Updating local regulations may ease EV charging rollout

To simplify EV charging station implementation, Colonie reached out to the Capital District Transportation Committee, a metropolitan planning organization in upstate New York, for help determining how it may need to change its zoning regulations…

According to a report prepared for Colonie by the Capital District Regional Planning Commission and others, there are some best practices that local governments can follow to support EV charger deployment:

Adopt zoning language that explicitly defines EV charging requirements, such as EV charging levels, and does not unnecessarily restrict its installation.

Establish building regulations that require the installation of EV chargers in new developments or require developers to pre-wire new buildings for EV chargers to reduce installation costs in the future.

Create a consistent, low-cost permitting process for residential and commercial EV charger installations.

Standardize EV parking signage throughout the community.