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Council Looks to Change Rules Requiring Notice Before Allowing Prohibited Vehicles to Park on City Streets

Recently, based on residents’ input, I’ve requested the Council to consider changing City’s Parking code requiring the City to give notice to neighbors on a residential block, when a request is made to park a prohibited vehicle. Currently, the City Code prohibits certain types of vehicles from parking on residential streets between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

These include recreational vehicles, boats, boat trailers, any type of trailer, and any special mobile equipment. Special City permits are required to allow such parking. Often time, the size of these prohibited vehicles causes issues with parking of the vehicles owned by residents living on that block.

The City Manager may approve a 24-hour permit based on good cause provided by an applicant. The Mayor and Council must approve any period longer than 24 hours after discussing the application at a worksession.

This process has not included any formal notification of neighbors or public hearing when approval is considered.

Staff proposes a process similar to that used to consider residential permit parking zones. This would include mailing notices to residents of the block where the request has been made and scheduling a public hearing for the Council to consider residents’ feedback. The applicant and residents of that block would then receive written notice of the Council’s decision to approve, approve with a time limit, or disapprove the request for permission to park a prohibited vehicle.

At this week’s meeting, the Council will discuss the proposed changes to City’s parking rules on prohibited vehicles on City streets.

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