Last year, residents in Roanoke, Texas, were in a stir over a new recreational vehicle ordinance that restricted where and how long the vehicles could be parked.
But since the rules were revised, RV owners say they’ve had a smoother ride, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“Everybody’s happy,” Mayor Carl “Scooter” Gierisch Jr. said.
The controversy began in March 2004, when the City Council banned RVs on residential streets for more than 72 hours during a six-month period. Otherwise, vehicles had to be stored out of public view.
The rules were adopted after the city received more than a dozen complaints about RVs sitting idle on streets.
RV owners balked at the changes, saying the new rules were too strict, and swarmed council meetings. The council and residents worked on the revisions, which were passed in July 2004.
Residents can now park boats, recreational and commercial vehicles on the street for 48 hours at a time for loading and unloading.
Otherwise, the vehicles may be parked in front and side yards as long as they are on all-weather surfaces.
The city has issued about 25 warnings to violators, but no citations. As with all of its code enforcement efforts, the city usually gives a warning first.
City Manager Jimmy Stathatos said the ordinance has gotten commercial and RVs vehicles off the streets.
“It’s a good compromise,” Stathatos said.