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In an upcoming public hearing, the city of Kamloops, BC, will review proposed zoning changes that would require EV charging “readiness” in new residential development beginning next year.

The proposed zoning amendment will reportedly require new residential developments to include a “pre-wired, energized electrical outlet (208V to 240V) capable of providing Level 2 electric vehicle charging for a minimum of one parking space per dwelling unit.” Notably, the proposed zoning changes would exclude visitor parking spaces and residential spaces.

Glen Cheetham, the City of Kamloops climate and sustainability manager, says that the proposed policy has been in the works since 2020 and supports the city’s planned transition to electric transportation. With most people relying on home EV charging to mitigate range anxiety and ensure convenience, increased demand for that infrastructure is anticipated. Cheetham also noted that more residents are now considering EVs, due to the rising cost of gas.

While Cheetham is optimistic about this policy change, local builders have expressed concerns about the impact this amendment may have on the cost of development, especially in combination with current supply chain issues and high costs of construction materials. According to Cheetham’s cost analysis, the new requirement would cost about $1,200 per stall for multi-family development and between $200 to $500 for single-family homes, depending on location.

Previously, the proposal required 100 per cent of stalls to be EV-ready; however, it has since been adjusted to one stall per dwelling unit. “We still feel that’s future-proofing and that still aligns with best practice,” Cheetham said.

The public hearing will be held on July 19th and, if approved, the changes will come into effect as of January 1st, 2023.

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