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Proposed ordinance would restrict RV parking

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 | Posted by | 5 responses

The above poster is being circulated on Facebook about a proposed new ordinance on Cloverdale’s City Council agenda that would restrict parking trailers, motor homes and other recreational vehicles on private property.

According to a press release from the city, since 2010, a number of public meetings have been held at to discuss these provisions and obtain feedback from the public. The city has received public comments, including (but not limited to) regulating uses on private property, clarifying the definition of recreation vehicle, the visibility of recreational vehicles on private property, and length limitations of recreational vehicles.

In February, the Planning CDA Subcommittee considered these public comments, discussed the recreational vehicle parking provisions and came up with their recommendations.

These will be presented April 11, at 6:30 p.m. during the regular City Council meeting, which is held at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd.

5 Comments for “Proposed ordinance would restrict RV parking”

  1. Cloverdale has a Performing Arts Center?

  2. Cloverdale does indeed have a performing arts center. Visit http://www.cloverdaleperformingarts.com details

  3. I’m not sure if my 12 years qualifies me as being considered a “longtime” resident of Cloverdale, but I think it’s longtime enough to know that Cloverdale is a great, small town to live in… I think we’re too neighborly of a community to impose these kinds of ridiculous restrictions.

    People here should be open enough to just approach your neighbor if you don’t like something about what they have parked on their property, and nicely try to figure out a compromise, rather than repeatedly calling the local PD and having officers come out and state there have been numerous anonymous complaints (from one party) about whatever it is that is causing them issue… (whether it be rogue trash cans left out 1 day past collection, the unloading of a race trailer after coming home Sunday night after a weekend of racing, a classic and daily-use car being parked in front of your own home, or an RV or race trailer parked in the driveway of your home). Yes, these are calls the PD has fielded about my home, and have called or visited my home — as recently as this week — to discuss with me. But in the 12 years I’ve lived here, never has said roiled neighbor just come to my front door and talked to me. Ever. And the fact that I personally spent over a year meticulously planning and redoing my front yard to do my part to be a good neighbor and add something nice to my neighborhood is, of course, not of note. Makes me want to park all my toys on my newly-landscaped yard and throw a big ol’ BBQ shindig, complete with pink plastic flamingos and some sweet hillbilly music… daisy dukes optional. :)

    Seriously, one would think the City, with it’s own budget issues, would understand that imposing these restrictions will mean imposing storage costs on the owners of these “recreational vehicles” that many families can’t afford in the current economic climate, or forcing the sale of these items simply because we’re not allowed to park our vehicles on our own property – the property that we own and pay taxes for.

    It’s ludicrous to me that this is even being considered. If it’s on public streets, by all means, enforce away. But telling residents what they can/can’t park on their own property? Unbelievable.

    What’s next? Not allowing vehicles older than a certain year? Or how about a certain color?

    Or wait, how about making it a requirement to have a cycling license before riding a bicycle through town (too late, that one’s already on the books… CCMC 10.44.010).

    Enough with errant laws to appease a squeaky few. Let people live in peace in their own homes. And if you do feel you have a problem, have the decency to politely knock on your neighbor’s door and *gasp* speak to them. You never know what’s going on with the family behind that closed door. Maybe they have more serious things to worry about than trash cans and RVs.

    This all news to you? Many people I’ve talked to are saying this is news to them too.
    Want to be informed? Read up on what is being proposed here:
    http://www.cloverdale.net/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1300

    City Council meets tonight at 6:30pm to discuss the proposed zoning ordinance changes… please take the time to make your voice heard.

  4. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the late poet Robert Frost penned the term “good fences make good neighbors”. If you don’t like what you see next door you reserve the right not to look at it. Build a fence, plant some trees or shrubs to block your view of what’s offending you. You foot the bill instead of passing it off on the other person. Be proactive instead of reactive. It also seems that the Cloverdale PD has a lot of time on its hands to waste on this one person who is bugged by Talex and his “unsightly” property. It’s never a good thing to alienate a neighbor, you’ll never know when you’ll need their help one day.

  5. The Mini-Storage in town probably started this. They are losing money and trying to get more customers.

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