The city of Webb, Saskatchewan, is going to park and listen before moving forward on a proposed driveway ban for recreational vehicles, according to The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon.
A report going to the city’s planning and operations committee next week recommends a comprehensive online survey in June, a public meeting in September and discussions with industry before coming up with a policy around front yard RV parking in fall and winter. A report will come before councillors next fall with recommendations stemming from the discussions and the survey.
The options for what will come out of the consultations are wide open and could be a total ban on driveway parking or no change to the current bylaw, said Dana Kripki, senior planner with the city’s planning and development branch.
“I think our intent is to create a fair overview,” Kripki said. “We want to gauge how much of an impact this might have.”
The lobby to stop recreational vehicles from being parked on driveways is led by Councillor Myles Heidt, who argues RVs cause a safety hazard by blocking views and are an eyesore for neighbours.
The “silent majority” who want to see RVs moved off driveways may not have their voice heard in consultations, he said in an interview Friday.
“I think it’s unfortunate,” Heidt said. “I don’t know why they could even come up with a recommendation like that when it’s so obvious. If you own a camper you don’t want it changed. If you don’t, you want it. Some people who do have them are respectful to their neighbours, some aren’t.”
Many other cities in Western Canada have tougher RV bylaws and have implemented off-season driveway bans as complaints have risen in recent years, Heidt said.
The city receives between 10 and 20 complaints per year. Future neighbourhoods will be denser with more homes per street to stop urban sprawl. But one of the corollaries will be less parking space for such large vehicles.
“With more people in less space, we’re going to have to learn to appreciate each other’s needs a little more,” Kripki said.
RV owners have sent dozens of letters to city hall since the issue was raised in March, with most opposing such a bylaw. Several letter writers complain about the city infringing on their rights while others worry about the cost of storing their RV, which ranges from $350 to $500 a year.
Rick Ochitwa, sales manager at 8th Street RV, said many owners have misunderstood the policy change to include the entire property, not just the driveway.
“I honestly can’t see it being that huge of an issue,” Ochitwa said. “There’s a core nucleus of a few complaining people and to change the law — that’s coming down pretty hard.”
RV PARKING BANS ELSEWHERE
- Regina: No front yard parking Oct. 1 to April 30
- Prince Albert: No restrictions
- Calgary: Maximum 24 hours in front; 36 hours in side
- Red Deer: No front yard parking Nov. 1 to March 31
- Edmonton: No front yard parking Nov. 1 to March 31
- Kelowna: No trailers greater than 5,500 kgs