Out-of-Control RV Parking Restrictions

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.

Are the by laws that regulate the parking of recreational vehicles in your community as confusing as the above sign? (Credit: adelaidecitycouncil.com)

Macomb Township, Michigan: Macomb Township Board of Trustees approved an amendment to the township’s residential parking ordinance Wednesday that will specify the definition of commercial and recreational vehicles and restrict their time on public streets. The code’s present language makes only vague reference to recreational vehicles, such as boat trailers, motor homes, tent trailers, pickup truck campers, and travel trailers.

The amended code will specifically define these vehicles and include them in the list of vehicles the township does not permit residents to park on public streets for any length of time, typically 24 hours. A violation of the code is a misdemeanor if convicted. This infraction is subject to a penalty of fines up to $500 or imprisonment in Macomb County Jail for up to 90 days, or both.

(Source: Patch.com, September 16, 2011)

Flagler Beach, Florida: Homeowners will be allowed to keep one RV and one utility trailer in their yards—with conditions. The Flagler Beach City Commission approved first reading Thursday night of a law that would specify where and how homeowners can park those vehicles.

Commissioners have discussed the issue on and off for more than a decade. Officials say the previous laws were vague, and that has caused problems for some homeowners. Last winter, the commissioners decided to treat RVs and utility trailers differently than boats.

More and more communities in the United States and Canada are enacting bylaws that restrict curb parking of RVs. (Credit: noozhawk.com)

If commissioners approve a second reading of this law, homeowners could each park one RV and one utility trailer in their back or side yards if there is sufficient space. They can also park those vehicles in driveways for as many as 72 hours. The law also allows visitors to park those vehicles in other owners’ yards for up to 14 days.

(Daytona Beach News-Journal, September 9, 2011)

Lloydminster, Alberta: Prepare to move your RV off the streets, as the City of Lloydminster ramps up RV parking enforcement. With a 48-hour maximum for RVs parked on city streets, local residents could be ticketed $75 for not complying with the bylaw.

“The trailers can sit on the street for a maximum of 48 hours,” said Brent Stasiuk, deputy CAO of protective services with the City of Lloydminster. “If you are in violation of that and we come and identify your trailer we will then record that information, come back, minimum of two days later … and if that trailer is still there and has not moved we can then generate a ticket.”

In recent weeks, bylaw officers have been canvassing the city to issue warnings. “We are giving these warnings and want to be fair to people and give them ample opportunity to get them off the streets. We haven’t done a lot of enforcement in the past on RV parking but we definitely want to move into that now and into the future, Stasiuk said.”

(Meridian Booster, August 30, 2011)

Englewood, Colorado: Proponents collected the required number of signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot that would change Englewood, Colorado city code concerning vehicle parking on private property. The initiative would remove weight restrictions and the requirement for all vehicles, trailers boats, campers, or recreational vehicles and would allow them to be parked and stored on private property as would business-labeled vehicles. Also, the initiative would remove the present city code limiting the number of trailers, campers, or RVs to a maximum of two on a property.

Englewood resident Frank Copley said, “I don’t have an RV but I just don’t think it’s right for the city to dictate what can and can’t be parked on a homeowner’s property.”

(Our Colorado News, August 15, 2011)

Mission, Texas: Mission residents with small lots and large recreational vehicles will have to park them somewhere else. Despite residents’ protests and the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Manager’s recommendation against it, Mission City Council voted Monday to restrict RVs 34 feet or longer from the front yards and driveways of R-1 residential zones. R-1 zones include non-corner lots of 60 feet by 100 feet and corner lots measuring 65 feet by 100 feet. Recreational vehicles include travel trailers, pickup coaches, motorhomes, dependent trailers, and self-contained trailers.

Three residents spoke against the ordinance at Monday’s meeting. RV owner, John Ebner, said the ordinance could also be hurtful to Winter Texans, a group of people the city works to attract. Ebner said he was disappointed that the City Council still voted to support the ordinance after residents spoke against it.

(Source: The Monitor, August 9, 2011)

Worth Pondering…

Even if the majority agrees on an idiotic idea, it is still an idiotic idea.

—Sam Levenson

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