Oro Valley City Council Passes Ordinances to Encourage Green Development

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Real Estate Sales Representative with Long Realty Company

OV Council Passes Ordinances to Encourage Green Development
Grey Water Harvesting, Solar Heating requirements good for business

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (June 18, 2009) - The Oro Valley Town Council passed two amendments to current ordinances in an effort to further the Town's goals for resource conservation. The unanimous decisions were made during a regular meeting of the Council June 17.

Oro Valley Councilmember Salette Latas led the effort to update the ordinances. 

"Green homes sell better," Latas said. "Building green is a market advantage in tough economic times and environmentally-friendly construction continues to grow even in the current economy."

One report she cites is market data found in the new SmartMarket Report, "The Green Home Builder: Navigating for Success in a Down Economy," which covers market opportunities, key triggers and obstacles and trends in green home building practices from 2001 to 2007, including the impact of the down market on this sector. Major findings include:

  • Forty percent of builders find "building green" makes it easier to market in a down economy; 16 percent say it makes green construction much easier
  • In 2009, 21 percent of builders expect 90 percent of its projects to be green
  • Sixty percent of builders claim homebuyers are willing to pay more for green homes. This is greater than the opinion in 2006 (56 percent)

Latas said Oro Valley's changes were modeled after Tucson's recent ordinances which were adopted with support from both homebuilders and the public.

"We hope that our efforts will help direct a regional approach that will ensure uniform codes that establish environmentally sound building practices," Latas said. 

Ordinance 09-11 Residential Solar amends Chapter 6, Article 6-1-7, "Residential Code" to add "Residential Solar Ordinance," which now requires installation of solar-ready measures in residential construction. The ordinance will take effect 30 days from the approval, or July 17.

The second ordinance, 09-12 Residential Gray Water (you can find the addendum here), now requires the installation of gray water plumbing in residential construction, amending the Oro Valley Town Code, Article 6-1, and the 2006 International Residential Code. This ordinance will take effect June 1, 2010 and does not apply to building plans submitted and approved prior to June 1, 2009.

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