City Council passes oversized vehicle restrictions

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SAN DIEGO — The City Council Monday gave initial approval to citywide parking restrictions on oversized vehicles like campers and trailers, but it could be several months to a year before the city can fully implement the program.

The ordinance is in response to numerous homeowner complaints that big vehicles block views and create traffic hazards when left along curbsides in residential neighborhoods.

CScreen Shot 2013-07-08 at 6.04.55 PMouncilman Kevin Faulconer, who spearheaded the effort to pass the restrictions, said vehicles that are too big for neighborhoods cause public safety, quality of life and environmental problems.

“Currently, we have vehicles that are parked in front of homes and businesses for weeks at a time, taking up valuable parking spaces for small businesses, blocking views and limiting access to driveways and alleys, which will present major pedestrian problems,” Faulconer said.

The ordinance bans the parking of oversized vehicles between 2 and 6 a.m., and within 50 feet of an intersection at any time. Exceptions would be made for deliveries and school buses, and residents could apply for permits for recreational vehicles to park for 24 hours, giving owners time to load and unload for trips.

The City Council passed the ordinance on a 6-2 vote, with council members David Alvarez and Sherri Lightner dissenting, and Marti Emerald absent.

A companion item failed to pass. It would have limited the restrictions to certain beach communities — where the problem is most acute — so the impacts could be studied before going citywide.

Council members and city staff said the implementation timeline was uncertain, but would be long, primarily because the restrictions need to be reviewed by the California Coastal Commission before they take effect in coastal areas.

The council declined to implement the restrictions in the rest of the city before the commission takes action, since that could temporarily make the parking problem in beach areas worse.

Members of the public who opposed the restrictions told the council the ordinance was an unfair imposition on RV users, who have few locations where they can park or store their vehicles.

City staff expects initial upfront costs to be reimbursed later by permit fees and payments for citations.


  • Retired_Man

    Now I'll have to get a "permit" (what will be the fee for that?) to load or unload for a trip! Some trips require more than a day to prep for, which means multiple permits! This city can kiss me where the processed food leaves my body…

    • Paul

      Or you could park your gargantuan RV on your own property, instead of taking up multiple street parking spaces and leaving it sitting in front of your house for a week at a time.

      Or do what the rest of us do: buy a tent and pack that along with some supplies in a hatchback or SUV.

  • Kawsd

    This is such an overreach …there are already laws on the books to deal with oversized vehicles….I hope the council realize what they are doing here….there are long distance truck drivers that park in commercial areas overnight in order to make deliveries in the morning, they don't bother where are they park? And residents need to buy a permit to park overnight in front of their own house….these complaints just come from people who are unwilling to go through the process to call the police and report vehicles parked in violation or current law.And Paul chill out there already are laws on the books to prevent anyone from parking their oversized vehicle in front of their house for days or weeks.

  • Barbara Olson

    If a neighbor has a complaint regarding where his/her neighbor Parks a RV, let them discuss this and resolve the issue between themselves. Having owned an RV in the past, I was always considerate of my neighbors. If these parking restrictions are enforced, I will not purchase another RV. Does the City realize how much money is pumped into the local businesses by RV owners. These new parking restrictions will have an adverse affect on the local economy.


    RVs are ugly and should not be allowed to park in a spot more than 3 days, that is the rule in my neighborhood downtown. It works and although we have a few RVs there, no more than 3 days helps a lot.

    Get your white trash mobile up and moving. Its those broke down POS' that really eat up the neighborhood, move on hippies!

  • susan

    YES! It's about time those big Ass campers are moved off the streets. Besides that they are a eye sore! I love my HOA for fining. Campers etc. to stay on the streets for more than 24 hrs!.

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