On January 19, 2021, the City Council approved a new requirement for Electric Vehicle (EV) Parking Infrastructure to add to Chapter 55, the Unified Development Code (PDF) . The regulations include:
- Requiring new Site Plans for City Council to provide EV parking infrastructure
- The requirements include three types of infrastructure: EV Installed, EV Ready, EV Capable
- The Code Amendments are in response to the City's Carbon Neutrality Goals
- The Amendments will gradually result in a significant increase in EV charging spaces being created throughout the city over time.
A developer that is now proposing a project that requires a Site Plan for City Council (typically new projects or major expansions) will be required to provide a number of EV charging stations on the site. The developer will also be required to install infrastructure that can accommodate future expansions of EV charging stations.
The City's Climate Action Plan recommended that the City begin requiring EV charging stations with new development. City Council has also created a Carbon Neutrality Goal by the year 2030.
The intent of the proposed amendments is to encourage the use of electric vehicles which generate lower carbon emissions than gasoline powered automobiles.
Many other American cities have adopted requirements for EV charging stations.
These new requirements have been added to the section on required parking in the Unified Development Code.
Readiness Draft Ordinance (PDF)
Readiness Draft Parking Table (PDF)
Report for July 7, 2020 Planning Commission Meeting (PDF)