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File #: 2020-7629   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 2/18/2020
Title: Introduction of Ordinance Amending the Alameda Municipal Code by Adding Section 5-31 to Establish Procedures for Expediting Permit Processing for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. (Planning, Building and Transportation 481003)
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - AB 1236 (Government Code Section 65850.7), 2. Exhibit 2 - Permit Application, 3. Ordinance
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Introduction of Ordinance Amending the Alameda Municipal Code by Adding Section 5-31 to Establish Procedures for Expediting Permit Processing for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. (Planning, Building and Transportation 481003)
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To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The State of California (State) and the City of Alameda (City) have consistently promoted and encouraged the use of fuel-efficient electric vehicles. The State adopted Assembly Bill 1236, which requires local agencies to adopt an ordinance that creates an expedited and streamlined permitting process for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Furthermore, East Bay Community Energy is leading an effort with the California Energy Commission's California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) team to develop a major EV charging infrastructure incentive program for Alameda County. An important aspect of all new CALeVIP projects is that stakeholders only have access to funding if the project is located in an AB 1236 compliant city.

BACKGROUND

On January 1, 2016 Assembly Bill (AB) 1236 went into effect, requiring every city and county in California to adopt an ordinance that creates an expedited and streamlined permitting process for EV charging stations. It also requires the creation of an EV charging checklist consistent with the Legislature's goals and intent of AB 1236 (Exhibit 1). The goal is to create an expedited, streamlined permitting process for EV charging stations to facilitate convenient charging of electric vehicles and help reduce the City's reliance on environmentally damaging fossil fuels. The law was developed because the availability of EV charging stations is a key barrier to deploying EVs.

Furthermore, East Bay Community Energy is leading an effort with the California Energy Commission's (CEC) CALeVIP team to develop a major EV charging infrastructure incentive program for Alameda County. If approved, the CEC's invest...

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