CLOVIS - - Local resident, Bob Levinson, asked City Planner Dwight
Kroll to consider non-enforcement of the City's Recreational Vehicle
Ordinance over Labor Day this year.
Kroll brought the matter up at the
Council Meeting tonight and indicated that the City has an established
comprehensive ordinance related to off-street parking with specific
criteria pertaining to recreational vehicles and their storage within
single-family zone districts.
He said that the Code Enforcement
Division, as well as the Clovis Police Department, respond
to a significant number of illegally placed and stored recreational
vehicles in the front yard area as well as the public right-of-way
during the summer months.
Kroll indicated that staff was
in receipt Bob Levinson's written request that an enforcement suspension
be established during the peak summer months from Memorial Day
to Labor Day. If the request were to be granted, granted the
action would provide residential property owners in Clovis with the
right to maintain one recreational vehicle within the driveway of
their residence during the peak summer months.
However, Kroll told City Council members
that the Planning staff was recommending denial of the applicant's
request for general safety factors, suitability for single family
zone districts, size limitations, and enforcement problems created
by the suspension.
Those speaking in favor of relaxing the Code
provisions were, Bob Levinson, 1437 Beverly Avenue; Joe Pasco, 1416
Beverly Avenue; Mike Oakland, 1426 Beverly Avenue; Carol Oakland,
1426 Beverly Avenue; Isabel Lawson, 820 Cherryfield; Ron Sundquist,
In opposition a to the request to allow recreation
vehicle at the residences wrew, Bob Wallert, 2484 Woodworth. He also
praised the Planning staff for the development of a good ordinance
and recommended that no changes be made to it.
Following a brief discussion by the Council,
the motion by Councilmember Wynne, seconded by Councilmember Ashbeck,
that the Council deny the request to consider non-enforcement of
the City's Recreational Vehicle Ordinance to allow parking of recreational
vehicles in residential driveways from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
And directing staff to temporarily modify
the enforcement of the ordinance by extending the grace period
from 24 to 48 hours which citizens are allowed to keep recreational
vehicles in front of their residences before and after use for a trial
period between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year and directing
staff to continue to meet with citizens to gather additional information
both for and against the applicant's proposal and report back after
the trial period.
The Motion carried with Councilmember
Armstrong and Councilmember Magsig voting no.