SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick Township Council has adopted an ordinance which allows electric vehicle charging equipment and stations to be permitted accessories in all zoning districts of the township. This amendment to the township code is in compliance with legislation passed by the state and part of a program called ‘Charge Up New Jersey,’ which incentivizes residents to purchase electric vehicles and cut down on global emissions.

            A new set of provisions for electrical vehicle charging equipment (EVCE) shall be taken into consideration for all site plans brought before the planning and zoning board in South Brunswick. All single-family homes, townhouses and condominium units that are assigned a specific garage for parking will have a 240-volt electric outlet for electrical vehicles. EVCE will be allowed in the front yard area of any home.

            The ordinance requires that the following establishments designate an amount of 3% of their parking spaces to electrical vehicle charging stations (EVCS) before being presented to either board.

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-       All housing complexes that exceed 20 residential units and do not provide parking garages

-       Offices and warehouses that exceed 20,000 square feet

-       Hotels and motels with more than 50 rooms

-       Retail stores, gyms and health clubs that exceed 10,000 square feet

-       Restaurants (non drive-in) that exceed 20,000 square feet

-       All recreational facilities (movie theaters, arcades, etc.)

This ordinance was first introduced to the South Brunswick Township Council on January 28th, 2020 and was adopted June 23rd, 2020. The amendment to the land use chapter of the township code will go into effect on July 14th, 2020.