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Santa Cruz City Council Bans RV Overnight Parking, Plans For Alternatives

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Santa Cruz‘ (California) ordinance banning oversized vehicles from parking in city streets from midnight until 5 a.m. was approved on Tuesday night, a report said.

The incident comes following a series of heated disputes between council members and the community members who have voiced their opposition.

The city has to make a minimum of 30 parking spaces and safe parking programs within the next four months.

The ordinance was first introduced in September by Vice Mayor Sonja Brunner as well as Councilmembers Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson and Renee Golder.

The city staff has presented information on the data, health, and environmental consequences of keeping large vehicles in the streets. Since then, Brunner said, the group has been in contact with community organizations, health service providers, as well as RV dwellers to determine the future steps.

Deputy City Manager Lee Butler said that the ordinance defines oversized vehicles as 20 or more feet long, or eight or more feet high and seven feet wide. 

Alongside the ban, these vehicles will not be permitted to use electric, gas, and utility connections. Open fires, unattached trailers, maintaining unsanitary and unsafe conditions, as well as parking 100 feet from intersections will be prohibited.

The ordinance was passed on a 5-2 vote and is scheduled to take effect in 30 days.

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