals, benchmarking procedures, and disclosure of individual facility energy and water performance. Consider requiring facility benchmarking every five years and use of industry-recognized ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software for measurement and reporting. Consider a policy to require that new facilities be built to meet Zero Net Energy building requirements.

Local Priority

[POL2] Establish energy- and water-efficient product procurement requirements for municipal agencies.

Would like to establish a Sustainable Purchasing Policy.

Ensure sustainable purchasing policy specifies energy and water efficiency as a criteria in city purchasing decisions. Policies can specify the required use of "ENERGY STAR" or "WaterSense" certified products, including appliances or fixtures, or similar product efficiency standards.

[POL3] Adopt a temperature policy for municipal buildings with programmable thermostats.

Initial status unknown.

Adopt a temperature policy that establishes standardized indoor temperature setpoints for municipal facilities that vary with the season, occupancy hours, and type of facility, and designates exclusions for select building uses. Temperature set points can draw upon precedents set by local colleges and universities, ASHRAE Standard 55 (Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy), climate zones, or comparable guidelines.

[POL4] Adopt ordinance requiring non-residential building energy benchmarking & public disclosure that is in compliance with AB 1103.

Will comply with state regulation within appropriate timeframe.

Establish a policy or ordinance that is in compliance with California's AB1103, which requires energy benchmarking and public disclosure for non-residential properties. Consider the phased implementation schedule regarding a building's square footage, as well as other factors such as frequency of reporting to governing municipality.

[POL5] Adopt a residential and/or commercial energy conservation ordinance.

City has not adopted a RECO ordinance to date.

Establish a RECO and/or CECO that requires property owners to ensure that their properties meet municipally-determined energy and water efficiency standards before they may be sold, renovated, or receive a rental license.

High Impact Objective

[POL6] Set water conservation target for municipal operations that exceeds state reduction goals.

Conducting data analysis & tracking in order to meet reduction goals for municipal facilities.

According to the City's water provider, California Water Service Co., from July through December 2015 Visalia has reduced water usage in City owned facilities by 37%. The mandate is 32%.

High Impact Objective

[POL7] Adopt a community-wide water conservation ordinance that meets/exceeds state reduction goals.

City has moved to highest level of mandatory water restrictions in its Water Conservation Ordinance.

Ordinance available here: http://www.visalia.city/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=30423

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Permitting

1 of 2 Goals In Progress
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[P1] Implement expedited permitting measures for qualifying energy efficiency upgrades.

Aware of current permitting challenges and have issued RFP for modernized online permitting portal.

System launch expected in mid-2016, with online application process, ePlan review, etc.

Implement expedited permitting measures for qualifying energy efficiency upgrades that do not require building permits. Measures include online permit applications and same-day over-the-counter approvals.

[P2] Reduce or eliminate permitting fees for high-efficiency equipment upgrades.

City does not have a reduced permitting fees to encourage energy efficiency upgrades.

Identify equipment upgrades that exceed code compliance to qualify for reduced or eliminated fees. Consider making permitting for these projects available online to increase the ease of permitting and save time for the applicant and staff.

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Planning & Zoning

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2 of 6 Goals Achieved
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[Z1] Adopt a green building code with energy efficiency standards that exceed California Title 24 requirements.

City is pursuing California Title 24 building code requirements.

Update local building code to exceed California Title 24 building code by incorporating high-efficiency requirements for new residential and/or commercial construction and renovations in the areas of: interior and exterior insulation, windows, lighting, and HVAC systems. Use ENERGY STAR specifications, the California Building Energy Code, ASHRAE, or a comparable guideline as guidance.

[Z2] Add an energy element or sustainability element to the municipal general plan.

There is an energy resources element within the city's General Plan.

City's General Plan has subsection on reducing the impact of climate change through energy resources

[Z3] Encourage use of cool roof materials and green roofs during roof upgrade projects.

City to inform and encourage the public to install cool roof materials, but no requirements.

Adopt an ordinance that requires energy-conserving cool roofs on qualifying buildings, such as new and replacement low-sloped roofs. Specify minimum initial reflectance and initial thermal emittance values.

[Z4] Implement a LED street lighting retrofit program.

