Broomfield Council moves forward with electric vehicle charging ordinance


The Broomfield City Council is unanimously in favor of moving forward with a potential ordinance that will amend the Broomfield Municipal Code regarding requirements for electric vehicle infrastructure and parking requirements.

Ordinance 2186, if approved at the second reading, will establish requirements related to EV parking infrastructure, define the types of infrastructure that may be needed to provide the electricity, and codify the number of spaces that are required for residential and non-residential uses. The Council discussed the issue Tuesday.

The ordinance provides definitions of charging types and infrastructure mentioned in the memo, including EV capable, meaning the electrical panel capacity and conduit needed to accommodate future installation of a level 2 charger is in place. EV ready is the electrical panel for a level 2 charger, the conduit, wiring and an outlet or junction box, but not the actual charging equipment; and EV installed, where all the conduit plus the equipment is already installed.

If accepted, the ordinance would go into effect Oct. 1 for any new developments but will not apply to developed property or redevelopment projects if it is not subject to a site development plan or urban renewal site plan.

“Most of the feedback we’ve received for this was that the market should drive it, and the market is driving it,” City and County Manager Jennifer Hoffman said.

The memo states that the ordinance is “consistent with and promotes the following policies outlined in Broomfield’s 2016 Comprehensive Plan and 2016 Transportation Plan.”

“The City Council has established policies and goals related to sustainability and have indicated an interest in implementing electric vehicle parking requirements into the Broomfield Municipal Code to require new developments to provide this infrastructure,” the memo states. “As identified in the draft Broomfield Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan, Broomfield has the opportunity to lower carbon emissions and ozone by increasing EV adoption and infrastructure. There is a need for a far more comprehensive and interconnected system of charging infrastructure in order to achieve greater EV market penetration.”

Council members offered suggestions to city staff to consider some amendments to the ordinance before it comes back for second reading, such as looking into level 3 chargers, which charge at a much faster and efficient rate than level 2 chargers. Currently, all of the language in the ordinance relates only to level 2 chargers.

Some in the Broomfield community are worried the ordinance could affect Broomfield’s affordable housing goals and make the city and county less affordable for families.

“What is disturbing is that they do not consider this as an impact on ‘affordable housing.’ Instead of working to make housing in Broomfield more affordable, this ordinance will increase costs on builders, put undue requirements on new development, and make future development and housing even less attainable than it already is,” an email from Broomfield Taxpayer Matters reads.

Mayor Guyleen Castriotta wrapped up the discussion, saying the ordinance should not scare the Broomfield community.

“Make sure you’re reading all the information; it’s not a big scary mandate,” Castriotta said. “It’s moving into a new direction and making these places capable of having charging stations, not mandating them everywhere.”

The vote at Tuesday night’s council meeting moved the proposed ordinance forward for a second reading and public hearing set for Aug. 9. More information is available at Broomfield Voice, where residents can also provide feedback.

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