Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PLANNING, BUILDING AND CODE ENFORCEMENT

DATE: MAY 20, 2003

SUBJECT: ZON2002-00580 (CODE AMENDMENT) – REVISING SECTION 8.24.060 (PROPERTY MAINTENANCE STANDARDS) TO INCLUDE RV PARKING AND STORAGE RESTRICTIONS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

Staff Coordinator: Jan Neth, Senior Code Enforcement Officer

RECOMMENDATION

Adopt Ordinance No. 390 to enact amendments to Section 8.24.060 (Property Maintenance Standards) of Title 8 of the City’s Municipal Code with respect to the parking and storage of recreational and other vehicles on private property.

DISCUSSION

On May 6, 2003, the City Council introduced Ordinance No. 390, amending Section 8.24.060 of the Municipal Code to provide restrictions for the parking and storage of recreational and other vehicles on private property. The City Council approved the amended language and conducted the first reading of Ordinance No. 390 at the May 6th meeting.

If the second reading of Ordinance No. 390 is adopted by the City Council at its May 20th meeting, the effective date of the Ordinance will be June 19, 2003, which is thirty (30) days from the adoption date. At the May 6th meeting, the City Council also agreed that the effectiveness of the ordinance will be reviewed by the Planning Commission after six months of implementation. Therefore, Staff anticipates this review to occur sometime in January 2004. Furthermore, the City council also directed the Traffic Committee to address the issue of street parking of oversize vehicles and report its findings to the Planning Commission at the six month review. Finally, the Council directed Staff to set up a system on the City’s website to receive and chronicle complaints regarding private property and street parking violations.

CONCLUSION

Staff recommends that the City Council adopt Ordinance No. 390 to enact the respective amended language.

Respectfully submitted,
Joel Rojas, AICP
Director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement

Reviewed by:
Les Evans
City Manager

Attachments:

Ordinance No. 390

ORDINANCE NO. 390

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES AMENDING CHAPTER 8.24 (PROPERTY MAINTENANCE) OF TITLE 8 OF THE CITY’S MUNICIPAL CODE TO REGULATE THE PARKING OF CERTAIN VEHICLES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

WHEREAS, on May 21, 2002, the City Council discussed amending the Municipal Code to restrict recreational vehicle (referred herein as "RV's") parking and storage on private property and remanded the issue to the Planning Commission to review; and,

WHEREAS, on November 21, 2002, a notice was published in the Palos Verdes Peninsula News; and,

WHEREAS, after a notice issued pursuant to the provisions of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code, the Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on December 10, 2002, at which time Staff presented information on RV parking on private property and City streets, and possible restrictions for RV parking; and,

WHEREAS, on January 28, 2003, the Planning Commission continued the public hearing, at which time all interested parties were given an opportunity to be heard and present evidence regarding possible amendments to Title 8 as set forth in the Planning Commission Staff Report of that date; and,

WHEREAS, the Planning Commission reviewed and considered the public input and directed Staff to work with a resident representative of the Good Sam Club to draft amendments to Title 8; and

WHEREAS, the Planning Commission reviewed and considered the proposed ordinance and agreed to forward the draft ordinance, with a minor change to the City Council for adoption; and

WHEREAS, on May 6, 2003, the City Council considered the Planning Commission’s recommendation to adopt Ordinance No. 390, at which time all interested parties were given the opportunity to be heard and present evidence:

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES DOES HEREBY FIND, DETERMINE, AND ORDER AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Section 8.24.060 (Prohibited activities and unlawful conditions) of Chapter 8.20 of Title 8 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code is hereby amended by amending paragraphs 5 and 6 thereof to read as follows:

5. Abandoned, wrecked, dismantled or inoperative motorized or non-motorized vehicles, including, but not limited to, automobiles, recreational vehicles, trailers, campers, motorized or non-motorized watercraft, aircraft, or gliders, that are not stored within a fully enclosed structure;

6. Any automobile, recreational vehicle, motor home, house trailer, tent trailer, camper, motorized or non-motorized watercraft, aircraft, glider, or any other operable motorized or non-motorized vehicle or trailer (hereafter referred to collectively as "vehicle") that is not parked or stored in the following manner:

  1. Any vehicle shall be parked overnight or stored only on developed properties.
  2. Any vehicle parked on an essentially direct access driveway shall be parked perpendicular to the street of access.
  3. Any vehicle shall be parked or stored on a driveway or other lawfully installed paved surface so that the entire vehicle fits over the paved surface without overhanging into unpaved areas or into the public right-of-way.
  4. Unless the vehicle is kept or stored within a fully enclosed structure, the vehicle must be kept in a well-maintained condition or be covered with a vehicle cover that was designed for the particular type of vehicle, provided that the cover is continually maintained in good repair.
  5. Unless a temporary guest permit has been issued by the director, no vehicle shall be occupied or used as a second unit for sleeping, cooking, office, or other similar purposes, and no vehicle shall be connected to electricity, water, or sewer lines, except for the temporary purpose of charging batteries, filling water tanks, or legally removing material from any gray and black water tanks. Temporary guest permits shall be issued only for properties that are developed with a residence. A temporary guest permit shall not be effective for more that fourteen calendar days, and no more than three temporary guest permits may be issued for any residence during any calendar year.

Section 2. Chapter 17.96 "Definitions" of Title 17 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code is hereby amended by adding thereto the following definitions in alphabetical order and by renumbering all successive sections of said Chapter to read as follows:

Driveway, direct access.

"Direct access driveway" means a driveway that is perpendicular to the street and provides vehicular access from the street to the garage through a door that is parallel to the street.

Vehicle, recreational.

"Recreational vehicle" means any motor home, camper, house or tent trailer that may be used by persons for temporary occupancy, regardless of whether it has its own motor or is to be towed by a motorized vehicle. Recreational vehicle does not mean a mobile home.

PASSED, APPROVED and ADOPTED this 20th day of May, 2003.

Mayor

ATTEST:

City Clerk

State of California )
County of Los Angeles ) ss
City of Rancho Palos Verdes )

I, JO PURCELL, City Clerk of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes do hereby certify that the whole number of members of the City Council of said City is five; that the foregoing Ordinance No. 390 passed first reading on May 6, 2003, was duly and regularly adopted by the City Council of said City at a regular meeting thereof held on May 20, 2003 and that the same was passed and adopted by the following roll call vote:

AYES:

NOES:

ABSENT:

ABSTAIN:

City Clerk