Updated standards to require all new street lights to be individually metered and LED.

Light pole acquisition from SCE and retrofitting in progress, which will take 6 months.

The city is in the process of converting street lights to be operated with LEDs. More information on Visalia's progress: http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=25428 and http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=3637.

High Impact Objective
Local Priority

[Z6] Amend residential and commercial building codes to include water efficiency standards.

City participated in a Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) training to amend building codes.

LOCAL PRIORITY. City may adopt model WELO or enact local ordinance. Will organize training Q4 2015.

[Z7] Explore adoption of a graywater ordinance.

Per Community Development, Greywater systems are allowed in current Building Code.

LOCAL PRIORITY. Will increase education and outreach to builders and owners about what's possible.

Adopt a greywater/recycled water ordinance encouraging the use of greywater, where applicable, based on examples from cities demonstrating leadership such as Irvine, California and others. Consider mandating greywater compatible construction in the construction of new homes and commercial properties. Work with local utilities and organizations to provide greywater education to property owners.

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Financing

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[F1] Publicize available rebates and incentives for energy efficiency upgrades for residents and businesses.

City has two websites for energy efficiency upgrade incentives.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

[F2] Publicize available incentives and financing for energy efficiency upgrades to public agencies.

City has two websites for energy efficiency upgrade incentives.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

[F3] Ensure energy and water efficiency upgrades are eligible in local Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

Energy and water efficiency upgrade are eligible in most PACE financing programs in California.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

[F4] Explore creation of revolving loan fund for municipal energy upgrades.

Revolving loan fund for municipal energy upgrades is currently in place in place.

City established revolving loan fund for municipal energy upgrades in 2009.

[F5] Publicize existing financing programs and innovative financing models for energy efficiency projects.

City has two websites for energy efficiency upgrade incentives.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

High Impact Objective

[F6] Publicize available rebates and incentives for water efficiency upgrades and water-conserving appliances.

City has two websites for water efficiency and conservation incentives.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

[F7] Promote water and energy efficiency incentives and financial assistance resources to local industries.

City has two websites for water & energy efficiency upgrade incentives.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

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Market Development

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[M1] Provide educational materials related to energy efficiency measures and technologies to the community.

City has two informational websites for energy efficiency measures and technologies.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

[M2] Promote energy inefficient appliance trade-in programs to residents and businesses.

City has two websites for energy efficiency upgrade programs, including appliance trade-in.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

[M3] Implement an energy upgrade program for residents, including low-income households, and local businesses.

City has two websites for energy efficiency upgrade programs, including low-income residents.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

[M4] Provide educational materials related to water conservation and efficiency to residents and businesses.

City has two informational websites for water efficiency & conservation upgrade opportunities.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

[M5] Encourage agricultural industry to take advantage of water efficiency opportunities.

City publicizes agricultural pump retrofit programs on two websites for energy efficiency upgrades.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

[M6] Design and implement a behavior-based energy and/or water conservation program.

City revised its Water Conservation Ordinance on April 20, 2015.

More information here: http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=30423

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Workforce Development

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[WFD1] Publicize energy efficiency-focused workforce trainings and professional development resources to local technicians.

Southern California Edison's Tulare Energy Education Center offers workforce training to locals.

For more information: https://sce-web.ungerboeck.com/coe/coe_p1_all.aspx?oc=10&cc=COURSES2

[WFD2] Partner with local industry, academic and workforce organizations to provide energy efficiency training programs.

City has partnered with SoCal Edison's Tulare Energy Education Center to offer workforce trainings.

For more information: https://sce-web.ungerboeck.com/coe/coe_p1_all.aspx?oc=10&cc=COURSES2

[WFD3] Publicize water efficiency technical trainings and resources to area residents and professionals.

City does not publicize water efficiency trainings or resources to area residents and professionals.

City links to Cal Water trainings and resources through GoGreenVisalia.com

[WFD4] Partner with local industry, academic and workforce organizations to provide water efficiency training programs.

City participated in a Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO) training.

