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Residents in the Southern California community of West Covina are lobbying city officials to adopt an ordinance that would prohibit the parking of recreational vehicles in driveways, according to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
The movement mirrors a growing trend nationwide toward banning RVs in residential areas.
Proponents of the ordinance argue that not every RV owner is responsible in keeping their rigs clean and in shape. Some have flat tires and don’t even run, they say.
“I’ve lived across the street from a fifth-wheel that hasn’t left the driveway in four years,” said resident Peggy Franklin.
Joanne Wilner said rundown motorhomes and trailers are littering her neighborhood.
“They’re like having buses in your neighbor’s yard,” Wilner said. “We want to be a city of beautiful homes.”
RVers argue the proposed ban would be very disruptive.
“I drove around this area, and on this block there are 200 RVs,” said West Covina resident and RV owner Eugene Cole. “To displace all of them and try to make them put them in (a storage facility) would be impossible. You would be changing the whole way of life for some people.”
The West Covina Planning Commission held two public hearings in the last few months to listen to both sides of the issue and came up with a code amendment that would allow an RV to be parked in a driveway as long as it did not take up 75 percent of the driveway.
But the decision to adopt or reject the ordinance has been put on hold by the City Council, following more review, city Planning Director Douglas McIsaac said.
Officials said the issue has gone back to planning commissioners and won’t be back to the council “for a while.”
There were no laws on the community’s books pertaining to trailer or RV parking in front driveways until 1999. The city adopted one that very comprehensive. It was not enforced, city officials said.
RV lovers like the Coles want it to remain that way so they can have the freedom to get up and go whenever the mood strikes them which is at least once a month, they say.
“I think it’s sad it even came up,” Gail Cole said of the ordinance. “We enjoy it. That is our social life.”