The Interstate Renewable Energy Council and RMI have released a free guidance document designed to help municipalities as they develop and implement strategies to provide their communities with electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

To meet increasing EV demand, we’ll need as many as 10 times the number of public EV chargers currently available, according to the IREC and RMI. The absence of transparent and predictable planning and zoning processes for siting EV chargers can be a barrier, they say.

Planning and Zoning Guidance for Electric Vehicle Charger Deployment” will help local leaders address barriers, so municipalities and charging providers can save money and time while making progress toward installing EV chargers.

The 68-page guide includes recommendations on common planning and zoning challenges, references to comprehensive planning documents from municipalities including Boston, Chicago and Phoenix, sample code text, recommendations on providing equitable access to on-street public charging for those without off-street parking, and definitions of key terms.

The recommendations in the guidance were informed by the insights of municipalities and charging providers, as well as planning consultants, researchers, and recognized experts.

A six-page executive summary of the guidance is available for download.