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USA; City prepares for electric vehicles

The Canal Winchester Planning and Zoning Commission agreed unanimously last week to approve a request to install the city’s first charging station for electric cars at Walgreens, 6266 Gender Road.

Jeff Bellamy of Dynalectric Ohio requested approval for a zoning variance to allow his company to install the charging station.

“We’re installing these charging stations at 11 Walgreens around the state,” Bellamy said at the planning commission’s Aug. 13 meeting. “(Walgreens) is putting them in locations close to freeways, so if someone is driving a longer distance and needs a charge, they can come and get one. Right now, you’re only going to get, like, 50 miles on a charge.”

Legislation was presented to city council at its committee of the whole meeting July 30 that would establish regulations for residential and commercial charging stations.

Planning and Zoning Administrator Andrew Dutton said city officials assume they will see more electric cars on Canal Winchester streets in the future.

“We’re trying to get ahead of the game, if any come into town,” Dutton said. “(Walgreens) needs a variance because our current code restricts (electric vehicle charging stations). This new ordinance puts in a section that allows and regulates them so I can just administratively approve them,” he said.

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