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PUD Standards and regulations: The proof is in the PUDding for Bradley Countians

In Uncategorized on January 6, 2012 at 5:51 AM

Corey Divel and company have suggested we implement PUD-Planned Unit Development Standards in Bradley County! I suggest we not do this! This is a very far reaching plan to further restrict your property rights and further regulate you into conformity of the big Green Monsters that enforce the many standards and regulations you will see below!

It was presented in an article recently as just a way to help us out, no big deal, just another program that Bradley County needs to bring us into the 21st Century! Hogwash! It is to make your life, your existence and way of life as restricted and regulated as can be!

Take a look at some of the construction, building codes and electrical regulations that will be placed on you! I have provided the links to a couple of other counties that have had this done to them!

We are quite successful doing our own thing in Bradley County. Why do we need this junk in our lives just to ultimately cost us more money and once again take a little more of our freedom away!

HomeConservationMulti-FamilyRequirements
Requirements for Each Measure

Attic Insulation

Existing attic insulation level must be R19 or less to be eligible. Final insulation level must be at least R38. In-progress and final inspections are required.

Wall Insulation

Existing wall insulation level must be R0 to be eligible. A minimum of R11 must be added. An in-progress inspection is required.

Floor Insulation

Existing insulation must be R11 or less to be eligible. Final insulation level is the maximum R-value the joist cavity can accommodate but not less than R19. A final inspection is required.

Windows and Sliding Glass Doors (SGD)

Existing single-pane windows with any type of frame and double-pane windows with metal frames are eligible. Existing windows and sliding glass doors (SGD) must be replaced with new units having a U-rating <= .30, SGD .31. A final inspection is required.

Electronic Thermostats

Electronic line voltage thermostats are eligible. All thermostats in unit must be replaced. Inspection may be required. Invoices or purchase receipts are required.

CFL Lighting Fixtures

ENERGY STAR rated light fixtures are eligible for the incentive. Please refer to the Energy Star website at http://www.energystar.gov for qualifying light fixtures. Receipts are required and inspections are optional.

Duct Insulation and Sealing

If interested in duct insulation and sealing, contact the PUD for eligibility requirements.

Heat Pumps

If interested in heating system upgrades, contact the PUD for eligibility requirements.

Installation and Inspection Requirements

All measures must be installed according to the most current version of Snohomish County PUD’s Installation Standards.

All material and/or equipment that is all or any part of a measure must meet or exceed all jurisdictional code, standards, minimums, maximums and requirements as stated in the appropriate PUD specifications.

On-site inspections are required for some measures (see chart). It is the responsibility of the installer to notify the PUD when the project is ready for an inspection. Once all specification requirements are met, incentives are paid to the installer except for self-installed measures.

More regulation requirements:Electrical
http://www.snopud.com/Site/Content/Documents/esr/FacilityConnectionReq.pdf

Oh yeah! Those new electrical meters with the finance plan, what?
http://www.snopud.com/Construction/newmeters.ashx?p=1594

Don’t forget those lively smart meter water meters, you know the ones that “conserve” water!
http://www.snopud.com/home/watermain.ashx?p=1125

The required power generators! Duh, aren’t those expensive?
http://www.snopud.com/home/powerout.ashx?p=1120

Really? The green jobs via the Planet power program and all the federal grants that go with it!
http://www.snopud.com/home/green/planetpwr/ppfaq.ashx?p=1299

Electric cars, electric transit systems and little green men carrying globes on their backs!
http://www.snopud.com/home/green/planetpwr/projects09.ashx?p=1300

Solar panels,(about 200,000 dollars to solar customize your home) net metering, buy your electricity from a PUD? huh?

And those electric vehicles (EVs) with those home charging stations! What will those cost? Whew!
http://www.snopud.com/home/ev.ashx?p=1843

OMG! Look at these land use regulations in another state! No fencing, no spacing between buildings, the types of vegetation in your yard! Total control of your property!
http://cityof.radcliff.org/zoning_ord/ZO22.pdf

Farmers, farming? Replacing those farms with subdivisions? Say it ain’t so!
http://www.ci.enumclaw.wa.us/vertical/Sites/%7BC3A65262-3453-4AAA-814D-612424C36C79%7D/uploads/%7BD2026F05-B3DB-49C4-B407-775153D89522%7D.PDF

Regional planners considering PUD standards for the county
by DAVID DAVIS, Managing Editor 22 hrs ago | 206 views | 0  | 2  |  | 
Bradley County Regional Planning commissioners discussed the possibility of establishing Planned Unit Development standards in the county.

The purpose of a PUD is to provide flexible land use and design regulations and mixed uses and structures while the County Commission would retain absolute authority.

Planner Corey Divel said the only reason for establishing a PUD district would be for allowing for more flexibility, but he expressed reservation that a PUD could possibly be used to circumvent setback requirements.

The city has approved eight PUD developments, including Home Depot, Cleveland Towne Center and Spring Creek.

Planning Commission Chair Tony Young said the most likely places for a PUD in the county is along the Mouse Creek Corridor where sewer is available, which would make it subject to annexation by the city.

“Whatever is done is going to be very limited,” he said.

Based on the possibility of annexation, commissioners said they should base their standards on the city of Cleveland.

A subdivision that has been around since 2002 might finally be developed after going through plat revisions, bankruptcy and ownership changes.

Planning commissioners granted preliminary approval for Frontage Village on Elijah Way as a townhome subdivision owned by Ted Moss.

The 4.43-acre subdivision was first granted preliminary plat approval as Vista Village in April 2002. The 16-lot subdivision off Frontage Road again received preliminary plat approval in June 2004, subject to staff recommendations of a change in the road name. In February 2005, Bradley County commissioners approved changing the name from Vista Village Drive to Elijah Way. A month later, the subdivision was rezoned from Farm Agriculture Residential to R-2, low density single and multi-family residential.

The subdivision returned to the Planning Commission again in 2009 as a townhome subdivision with 28 units.

Commissioners also gave preliminary and final approval for Hidden Springs subdivision on Old Lower River Road located west of Interstate 75. The 4.77 acre subdivision, owned by Mitch Maloney, is laid out in seven lots for single family residences. The property is zoned FAR.

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