A two-year-old San Diego law credited with preventing boats and large campers from monopolizing parking spots, especially near the beach, became permanent legislation on Tuesday.
City Council members unanimously approved eliminating a “sunset clause” from the oversized vehicle ordinance based on positive feedback from residents, community leaders and the Police Department.
They say the law’s positive impact on safety, aesthetics and parking availability trumps the hassles it has created for some local recreational vehicle owners who have had to begin paying for storage lots or using their yards.
City officials estimate there are roughly 100,000 recreational vehicle owners in San Diego.
Some community leaders have also expressed concerns that the ordinance has increased homelessness by forcing some people who had been sleeping in RVs onto the streets.
This practice often means trash on the street, loitering outside the campers and other problems that turn some neighborhoods into makeshift campgrounds.
The law also cracks down on people who use city streets to park their boats, non-motorized vehicles and other large vehicles.
The law prohibits such vehicles from parking on any San Diego city street or in any public parking lot between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., and makes it illegal to park those vehicles within 50 feet of any intersection at any time of the day.
An oversized vehicle is defined as one more than 27 feet long and more than 7 feet tall.
The law includes exemptions for school buses, some city vehicles and commercial vehicles making deliveries.
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