ShowRENEWABLE ENERGY & STORAGE

placeholder Generating clean power from renewable energy sources comes with many economic and environmental benefits. Once building energy efficiency measures have been implemented, the remaining energy consumption needs can be satisfied using a portfolio of on-site renewable energy technologies, such as solar PV, solar water heating, small wind turbines, geothermal heat pumps, and bioenergy. The economic viability of renewable energy projects will depend on external factors, such as utility rate schedules and local market conditions.
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Policy

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[POL1] Establish a renewable energy target for municipal facilities or offset a portion of municipal electricity usage with green power.

City released "Visalia Solar Strategy" in 2013.

Solar Strategy available here: http://my.solarroadmap.com/userfiles/Visalia-Solar-Strategy_-6-3-13

[POL2] Explore implementation of a community choice aggregation program.

City has not passed pursued a community choice aggregation program to date.

Establish a working group with neighboring local governments and other relevant stakeholders to evaluate the feasibility and benefits of establishing or joining an existing community choice aggregation to secure an alternative energy supply contract.

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Permitting

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[P1] Adopt standardized permitting application forms for various small-scale renewable energy and energy storage systems.

City has a standardized application and checklist for renewable energy systems.

Additional System launch expected in mid-2016, with online application process, ePlan review, etc.

[P2] Provide an overview of the permitting and inspection process for locally relevant types of renewable energy systems.

AB 2188 requires local governments to streamline solar permitting processes by September 30, 2015.

Consider expanding streamlined solar permit process to include each locally relevant type of small-scale renewable energy and/or energy storage system. For AB 2188 details and templates: http://energycenter.org/permitting/guidebook/implementation

[P3] Place a cap on permitting fees for residential renewable energy systems, or base fees on cost recovery.

Current state law prohibits local solar permit fees to exceed reasonable cost of service.

Details available in California Solar Permitting Guidebook, 2nd Edition

High Impact Objective

[P4] Implement expedited permitting measures for qualifying systems utilizing standardized application forms.

Aware of current permitting challenges and have issued RFP for modernized online permitting portal.

System launch expected in mid-2016, with online application process, ePlan review, etc.

Consider expanding expedited solar permit process to include each appropriate, locally relevant type of small-scale renewable energy and/or energy storage system. For AB 2188 details and templates: http://energycenter.org/permitting/guidebook/implementation

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Planning & Zoning

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3 of 5 Goals Achieved
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[Z1] Incorporate renewable energy goals and strategies into long-term planning documents, such as General Plans.

City has updated General Plan that reflects commitment to renewable energy in long-term planning.

For more information: http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=30479

High Impact Objective

[Z2] Encourage new construction to be built "solar ready", with pre-wiring for solar PV and easy plumbing access for solar water heating.

City has not passed a "solar ready" ordinance for solar PV or solar water heating.

Adopt a municipal ordinance which requires new residential construction to meet pre-plumbing and pre-wiring requirements for solar water heating systems and solar photovoltaic systems. Ordinance can update the building code, or expand permitting requirements to include solar-readiness.

[Z3] Update zoning code to establish and expand allowed use zones for renewable energy systems.

The Solar Rights Act prohibits unreasonable restrictions on the installation of solar-energy systems

Details available here: http://www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov/solar_basics/rights.php

[Z4] Provide clear guidance for renewable energy system installations on historic buildings.

City does not provide guidance for installing renewable energy systems on historic buildings.

Develop guidelines and special plan review processes for renewable energy installations in historic buildings that protect property owners' ability to improve their building's energy performance. Allow staff member to review and approve permit applications when possible rather than requiring a committee or planning commission review.

[Z5] Incorporate measures for electric vehicle charging stations into renewable energy planning efforts.

City obtained CA Air Resource Board Grants for EV stations and approved an agreement for to install electric vehicle charging stations on city property.

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Financing

4 of 4 Goals Achieved
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[F1] Publicize available rebates and incentives for renewable energy and energy storage technologies to residents and businesses.

City has two webpages dedicated to publicizing clean energy financing options to community.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

[F2] Publicize available incentives and financing for renewable energy and energy storage technologies to public agencies.

City has two webpages dedicated to publicizing clean energy financing options to community.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

[F3] Publicize existing financing programs and innovative financing models, such as third party financing, for renewable energy projects.

