On Wednesday, the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee reported Assembly Committee Substitute for A-2108 & A-5032 out of committee. The League opposes. The legislation would establish numerical requirements and zoning standards for the installation of electric vehicle (EV) supply equipment and make-ready spaces.
Specifically, the bill would make an application for development submitted solely for the installation of electric vehicle supply equipment or make-ready spaces a permitted accessory use and permitted accessory structure in all zoning or use districts of a municipality. The bill would also require the Department of Community Affairs to adopt a “model ordinance” regarding EV charging structures using a process outside of the traditional rulemaking process, thereby removing any requirement for public input or comment. This model ordinance would become effective in all municipalities.
While the League is cognizant of the benefits promised by the electrification of the transportation system and the need for the requisite infrastructure to realize these benefits, we do not believe that this legislation provides an appropriately balanced means of achieving these ends.
Contact: Lori Buckelew, Assistant Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481, x112.