Motorhome and RV owners in Port Moody, British Columbia, are getting a reprieve this summer, and it has nothing to do with the cool weather.
Coquitlam Now reported that after enacting a bylaw earlier this year that put restrictions on the length of time large vehicles could be parked on city streets, politicians have voted to strike down a portion of the new rules.
While commercial and oversized vehicles are still only allowed to park on streets for a maximum of 48 hours, RVs, trailers and motorhomes can stay parked indefinitely.
The bylaw was originally enacted because the city receives a number of complaints from residents regarding parking each month.
Since the bylaw took effect in March, the city has enforced it on a complaint basis, handling just 25 complaints regarding nine vehicles. But after receiving feedback from RV owners who argued the bylaw was too onerous, council decided to make a change.
Councilman Gerry Nuttall, who noted he owns a travel trailer, said the bylaw didn’t address issues like people visiting family or friends who might be staying longer than two days, or the time it takes RV owners to prep or winterize their vehicles. Council asked staff to review the bylaw next year after more data is collected.
Not all councilmen wanted to see the bylaw change. Rick Glumac voted against it, citing concerns over safety, specifically over RVs blocking drivers’ views.
The issue of parking RVs and other vehicles on private property is a hot topic in Englewood, Colo., according to a report by the Denver Post.
While city council has worked on parking rules for the big recreational vehicles for some time, opposition from RV enthusiasts and others has resulted in a citizen-generated initiative on the Nov. 1 election ballot, which would prohibit virtually any regulation on parking them on private property.
The initiative says in part: “In order to preserve property rights of the people of Englewood on their own use of private property, this ordinance will protect the right of parking vehicles on private property.”
It would prohibit restrictions on weight for any RVs, trailers, off-road vehicles, business-labeled vehicles, camper shells or boats, or regulations on where on private property they can be parked.
A hearing was held Oct. 12 on recent city proposals to revise current rules, which allow parking on a hard or gravel surface in a rear or side yard, with an exception for property owners without access to a rear yard to park in a front yard.
Vehicles allowed in a front yard would have to be in compliance with sight triangles for pedestrians and vehicles on streets and alleys under the proposals, and existing driveways not meeting the requirements would be grandfathered in.
Walter Perry supports the initiative and signed the petition to get it on the ballot.
“I spent a year in Korea to protect our freedom, and being able to park my RV in my driveway is part of my freedom,” Perry said.
Perry said he remembers being irritated with the city when he was told to move his RV from his driveway in 2004, when he was going into the hospital for knee surgery. He asked for a delay and it was refused, he said, costing him $300 to park it at a lot. He said he later received an apology when it was determined his vehicle was not over the existing weight limits.