Three California municipalities have taken steps to regulate RV parking on residential streets or toughen existing laws in response to neighborhood complaints about the vehicles.
In Southern California, the city council of Fontana has drafted a proposal that would limit parking on residential streets to two hours, according to the San Bernardino County Sun. Vehicle owners could get special permits to park for up to 48 hours no more than 10 times a year.
City officials are targeting people who store vehicles on streets for extended periods, ostensibly creating clutter and safety problems. “We have people who park that stuff (motorhomes, boats), and it’s there forever,” Fontana Police Chief Frank Scialdone said.
In the Bay Area city of Dublin, meanwhile, the city council appointed eight citizens to a committee that will delve into safety issues regarding RVs parked on city streets, reported the Tri-Valley Herald. The city is considering limiting when and where the owners of RVs can park their vehicles in light of recent resident complaints that RVs block the line of sight on residential streets, creating dangerous situations for drivers and pedestrians.
The newly appointed committee consists of RV owners, people who live next to RV owners, a former mayor who helped write the present ordinance plus concerned citizens. “I don’t believe we can dictate what is visually acceptable and what is not,” wrote appointee Bill Burnham in his application. “But we can address health and safety issues.”
Some attempts to toughen existing regulations, however, have met stern resistance. In the northern California town of Napa, a proposal to tighten RV parking restrictions on city streets stalled last week after owners of campers, trailers and boats packed City Hall to voice their opposition, according to the Napa Valley Register.
The current law allows police to ticket RVs and trailers parked for more than 72 hours on city streets, but that law is rarely enforeced, Police Chief Dan Monez said. So, the city has placed the issue on the back burner for now, according to Planning Director John Yost.