Energy Use and Transportation

EV Charging Reach Code

In June 2023, the City of Cotati adopted a “reach code” to increase the amount of electric vehicle (EV) charging required in new development projects and in substantial renovations or additions to existing parking facilities. A reach code is a local amendment of the California Building Code that goes beyond the basic mandatory standards of the Code, and is a commonly used tool to reduce the use of fuels that cause greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to climate change. Under Cotati’s new EV charging reach code, 65% of parking spaces in new multifamily residential and hotels must provide EV charging equipment or outlets, compared to 45% required previously. Non-residential new development must also provide increased EV charging.

Ban on New Gas Stations

In 2022, the City passed a Gas Station Ban, which prevents the creation of new gas stations or expansions of existing gas stations within Cotati city limits. The goal of the gas station ban is to reduce the potential toxic contamination related to gas stations, and reduce fossil fuel emissions by encouraging the use of electric vehicles and alternative forms of transportation. 

A Guide to Electrifying Your Home

Cotati's guide on home electrification outlines the permitting processes and financial incentives available for residents looking to switch from natural gas to electric appliances. Electric appliances, such as heat pumps and electric water heaters, are more efficient that their natural gas counterparts, and can reduce the pollution both inside your home and in the natural environment.

Walking the Talk

Cotati’s City Hall is powered by 100% renewable energy through Sonoma Clean Power's EverGreen program. Additionally, the City's vehicle fleet primarily consists of electric vehicles for employees to conduct business outside of City Hall.

EV at charger
Roof solar panels
Bike to work

Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan

The City of Cotati is embarking on an update to its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan in 2023. Last updated in 2014, the Plan guides City infrastructure improvements and programs to facilitate safe, efficient travel by bicycle and foot throughout the city. By promoting cycling and walking for transportation, the City makes it easier to residents, employees, and visitors to leave their cars at home, reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.