The City of Sebastopol Building Department shall adopt an administrative, nondiscretionary review process to expedite approval of electric vehicle charging stations within 30 days of the adoption of the ordinance codified in this chapter. The Building Department shall issue a building permit or other nondiscretionary permit the same day for over-the-counter applications or within one to three business days for electronic applications of receipt of a complete application that meets the requirements of the approved checklist and standard plan. A Building Official may require an applicant to apply for a use permit if the Official finds, based on substantial evidence, that the electric vehicle charging system could have a specific, adverse impact upon the public health and safety. Such decisions may be appealed to the City’s Planning Commission.
Review of the application shall be limited to the Building Official’s review of whether the application meets local, state, and federal health and safety requirements.
If a use permit is required, a Building Official may deny an application for the use permit if the Official makes written findings based upon substantive evidence in the record that the proposed installation would have a specific, adverse impact upon public health or safety and there is no feasible method to satisfactorily mitigate or avoid, as defined, the adverse impact. Such findings shall include the basis for the rejection of the potential feasible alternative for preventing the adverse impact. Such decisions may be appealed to the City Planning Commission.
Any condition imposed on an application shall be designed to mitigate the specific, adverse impact upon health and safety at the lowest possible cost.
“A feasible method to satisfactorily mitigate or avoid the specific, adverse impact” includes, but is not limited to, any cost-effective method, condition, or mitigation imposed by the City on another similarly situated application in a prior successful application for a permit.
A city shall not condition approval of an application on the approval of an association, as defined in Section 4080 of the Civil Code.
If an application is deemed incomplete, a written correction notice detailing all deficiencies in the application and any additional information or documentation required to be eligible for expedited permit issuance shall be sent to the applicant for resubmission.