The City Council on Tuesday will consider a new law that would prohibit RVs, trailers and other oversized vehicles from parking overnight on residential streets without a temporary permit.
The legislation was first introduced last fall after the public works director asked council to consider a blanket policy rather than a piecemeal approach to the issue since, for years, regulations were neighborhood-specific, causing some confusion and making enforcement difficult.
“We want people to use and enjoy their RVs, we just want to lessen the impact on many of our communities, especially in parking-impacted areas where it creates a lot of issues,” public works director Craig Beck said in a recent interview.
The new law would require the vehicle’s registered owner to obtain a permit from the city’s traffic and engineering division that would limit overnight parking to three consecutive days, or 72 hours, at a time. Officials are proposing an annual maximum of 20 permits per resident, though exceptions to the rule could be requested in writing with proof the owner uses the vehicle on a daily basis and does not have on-premise parking, according to a staff report. Staff is proposing a maximum time of six months for this type of permit.
Also included in the proposed ordinance is an exemption that would allow disabled persons who rely on their RV or oversized vehicle for transportation to obtain an oversized vehicle parking permit for their residence or workplace.
At this point, city officials say they are unsure how many people could be affected by the new policy, which could kick in as early as this…
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