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City of Bloomington - Sustainable Development Incentives

Eligibility 
Commercial
Construction
Industrial
Residential
Savings Category 
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Program Info
Start Date 

2006

State 
Indiana
Program Type 
Green Building Incentive
Provider 
City of Bloomington

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%.