CITY HALL — Residents hoping to use solar energy systems in their homes could face fewer roadblocks under a review process recommended this week by city planning commissioners.
The Planning Commission on Wednesday unanimously voted to endorse revised zoning regulations intended to ease restrictions on building a new structure or addition to support the panels.
Under the proposed regulations, new structures would be given additional height, coverage and setback allowances.
Solar applications that don't require additions already need only a permit from the Building and Safety Division.
"This is an extremely streamlined approach," said Commissioner Stephanie Landregan, a former city planner for Santa Monica.
The City Council must still sign off on the proposal.
The regulations did not earn the approval of Scott Peer, whose lengthy battle with city officials over his proposed solar system instigated the changes in the first place.