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LS 8.10.15 <br />ORDINANCE NO. NS -2884 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF <br />SANTA ANA AMENDING CHAPTER 8 OF THE SANTA ANA <br />MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING EXPEDITED PERMITTING <br />PROCEDURES FOR SMALL RESIDENTIAL SOLAR <br />ENERGY SYSTEMS <br />THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA DOES ORDAIN AS <br />FOLLOWS: <br />SECTION 1. The City Council of the City of Santa Ana hereby finds, determines, and <br />declares as follows: <br />A. Subsection (a) of Section 65850.5 of the California Government Code <br />provides that it is the policy of the State to promote and encourage the <br />installation and use of solar energy systems by limiting obstacles to their use <br />and by minimizing the permitting costs of such systems. <br />B. The City Council of the City of Santa Ana finds that it is in the interest of the <br />health, welfare and safety of the public to provide an expedited permitting <br />process to encourage the effective development of solar technology. <br />C. Subdivision (g)(1) of Section 65850.5 of the California Government Code <br />provides that, on or before September 30, 2015, every city, county, or city and <br />county shall adopt an ordinance, consistent with the goals and intent of <br />subdivision (a) of Section 65850.5, that creates an expedited, streamlined <br />permitting process for small residential rooftop solar energy systems. <br />SECTION 2. Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act ( "CEQA ") and the <br />State CEQA Guidelines, the adoption of this ordinance is exempt from CEQA review <br />pursuant to 14 California Code of Regulations section 15061(b)(3), which is applicable if it <br />can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the project may have a significant <br />effect on the environment. As a result, a Notice of Exemption will be filed upon adoption of <br />this ordinance. <br />SECTION 3. ARTICLE XII of Chapter 8 of the Santa Ana Municipal Code is hereby <br />amended such that it reads as follows with the addition of this new section: <br />Sec. 8 -2511 - Small Residential Rooftop Solar Energy System Review Process. <br />(a) Definitions. <br />As used herein the following terms shall mean the following: <br />1. Electronic Submittal - Shall mean the utilization of one or more of the <br />following: e-mail, internet or facsimile. <br />Ordinance No. NS -2884 <br />Page 1 of 4 <br />