Encinitas Planning Commission to decide fate of EV charging station

Encinitas Planning Commission to decide fate of EV charging station
The Encinitas Planning Commission will consider whether to approve a proposed electric vehicle charging station adjacent to City Hall at its Sept. 1 meeting. Courtesy photo

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas Planning Commission will consider whether to approve a proposed electric vehicle charging station adjacent to City Hall at its Sept. 1 meeting.

Encinitas-based Corridor Power Inc. first proposed the so-called “gas station” for electric vehicles three years ago, but the project has languished in the planning department.

The department is recommending the commission determine that the use would be prohibited under city code.

The proposal consists of shade canopies, 10 EV charging towers, and a 480-square foot driver’s lounge and retail store within the lower City-owned parking lot on the northeast corner of Vulcan Avenue and E Street.

According to the city staff report, the city is recommending that the commission liken the station to an automotive service station, which is not allowed in that location, and that the use would not fit the vision of the city’s specific plan for the downtown area, which sees the land as primarily for governmental use.

Corridor Power’s CEO said the company is prepared to explore Carlsbad locations if the project is denied here.

The charging station was first proposed in 2013, and in 2014 the Department of Energy awarded Corridor Power a $500,000 grant for the project. It recently received a time extension, as the winter 2016 deadline to complete the project was rapidly approaching.

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