Electric Vehicle Charging was approved by City Council on May 17, 2024. Visit SpeakUpAustin.org/TransitLDC for a summary of the adopted changes. Click to view the adopted ordinance

What is an Electric Vehicle Charging Use?

 

The proposed Electric Vehicle Charging use plays a crucial role in Austin’s transportation infrastructure as the city transitions towards cleaner and more sustainable modes of transportation. It provides the opportunity for charging stations to be positioned in various locations throughout the city where electric vehicle owners and fleets can recharge their automobiles.

The light rail transit system expansion will be supported by providing users with transportation options to arrive at their destination from the transit stops. Strategically permitting charging stations in commercial districts will give users accessible, convenient, and efficient access to charging infrastructure while providing development regulations that limit the use from interrupting the public realm or the walkability of an area. Integrating EV charging infrastructure with public transit systems and other sustainable transportation options contributes to a more comprehensive and interconnected urban mobility network.

 

Why are we creating this use?

Creating an Electric Vehicle Charging primary use allows the City of Austin and private developers to advance a network of accessible charging stations throughout the city. The Austin Climate Equity Plan 2020-21 endorses a new goal of “equitably reaching net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2040, utilizing a steep decline path, followed by negative emissions.” To meet this ambitious target, the city has put importance on electrifying the transportation system with several goals that include:

Goal 1: By 2030, 40% of total vehicle miles traveled in Austin will be electrified, and electric vehicle ownership will be culturally, geographically, and economically diverse. This translates to approximately 460,000 electric vehicles on the road.

Strategies to meet this goal include electrifying the public and private sector fleet vehicles. The proposed Electric Vehicle Charging use will give these types of businesses the opportunity to charge fleet vehicles within the city as a primary use.

Goal 2: By 2030, Austin will have a compelling and equitably distributed mix of level 1, 2, and DC fast charging infrastructure to accommodate 40% of the city's total vehicle miles traveled. This translates to 226 megawatts of electrical load and could mean more than 37,000 charging ports.

A strategy to meet this goal includes creating a network with more accessible charging stations by incentivizing the installation of public and private electric vehicle charging infrastructure by the City, businesses, auto manufacturers, and third-party charging companies to create a compelling (convenient, reliable, and low-cost) network accessible to all. Creating a primary Electric Vehicle Charging use allows for more flexibility around where the charging stations can be located for public and private purposes.

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Public Hearing Information and Timeline

Public hearings are an opportunity to have your voice heard on proposed changes to the Land Development Code.

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Joint City Council and Planning Commission Public Hearing

When: Thursday, April 11 at 9 a.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Video: Watch a Recording of the Joint Meeting

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Open House #1 (In-Person)

When: Wednesday, April 17 from 6-8 p.m.

Where: Central Library, 710 Cesar Chavez Street

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Open House #2 (Virtual)

When: Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-noon

Video: Watch a Recording of the Virtual Open House

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Joint Housing and Planning Committee and Mobility Committee Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 23 at 1 p.m. 

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Video: Watch a Recording of the Joint Housing and Planning and Mobility Committees

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Planning Commission Meeting

When: Tuesday, April 23 at 4 p.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Video: Watch a Recording of the Planning Commission Meeting

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City Council Work Session

When: Tuesday, April 30 at 9 a.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Video: Watch a Recording of the Work Session

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Open House #3 (In-Person)

When: Monday, May 6 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Where: Anderson High School8403 Mesa Dr., 78759

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Open House #4 (In-Person)

When: Wednesday, May 8 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. 

Where: George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St., 78702 

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City Council Work Session

When: Tuesday, May 14 at 9 a.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Video: Watch a Recording of the Work Session

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City Council Meeting

When: Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m.

Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Video: Watch a Recording of the City Council Meeting


Contact Information

Email: LDCupdates@austintexas.gov 

Call: 512-974-7220