City has two webpages dedicated to publicizing clean energy financing options to community.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

[F4] Ensure that renewable energy and energy storage systems are eligible in local Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

Renewable energy and energy storage are eligible technologies in certain CA PACE financing programs.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

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Market Development

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5 of 6 Goals Achieved
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Planned

[M1] Provide renewable energy educational resources and evaluation tools to the community.

City has webpage dedicated to publicizing clean energy resources and tools to community.

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

[M2] Adopt a local sales tax exemption or property tax exemption for renewable energy systems and energy storage systems.

City has not adopted local tax exemptions for renewable energy or energy storage systems.

Explore the feasibility of enacting property tax and sales tax exemptions for renewable energy and energy storage systems that are that are sold to and installed on properties within the jurisdiction.

High Impact Objective

[M3] Support the organization of a community-based bulk purchase program for renewable energy systems.

City has explored a bulk purchase program for solar energy systems through a regional collaborative procurement effort

[M4] Assess municipal building portfolio for renewable energy project development opportunities.

City has assessed municipal building portfolio for renewable energy project opportunities.

For more information: http://my.solarroadmap.com/userfiles/Visalia-Solar-Strategy_-6-3-13.pdf

[M5] Explore public-private partnerships to install renewable energy systems at affordable housing developments.

City has partnered with nonprofit GRID Alternatives to install solar energy for affordable housing.

For more information, visit: http://www.gridalternatives.org/regions/cv/partners-and-supporters

[M6] Explore constructing a renewable energy system at a landfill or wastewater treatment facility.

City has not explored a waste-to-energy system on city property.

A 1 MW solar system is under construction at the City's Water Conservation Plant (WWTP).

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Workforce Development

2 of 3 Goals In Progress
1 of 3 Goals Achieved
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Planned

[WFD1] Publicize renewable energy trainings and professional development resources to local community of contractors & technicians.

City has not pursued local clean energy workforce development initiatives to date.

Publicize professional trainings, such as code trainings and short courses, as well as professional development resources to wider community of building contractors, electricians, plumbers, machinists, welders, and other skilled workers in traditional construction and manufacturing fields. Partner with local organizations as well as industry associations to increase the visibility of such events.

[WFD2] Partner with local colleges and neighboring cities/counties to promote renewable energy-focused educational programs.

City has not pursued local clean energy workforce development initiatives to date.

Partner with local colleges, academic, industry, utility, and workforce development organizations to support the development of certifications and specialized programs related to renewable energy technologies. Publicize renewable energy programs to the community via mailings and outreach to local high schools. Encourage colleges to host campus visit days.

[WFD3] Promote green business incentives and assistance programs to local businesses and organizations.

City supports Valley VIEW initiatives that promote green business assistance programs locally.

For more information: http://www.viewthesavings.com/

ShowTRANSPORTATION & LAND USE

placeholder Transportation is critical to the movement of people and goods, as well as providing access to services. However, the transportation sector constitutes one of the primary end-uses of energy in communities across the country. Finding creative ways to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) is proving to be a significant challenge, but also fosters an environment for new innovative solutions. By decreasing the environmental impact of their transportation systems cities can improve regional air quality and reduce their carbon footprint.
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Policy

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High Impact Objective

[POL1] Adopt a fleet purchasing policy to replace existing municipal fleet vehicles with low-emission vehicles.

City has added a variety of alternative fuel vehicles to its fleet.

For more information: http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=29599

Adopt an ordinance or energy action plan to revise municipal fleet purchasing policies with criteria and purchasing specifications that include demonstrated emissions reductions, and analyze the costs and benefits of low-emissions vehicles and their fuel sources. Convene a working group to update municipal fleet purchasing policies and guidelines to specify vehicle emission and fuel source criteria in city/county purchasing decisions.

[POL2] Adopt a commuter benefits ordinance and/or telecommuting policy for municipal employees.

City has not adopted a commuter benefits and/or telecommunity policy for municipal employees.

Evaluate feasible commuter benefits for municipal employees, such as telecommuting, flexible workweeks, and subsidies for rideshares and pubic transit. Enact an ordinance for municipal employees and promote voluntary participation amongst local businesses through highlighting the benefits of such policies and providing them with implementation resources.

