Are RV Parking Restrictions out of Control?

Communities across the United States and Canada are reviewing and in many cases tightening up by-laws that regulate the parking of recreational vehicles. These are the issues that affect all of us RVers—right where we live.

In three previous posts I reported on communities in the United States and Canada imposing restrictive rules, regulations, ordinances, and general hassles on owners of recreational vehicles:

Let's Go RVing to Sedona, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

During the past several months other anti-RV bylaws have been discussed and enacted. Below is a sampling.

Cranbrook, British Columbia: The City of Cranbrook reminds residents of the amendment to the Streets and Traffic bylaw, which came into effect in June 2010 and regulates on street parking of recreational vehicles and unattached trailers. The bylaw prohibits parking recreational vehicles and trailers on residential streets between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and prohibits parking unattached trailers on any street at any time, unless in an emergency situation. The bylaw applies to travel trailers, tent trailers, campers, motorhomes as well as boats and boats on trailers. It is recommended that residents continue to find alternate places to leave their RV’s, campers, boats, and trailers when not in use, other than on the street.

“Enforcement of this bylaw is generally complaint driven,” says Deb Girvin, Bylaw Enforcement Officer for the City of Cranbrook.

(Source: Kootenay News Advertiser, August 11, 2011)

Let's Go RVing to Brasstown Bald, Georgia. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Douglas, Wyoming: The City of Douglas has passed an ordinance which outlines new regulations for parking in residential areas within city limits. The ordinance defines specific types of vehicles which cannot be parked in front of residential properties for more than three consecutive days during any 30-day period. These vehicles include motor homes, camper trailers, recreational vehicles, boats, horse trailers, and utility trailers. The ordinance also specifies that parked vehicles cannot be used for residential purposes or create a traffic hazard, must be parked next to the registered residence, and easily movable. Vehicles can only be parked on driveways that are a “hard surface or improved for parking,” specifically concrete, asphalt, brick, or gravel.

(Source: Douglas Budget, July 7, 2011)

Richmond, Kentucky: Recreational vehicle parks will be permitted in Richmond, but only in zones where mobile or manufactured homes are allowed, if an ordinance heard on first reading is adopted by the city commission.

Richmond’s zoning code allows mobile homes and mobile home communities only in zones classified as Public or Semi-public and listed on the zoning map by the symbol MP/C.

The new ordinance offers five different definitions and descriptions for RVs. According to the zoning code, mobile homes and RVs would be the only permitted uses in the MP/C zone.

(Source: Richmond (KT) Register)

Great Falls, Montana: The question of whether large recreational vehicles and other larger-than-normal wheeled contraptions should be allowed to park ad infinitum along Great Falls city streets recently surfaced at a commission work session when Deputy City Manager Jennifer Reichelt showed commissioners a draft ordinance that would restrict such parking.

The draft is the result of urging from neighborhood councils and the overarching Council of Councils.

(Source: Great Falls Tribune)

Let's Go RVing to Mount Washington, New Hampshire. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keokuk, Iowa: The Keokuk City Council recently passed two ordinances, one dealing with recreational vehicle and trailer parking and the other with tow-aways.

RVs and trailers can still be parked on public streets and in municipal lots from April 1 to October 31, but they cannot be parked in the same place for more than four days, or 96 hours.

The police department is now authorized to have any vehicle, boat, trailer, or combination in violation of the City Code towed away and stored in a designated place. Owners may reclaim their vehicle by paying the towing and storage costs.

(Source: Keokuk Gate City Daily, May 11, 2011)

Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: Fort Leavenworth Frontier Heritage Communities has reminded all residents of the residential parking restrictions and regulations on Fort Leavenworth streets. Recreational vehicles, boat trailers, trailers, and commercial trucks with exposed storage racks, more than four wheels or exceeding a Gross Combination Weight Rating of 12,000 pounds cannot be parked in the housing areas for extended periods.

RV storage space can be leased from the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Travel Services.

(Source: Fort Leavenworth Lamp, May 12, 2011)

Worth Pondering…
Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.

—Fitzhugh Mullan

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