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An ongoing battle in Torrance, Calif., over recreational vehicle parking in residential areas will resume tonight (March 28), according to a report in the Daily Breeze, as the City Council readdresses the issue in an extension of a public forum held four weeks ago.
“What we’re going to do is continue the public hearing,” Mayor Dan Walker said Monday. “We will, of course, have more questions for staff and more personal comments and we’ll take it from there.”
Just like the meeting Feb. 28, there’s a good chance deliberations tonight won’t end with a deciding vote. Balancing the rights of RVers with the concerns of their frustrated neighbors has already proved to be a complex task, and Walker hinted that the council doesn’t intend to rush into a decision.
“We want to get it right and do it right the first time,” he said.
As for possible solutions, the city is still looking into local sites that could be used for oversized vehicle storage, including land beneath the power lines that stripe Torrance.
Meanwhile, there’s also talk of utilizing a patch near the local airport, according to Ted Semaan, transportation planner with the Community Development Department.
Under either of these scenarios, city officials would court a private storage company to lease the property and run the business.
In recent years, some Torrance residents have grown increasingly frustrated at the proliferation of RVs parked in their neighborhoods, saying bulky motorhomes and trailers are eyesores that interfere with the flow of traffic and pose safety hazards for pedestrians.
Some RVers insist their rigs have the right to be curbed in residential neighborhoods as long as they comply with existing vehicle laws, including a recent ruling stating that RVs are not supposed to sit idle for more than 72 hours.