By Bryan Boggiano
The city commission will vote on extending the pilot programs that ease parking requirements for commercial and recreational vehicles through August 16.
The vote takes place at its Wed. March 1 commission meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m.
On February 16, 2022, the city commission approved the one-year pilot programs. Throughout the programs’ duration, city staff, including code compliance and the police department, have been working on enforcement, according to city documents.
Under the pilot program, recreational vehicles may be parked on a paved driveway Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Vehicles may be parked on a driveway from Friday at 9.m. until Sunday at 9 p.m. or Monday at 9 p.m. if that Monday is a federal holiday.
For commercial vehicles in business districts, those vehicles may be parked in front of a business but as far away as possible away from any street right-of-way after 9 p.m. or upon closure of all the businesses within a commercial plaza, whichever is early, according to the city.
At their January 25 commission workshop, city staff recommended that the commission extend the commercial and recreational vehicles pilot program for another six months to perform additional code sweeps, survey the community for input, and allow code violators to correct their parking practices.
On February 15, the commission voted 4-1 to extend the commercial and recreational vehicle pilot program. Vice Mayor Shawn Cerra was the only “no” vote, expressing concerns about the program as early as July 2022, saying it would be a mistake to extend into 2023 due to repeat violations and repeat code violators.
“By prolonging on the decision, it’s potentially gonna put people in a bad way with habits and what they’re accustomed to doing,” he said.
Mayor Scott Brook said he is okay with the program continuing for another six months, but if strict enforcement does not work, the program could see a different fate.
“Without sufficient compliance, the pilot program will ultimately sunset,” he said.
If the commission votes to extend the program, it will be effective through August 16. After that, there are three possible scenarios.
The commission can allow the programs to sunset, restoring the original parking restrictions. They can also vote to extend the programs again or make additional code amendments.
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