Electric Vehicle Parking Requirements -Proposed Ordinance

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On July 12, 2022, City Council reviewed a draft ordinance that proposes to establish a requirement for future new developments to incorporate electric vehicle (EV) charging stations within a portion of the overall parking that would be provided. To review the results of the first review (commonly referred to as the first reading) please access this link to the July 12 meeting.

On August 9, 2022, during a public hearing, City Council will review the proposed ordinance with amendments and will either approve, deny or continue the hearing to a date certain.

Applicability: The requirement to provide EV parking would be applicable to only new development and not existing residences or businesses.

Location: If adopted, the regulations will be applicable throughout the City and County of Broomfield.

Summary: Sustainability is a focal point of social, economic, and environmental health in the City and County of Broomfield. In 2020, the City Council passed Resolution 2020-169, charting the course for a more sustainable future for Broomfield and setting a goal of 26% reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions by 2025, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050. This resolution also set stringent goals for organization-wide operations at the City and County of Broomfield: 30% reduction by 2025, 60% by 2030, 90% by 2045, and 100% by 2050. One way to help meet these GHG reductions goals is to promote electric vehicle (EV) ownership.

Broomfield currently does not have codified requirements for electric vehicle infrastructure for new residential and commercial development.

Project Type: Draft ordinance regarding electric vehicle parking requirements

Project Description: The proposed ordinance outlines electric vehicle (EV) parking requirements for new development specific to new residential and non-residential uses. Some possible exclusions may include retail and similar commercial uses.

Intent: The intent of the EV parking ordinance is to define the types of infrastructure that may be needed to provide the electricity to charge electric vehicles, and to codify the number of spaces that would be required for residential and non-residential uses.

Draft Ordinance No. 2186: If adopted the EV parking spaces would be required at the following ratios:

One Family Residential (attached and detached dwellings) - New single family and duplex dwellings must include at least one EV-Ready parking space per dwelling unit. EV-Ready parking spaces have a 40A (amp), 240V dedicated branch circuit for the future installation of an EV charger.

Minimum EV Parking Spaces for One Family Dwelling, Attached or Detached,

Residential Development (including townhomes)

Min. EV-Capable

0

Min. EV-Ready

1 per dwelling unit

Min. EV-Installed

0



Definitions

Level 1 electric vehicle charger. Level 1 electric vehicle charger means charging an electric vehicle through a 120 V AC plug. Does not require installation of additional charging equipment.

Level 2 electric vehicle charger. Level 2 electric vehicle charger means charging an electric vehicle through a 240 V (for residential) or 208 V (for commercial) plug. Requires installation of additional charging equipment.

EV Capable - This term indicates that an electrical panel has adequate capacity and raceway (conduit) is in place to allow for low cost and easy installation of wiring and other EV infrastructure in the future. The rationale for this level of readiness is that it provides the hard-to-retrofit elements necessary for EV Charger deployment during new construction, while minimizing up front costs.

EV-Ready - EV ready or full circuit installation includes installation of 208/240V, 40-amp panel capacity, a raceway (conduit), wiring, receptacle, and overprotection devices similar to a dryer circuit. The rationale for EV-Ready is that these full circuits are “plug and play” ready, essentially only requiring a charging station for them to be plugged in to be fully operational. This remains less expensive than installing a charging station, but ensures that charging stations can be installed rapidly and with little expense beyond the charger station hardware.

EV Installed - This includes a full installation of a functional charging station, including the supporting infrastructure outlined in the EV-Ready definition. This supports EV charging and reduces future EV charger installation costs to $0.0.


Consistency with the 2016 Comprehensive Plan and 2016 Transportation Plan:

Policy ES-A.3: Establish and use standards, policies, and practices that encourage and support air quality and comply with state and federal regulations.

Policy TS-G.3: Promote and support vehicle charging and fueling stations

Project Status: The City Council reviewed the first reading of the proposed ordinance on July 12, 2022; they provided comments and requested amendments. A second and final reading is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9, 2022, during a public hearing, when council will take final action on the proposed ordinance and any applicable amendments to the ordinance language.