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Permitting

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High Impact Objective

[P1] Adopt a standardized permitting application form for electric vehicle charging stations for individually zoned end-uses.

City has not pursued standardized permitting for residential EV charging stations to date.

Adopt a standard permit application for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at AC Levels 1 and 2 (120V and 208/240V, respectively). Application should include a plot plan, an electrical load worksheet, as well as manufacturer information for the unit.

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Planning & Zoning

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[Z1] Integrate transportation-related smart growth goals and strategies into long-term planning documents, such as General Plans.

City's general plan addresses smart growth transportation strategies, including green corridors.

For more information: http://www.visalia.city/depts/community_development/planning/gp.asp

High Impact Objective

[Z2] Update local building and zoning codes to require electric vehicle charging station prewiring in new construction and major retrofits.

Local building code doesn't require EV charging station prewiring in new construction or retrofits.

LOCAL PRIORITY

Evaluate costs and benefits with home builders and contractors to demonstrate economic feasibility of pre-wiring requirements. Adopt local ordinance amending the California Green Building Code to include specifications for electric service requirements for electric vehicle supply equipment as well as installation recommendations for various building types. Update zoning codes and parking codes to increase access to EV chargers, establish reasonable restrictions or incentives for their use in qualifying areas, and ensure that publicly available electric vehicle charging infrastructure meets federal and state accessibility provisions.

[Z3] Incorporate adequate infrastructure to provide safe and efficient pedestrian and bicycle transit opportunities.

City investment in pedestrian and bicycle transportation infrastructure is ongoing.

For more information: http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=30476

Adopt planning principles and policies of Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School programs. Designate bicycle lanes on regularly cycled roads and require bicycle storage at mass transit locations, local business areas, and on buses and trains.

[Z4] Ensure that community members, including low-income residents, have close access to public transportation.

City's general plan and Transit Advisory Committee ensure public transport access to all residents.

For more information: http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=30476

Establish and promote safe, accessible public transit hubs in residential and commercial areas. Work with local public transportation agencies, transportation planners, and community groups to determine new transit stops and routes. Publicize income-qualified reduced fare where available.

High Impact Objective

[Z5] Update zoning code to encourage transit-oriented development and urban infill.

City's general plan addresses balanced growth and enhanced connectivity.

For more information: http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=30474

Convene a land use and transportation working group to update zoning code with measures and regulations that encourage development near transit hubs and urban infill, such as removing barriers to constructing accessory dwelling units and providing density bonuses near transit hubs. Leverage available transportation expertise (through municipal shared services approach or other channels), where feasible.

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Financing

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[F1] Promote financial incentives to increase government and private purchases of electric and alternative fuel vehicles.

City doesn't promote financial incentives to increase private purchases of alternative fuel vehicles

City links to ARB’s California Vehicle Rebate Program and Drive Clean at http://www.visalia.city/depts/administration/natural_resource_conservation/alternate_transportation/default.asp

[F2] Ensure electric vehicle charging stations are eligible under local Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

EV charging stations are eligible under certain PACE financing programs in California

For more information, visit: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

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Market Development

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High Impact Objective

[M1] Encourage local retailers and employers to install electric vehicle charging stations for customers and employees.

Member of SJV Clean Cities Coalition that develops PPPs to promote alternative fuels & vehicles.

For more information: http://www.valleycleancities.com/#!

Explore the creation of an incentive program for employers to install electric vehicle charging stations for the public and their employees. Publicize the benefits of workplace charging stations via community outreach campaigns that highlight employers and business that have installed chargers. Start with the San Joaquin Valley's Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan and Optimal Siting Locations report.

[M2] Organize a regional initiative for government fleets to procure low-emitting vehicles as well as fuels and charging stations.

Member of SJV Clean Cities Coalition that develops PPPs to promote alternative fuels & vehicles.

For more information: http://www.valleycleancities.com/#!

Convene a task force of local governments and agency procurement officials across the region to evaluate the feasibility of increasing purchasing power through a formal procurement collaborative for fleet vehicles and/or equipment. Leverage available transportation expertise (through municipal shared services approach or other channels), where feasible.

[M3] Establish and publicize incentives that encourage transit-oriented development.

City's general plan addresses transit-oriented development through infill incentive program.

