In August gas stations and EV charging became a source of conversation in the British Columbia interior. Costco Gas is currently building a 24 pump gas bar in Kelowna, and to the surprise of many on Kelowna City Council, no EV charging stations were included in the plans.
Many councilors thought EV wiring was a requirement, but the council could not force Costco to construct EV infrastructure as part of their plans.
The city is now looking to change that. At a meeting on Monday council will consider a staff proposal to allow planning to add a new EV infrastructure by-law, according to a report from the Penticton Herald.
In addition to requiring EV chargers at newly built gas stations, the proposed change would also allow city regulators to mandate:
- All parking stalls in new residential complexes to have EV charging wiring
- This same stipulation would also apply to 10% of parking stalls in new industrial, institutional or commercial developments.
A city-sponsored online survey spurred on the language found in the bill. 223 respondents noted what they would like to see in terms of planning by-law changes in regards to EV infrastructure.