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Report: Simple Changes to Local Land Use Code Can Promote Growth of Alternative Fuel Stations

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Simple Changes to Local Land Use Code Can Promote Growth of Alternative Fuel Stations

Zoning and Planning Best Practices Guidebook Published

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Local governments in Central Oklahoma have a new tool to encourage and support the growth of alternative fuels like compressed natural gas and electricity.

A recent report produced by the Tulsa Area Clean Cities Coalition assists local governments in identifying how zoning and development regulations can be updated to better accommodate alternative fuel vehicles. The report also shares some best practices from municipalities around the country.

“Local governments can play an important positive role by providing an up-to-date and predictable regulatory framework for alternative fuel station developers,” said Eric Pollard, Coordinator of the Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coalition. “Often, it’s as simple as permitting the infrastructure as an allowed accessory use or allowing infrastructure in different zoning districts.”

Some other suggestions from the report include:

  • Treating CNG stations similarly to gasoline and diesel stations while also relying on national fire & building codes for technical details and safety practices specific to the different fuels
  • Allowing EV charger-equipped parking spaces to be counted towards satisfying minimum parking requirements, or counting them as more than one space
  • Making consumer-oriented gaseous fueling appliances an allowed accessory use and allowing for ‘rough-in’ wiring for residential EV charging

The findings of the report were presented to the Central Oklahoma Clean Cities Coalition at their bi-monthly meeting last week. 

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