The city adopted a Sustainability Implementation Plan in 2018 to reach its climate action goals. As part of this effort, stakeholders and community groups met regularly to discuss action areas and ultimately, draft ordinance language. Initially, this approach was to offer two pathways: an all-electric path and a second path with a mixed-fuel design and increased efficiencies. When City Council reviewed the recommendations in the winter of 2019, the public response at the Council hearing was overwhelmingly in favor of the all-electric pathway.
The City moved forward in a two-phased approach. The first phase, with an effective date of April 1, 2020 would require all-electric for new single-family and low-rise residential construction with two pathways for all other new construction. The second phase would extend the all-electric requirement to all new construction and accessory dwelling units (ADUs); this was anticipated in mid- to late-2020.