For more information: http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=30474

Publicize policy-based incentives and existing funding sources for transit-oriented development (TOD) projects, such as those that increase the amount of affordable housing in proximity to transit hubs. Determine feasible measures that the city or town can take to encourage TOD, such as density bonuses or property tax abatements.

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Workforce Development

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[WFD1] Publicize electric/alternative fuel vehicle training and professional development resources to local workforce.

City does not publicize alternative fuel vehicle trainings or professional development resources.

Partner with regional utilities, academic and workforce development organizations to combine existing training courses with emerging new energy storage and electric vehicle-related training. Publicize trainings and educational resources related to electric vehicles and EVSE installations through various community outreach channels.

[WFD2] Partner with local colleges and neighboring communities to promote alternative vehicle education programs or technical courses.

City has not partnered with an organization to promote alternative fuel vehicle training programs.

Inventory existing community colleges, work with local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) to align new training programs with expected growth in the clean energy fields. Work with State WIB to insert clean energy workforce goals into new State plans required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

ShowSOCIAL EQUITY

placeholder Social equity is a crucial component of sustainable development. The Sustainable Energy Roadmap aims to develop smart energy and sustainable development policies and programs at the local level that reflect the needs and priorities of target communities, reduce its businesses’ and residents’ energy prices and environmental impacts, improve the economy and generate new jobs.
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Policy

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[POL1] Encourage local employment and job creation through municipal contracting.

Chapter 8 of City's procurement procedures includes preference for local vendors and products.

For more information: http://visalia.city/depts/finance/purchasing/policy_and_procedures.asp

High Impact Objective

[POL2] Promote participatory planning and environmental justice community inclusion in the policy-making process.

City regularly performs outreach to solicit community input on significant project or policy changes

Examples of participatory planning: http://visalia.city/news/default.asp

Incorporate environmental justice community (EJC) considerations within municipal planning updates and in setting new policies by conducting outreach, hosting community forums, and potentially establishing a planning sub-committee. Establish lasting partnerships with key stakeholders that represent interests of EJCs.

[POL3] Adopt measures to protect and improve local air quality.

Chapter 7 of City's general plan addresses air quality and greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information: http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=30479

High Impact Objective

[POL4] Ensure public has access to data regarding the presence of environmental hazards as well as channels for emergency notification.

City offers website dedicated to environmental hazard alerts and resource information.

For more information: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and Visalia General Plan Appendix A

[POL5] Ensure compliance and enforcement of federal, state, and local environmental and air quality regulations.

City always strives to be in full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

For more information: http://www.arb.ca.gov/html/lawsregs.htm

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Planning & Zoning

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[Z1] Update zoning codes to provide for access to green spaces in all areas of the community.

Visalia is committed to a park system that contributes to the community's quality of life.

For more information: http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=30477

[Z2] Update zoning and permitting standards to restrict highly polluting facilities in proximity to residential areas and water resources.

City's zoning code includes policies that address air pollutants near residential areas.

For more information: http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=30479

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Financing

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High Impact Objective

[F1] Promote clean energy financing and utility assistance programs that are accessible to all community members.

City participates in Valley View Energy Watch program with accessible PACE financing programs.

For more information: http://gogreenvisalia.com/ and http://www.viewthesavings.com/

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Market Development

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[M1] Ensure all community members receive clean energy policy and program information through culturally-sensitive channels.

Spanish language information booths and presentations are provided in Spanish speaking areas of City

Consider offering Spanish language version of City website. Provide translated versions of materials on new clean energy and sustainable development programs and resources, tailored to the most common non-English languages spoken in the local area. Ensure low-income residents receive this information as well. Leverage appropriate community channels and stakeholders to disseminate this information.

[M2] Ensure all community members have access to emergency weather shelters.

Cooling centers are available as needed, with accessibility posted on City webpage.

For more information: http://www.ci.visalia.ca.us/

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Workforce Development

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[WFD1] Foster and promote local and regional green job training and placement pathways.

City has not pursued local clean energy workforce development initiatives to date.

Develop partnerships with and foster connections between area green industry, workforce training, and placement stakeholders. Promote programs and resources to disadvantaged communities in culturally and language-appropriate ways.