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City of Bloomington - Sustainable Development Incentives

Date Last Updated11/16/2012
Incentive TypeProduction Incentive
State/FederalIN
Incentive Administrator/Contact OfficeCity of Bloomington, IN
Incentive Initiation Date1/1/2006
Incentive Size and Funding SourceThe city of Bloomington recognizes sustainability as a key component of nurturing Bloomington's long-term environmental, economic and social integrity. The city's Unified Development Ordinance offers developers certain bonuses and allowances for buildings including features that help meet particular sustainability goals. 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 and 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.
Eligible RecipientThe City of Bloomington provides these benefits to developers, not individual residents. Projects should build on the city's four goals, which 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 using 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.
Eligible FuelDoes Not Specify
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required (%)Does Not Specify
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