Oak Park RV law back under review

The Oak Park Municipal Advisory Council wants to reconsider the community’s oversized vehicle ordinance.

The original ordinance was drafted and passed in 2001 in response to the unwanted storing of RVs and other oversized vehicles in the community.

“Our current ordinance just isn’t effective,” said Jay Kapitz, a council member.

Vehicles that fall into the oversized category are described by the ordinance as exceeding 25 feet in length and/or 80 inches in width and/or 82 inches in height.

“We were having a problem on a number of streets, such as Golden Eagle, where people were using our streets to store their large recreational vehicles,” said Todd Haines, MAC chair. “The council at that time felt something needed to be done to strengthen the county ordinance.”

At present, residents are only allowed to park oversized vehicles on public streets if they receive a permit from the MAC.

Headed by Kapitz, a committee of seven members proposed three revised versions to the ordinance during the last council meeting.

“We came up with three different versions to present a cross-section of how the community feels about the issue,” Kapitz said.

In Oak Park, oversized vehicles are banned from parking on public streets unless they fall under one of several exceptions to the rule.

Vehicles are pardoned from the ordinance if the owners are preparing for a trip, having repairs made, or picking up or dropping off goods. If publicly owned, displaying a handicap identification license plate, or granted a MAC permit for workor health-related issues, such vehicles are exempt under the ordinance.

The first ordinance revision modifies the definition of a trip as “an excursion outside of the Oak Park community for a continuous period in excess of 24 hours,” and limits the grace period for repairs to 12 hours.

The revision also defines work vehicles as vehicles that are used for employment purposes for at least 16 days out of every month for a period of no fewer than four hours. Under this revised version, owners of work vehicles will also be given the option to park their vehicle on a space that abuts their property, an option not found in the original ordinance.

The revision also grants the MAC the power to revoke issued permits if a permit holder violates terms of the ordinance. First revocations will be for a period of 90 days, followed by 180 days for a second revocation and 360 days for a third incident.

The second revised version of the ordinance adds the stipulation that permits will no longer be granted to individuals after Dec. 31, 2009.

The third version of the new ordinance is similar to the first in that it requires owners of large vehicles to park them in a space abutting their property, but provides the opportunity to park in a public spot if one is not available adjacent to their property. The spot must not be abutting or directly across the street from a single family residence. Vehicle owners will not be allowed to park on Kanan or Lindero Canyon roads south of Kanan Road.

The various revisions were all reviewed and found to be acceptable by Dan Murphy, who handles Oak Park for the Ventura County Counsel’s Office.

The council tabled the revision in order to gather more public opinion on the issue. Members will vote on one of the three options when the MAC resumes meetings in September.

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