On July 12, 2022, City Council reviewed a draft ordinance that proposes to establish a requirement for future new developments to incorporate electric vehicle (EV) charging stations within a portion of the overall parking that would be provided. To review the results of the first review (commonly referred to as the first reading) please access this link to the July 12 meeting.

On August 9, 2022, during a public hearing, City Council will review the proposed ordinance with amendments and will either approve, deny or continue the hearing to a date certain.

Applicability: The requirement to provide EV parking would be applicable to only new development and not existing residences or businesses.

Location: If adopted, the regulations will be applicable throughout the City and County of Broomfield.

Summary: Sustainability is a focal point of social, economic, and environmental health in the City and County of Broomfield. In 2020, the City Council passed Resolution 2020-169, charting the course for a more sustainable future for Broomfield and setting a goal of 26% reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions by 2025, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050. This resolution also set stringent goals for organization-wide operations at the City and County of Broomfield: 30% reduction by 2025, 60% by 2030, 90% by 2045, and 100% by 2050. One way to help meet these GHG reductions goals is to promote electric vehicle (EV) ownership.

Broomfield currently does not have codified requirements for electric vehicle infrastructure for new residential and commercial development.

Project Type: Draft ordinance regarding electric vehicle parking requirements

Project Description: The proposed ordinance outlines electric vehicle (EV) parking requirements for new development specific to new residential and non-residential uses. Some possible exclusions may include retail and similar commercial uses.

Intent: The intent of the EV parking ordinance is to define the types of infrastructure that may be needed to provide the electricity to charge electric vehicles, and to codify the number of spaces that would be required for residential and non-residential uses.

Draft Ordinance No. 2186: If adopted the EV parking spaces would be required at the following ratios:

One Family Residential (attached and detached dwellings) - New single family and duplex dwellings must include at least one EV-Ready parking space per dwelling unit. EV-Ready parking spaces have a 40A (amp), 240V dedicated branch circuit for the future installation of an EV charger.

Minimum EV Parking Spaces for One Family Dwelling, Attached or Detached,

Residential Development (including townhomes)

Min. EV-Capable

0

Min. EV-Ready

1 per dwelling unit

Min. EV-Installed

0



Definitions

Level 1 electric vehicle charger. Level 1 electric vehicle charger means charging an electric vehicle through a 120 V AC plug. Does not require installation of additional charging equipment.

Level 2 electric vehicle charger. Level 2 electric vehicle charger means charging an electric vehicle through a 240 V (for residential) or 208 V (for commercial) plug. Requires installation of additional charging equipment.

EV Capable - This term indicates that an electrical panel has adequate capacity and raceway (conduit) is in place to allow for low cost and easy installation of wiring and other EV infrastructure in the future. The rationale for this level of readiness is that it provides the hard-to-retrofit elements necessary for EV Charger deployment during new construction, while minimizing up front costs.

EV-Ready - EV ready or full circuit installation includes installation of 208/240V, 40-amp panel capacity, a raceway (conduit), wiring, receptacle, and overprotection devices similar to a dryer circuit. The rationale for EV-Ready is that these full circuits are “plug and play” ready, essentially only requiring a charging station for them to be plugged in to be fully operational. This remains less expensive than installing a charging station, but ensures that charging stations can be installed rapidly and with little expense beyond the charger station hardware.

EV Installed - This includes a full installation of a functional charging station, including the supporting infrastructure outlined in the EV-Ready definition. This supports EV charging and reduces future EV charger installation costs to $0.0.


Consistency with the 2016 Comprehensive Plan and 2016 Transportation Plan:

Policy ES-A.3: Establish and use standards, policies, and practices that encourage and support air quality and comply with state and federal regulations.

Policy TS-G.3: Promote and support vehicle charging and fueling stations

Project Status: The City Council reviewed the first reading of the proposed ordinance on July 12, 2022; they provided comments and requested amendments. A second and final reading is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9, 2022, during a public hearing, when council will take final action on the proposed ordinance and any applicable amendments to the ordinance language.


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    Thank you for your interest in the proposed Ordinance No. 2186 regarding EV parking requirements that would be applicable throughout the City and County of Broomfield for any new residential or commercial developments. 

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