ORDINANCE NO

ORDINANCE NO. 390

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES REGULATING THE PARKING OF CERTAIN VEHICLES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY AND AMENDING THE RANCHO PALOS VERDES MUNICIPAL CODE.

WHEREAS, on May 21, 2002, the City Council discussed amending the Municipal Code to restrict recreational vehicle (referred to herein as "RV") 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 Titles 8 and 17, 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 the proposed ordinance; 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;

WHEREAS, on May 20, 2003, the City Council considered minor changes to Ordinance No. 390, amended and introduced Ordinance No. 390; and

WHEREAS, on June 3, 2003, June 17, 2003, July 1, 2003, and July 15, 2003, the City Council considered additional minor changes to Ordinance No. 390 and amended and re-introduced Ordinance No. 390;

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES DOES ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Section 8.24.030 of Chapter 8.20 of Title 8 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code is hereby amended by adding new paragraphs G and H thereto to read as follows:

G. "Vehicle" means a motorized or non-motorized device by which any person or property may be propelled, moved, or drawn upon a highway, including, but not limited to, automobiles, recreational vehicles, trailers, campers, watercraft, aircraft, or gliders. Vehicle does not mean any device moved exclusively by human power.

H. "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.

Section 2. Section 8.24.060 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 vehicles that are not stored within a fully enclosed structure;

"6. Any vehicle that is not parked or stored in the following manner:

    1. Any vehicle shall be parked overnight or stored only on a developed lot or parcel ("lot"), except that one vehicle may be parked or stored on an undeveloped lot if the owner of the vehicle also is the owner of the undeveloped lot or is a member of the lot owner’s immediate family, and the owner of the vehicle lives on a developed lot that is contiguous to the undeveloped lot on which the vehicle is parked or stored, provided that the remaining provisions of this paragraph 6 are met. For the purposes of this paragraph, vehicle includes a trailer, which is attached to a motorized vehicle that tows the trailer, and immediate family includes spouses, registered domestic partners, children, stepchildren, parents, in-laws, grandparents and grandchildren.
    2. Any vehicle parked on a direct access driveway shall be parked essentially perpendicular to the street of access.
    3. Any vehicle that is parked in the front yard or on any other portion of the property that is visible from the street right-of-way 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 landscaped areas, sidewalks, parkways or the street right-of-way.
    4. Any vehicle that is parked in the front yard or any other portion of the property that is visible from the street right-of-way shall be kept in a reasonably well-maintained condition (i.e., no broken windows) or shall be covered with a generic vehicle cover that is designed for the particular type of vehicle, provided that the cover is properly secured and is continually maintained in good repair (i.e., is not torn).
    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 than fourteen calendar days, and no more than three temporary guest permits may be issued for any residence during any calendar year.

Section 3. Chapter 17.96 "Definitions" of Title 17 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code is hereby amended by adding thereto the following definition 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 essentially perpendicular to the street and provides vehicular access from the street to the garage through a door that is parallel to the street.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 5th day of August 2003. 

/s/ Douglas W. Stern Mayor

Attest: 

/s/ Jo Purcell

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 July 15, 2003, was duly and regularly adopted by the City Council of said City at a regular meeting thereof held on August 5, 2003 and that the same was passed and adopted by the following roll call vote:

AYES: Clark, Gardiner, McTaggart and Mayor Pro Tem Ferraro

NOES: None

ABSENT: Mayor Stern

ABSTAIN: None

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City Clerk