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City of Bloomington - Sustainable Development Incentives

Eligibility 
Construction
Savings Category 
Solar Water Heat
Solar Photovoltaics
Wind (All)
Geothermal Heat Pumps
Combined Heat & Power
Roofs
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Yes; specific technologies not identified
Wind (Small)
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Program Info
Sector Name 
Local
Administrator 
Department of Economic and Sustainable Development
State 
Indiana
Program Type 
Green Building Incentive
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. Features that meet the energy and resource efficiency goal include green roofs, improved building performance rating, the use of non-polluting and/or renewable on-site energy sources, recycling and/or salvaging at least 50 percent of non-hazardous construction and demolition debris, or utilizing building materials and products sourced within a 500 mile radius.
  • Landscape and site design. Qualifying designs include the use of at least 25% permeable pavement, utilization of natural vegetation and other techniques to convey and filter storm water, employ systems to recycle at least 50% of greywater and storm water, retention of 90% of area tree canopy, and/or conservation of land with a slope of 12% or greater.
  • Public policy. Public policy commitments include incorporating mixed use development, providing 100% of the required long term bicycle parking spaces, decreasing automobile parking while increasing bicycle parking, and providing subsidized Bloomington Transit passes or a private van or shuttle.
  • Public transportation. Qualifying projects are located near a transit stop, activity center, downtown, public school or park, or multi-use trail.

Incentives are based on a three-tiered system, with bonuses according to the number of sustainable practices included in the projects:

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

All three levels are eligible for 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%.