In order to promote sustainable land development, the city uses the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED prerequisites as a baseline for requiring new development to provide Electric Vehicle (EV) Parking spaces. This ordinance requires new non-single family development to provide 2% of the required parking, with a minimum of one space for electric vehicle parking in commercial districts when 20 or more parking spaces are required pursuant to Land Development Regulations. In lieu of meeting this EV parking requirement, an additional fee is charged for those spaces that were required to provide EV charging stations. The fee is based on the average cost of an EV charging stations. The revenue from this fee is deposited into the Sustainability and Resiliency Fund. Learn more about Electric Vehicle Initiatives.
The recommended amendments within this ordinance are the result of numerous meetings in which the panel focused on changes needed to ensure the resiliency of new construction and properties located in the RM- 1 and RM-2 districts. The proposed code amendments address resiliency and sustainability efforts, as well as complement our ongoing public investments in sea level rise risk reduction. This ordinance will provide for more open space to allow for stormwater to be absorbed by the ground when sites are developed in RM-1 and RM-2 districts by requiring larger side setbacks in exchange for lower parking requirements. It will also encourage alternative modes of transportation.