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Local Ordinances Play a Major Role in Green Infrastructure

Local governments can do a lot to promote and improve green infrastructure by implementing best practices and fostering emerging technologies. Just look at what Atlanta, Georgia and Raleigh, North Carolina have done through their local ordinances this year.

On November 20, 2017, Atlanta City Council unanimously adopted a new infrastructure regulation that requires all new residential and commercial buildings to install electrical infrastructure to support Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers. In addition, at least 20% of all new commercial and multifamily parking structures must support EV. Atlanta was already recognized as one of the top ten cities in the country for EV in 2016, and this ordinance addresses one of the final hurdles to the EV industry: a lack of charging spaces.

In September, Raleigh City Council adopted a new Green Infrastructure (GI) and Low Impact Development (LID) ordinance that addresses one of the major sources of water pollution: stormwater. This newly adopted ordinance allows GI/LID practices to be implemented to meet up to 10% of the amenity area requirements, reduces the number of parking spaces required based on the number of trees preserved in the parking area, allows the City to reimburse a developer for additional stormwater infrastructure improvements that are beyond those required by ordinance, and includes many other incentives. To read the Raleigh ordinance, click here.

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