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Your City, Your Choice: Should RVs be Able to Park Overnight?

Carlsbad could restrict RV owners from parking overnight on city streets as soon as March 1.

The Carlsbad City Council will soon consider passing a new ordinance that would restrict overnight parking of recreational and oversized vehicles citywide to help address the many complaints by residents, visitors and business owners associated with overnight parking of RVs on city streets. 

A draft of the ordinance is available on the city website and at the Transportation Department, 1635 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA 92008. 

The City Council is tentatively scheduled to consider introducing the ordinance on Jan. 29. If the ordinance is approved it would be brought back for adoption at a subsequent meeting and go into effect 30 days after its adoption. 

Members of the public interested in providing feedback about the ordinance are asked to put comments in writing and send via email to transportation@carlsbadca.gov or to the address above. 

City of Carlsbad Deputy Director of Transportation Bryan Jones said the ordinance has become necessary because overnight parking of RVs on city streets has resulted in many problems and complaints, including RV owners dumping trash and sewage on city streets. 

He noted that other coastal cities restrict overnight parking by RVs and have successfully introduced parking permits to address the problem. In October 2012 the City Council directed staff to draft an ordinance that would prohibit overnight parking of RVs within the City of Carlsbad between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. The ordinance would include exceptions to accommodate the needs of city residents and guests.  Those are as follows: 

  • Yearly residential permit: City of Carlsbad residents who own an RV may apply for a free yearly permit to park their vehicle on a public street at their residence for up to 72 hours. This would allow owners to load and unload vehicles before and after a trip. To reduce impacts on neighbors, residents would be limited to four such three-day allowances per calendar month. Permit holders would be expected to abide by the terms of the permit at the risk of losing the permit, receiving a citation, and having their vehicle towed.
  • Temporary 72 hour permit: Carlsbad residents may apply for a temporary permit to allow a guest to park an RV on a public street at their residence. This permit, also free, would allow residents to have guests with an RV park at their residence for up to 72 hours, six times a year, with a minimum of 24 hours between visits.
  • Commercial property permit: Hotels or motels could allow guests to park RVs next to these inns on public streets if the RV cannot be accommodated in the property’s parking lot. The city would issue each hotel and motel reusable permits that they can give to guests. This exception would apply only while the RV occupants are paying guests of the hotel or motel.

Jones said the vast majority of RV owners are law-abiding and recognize that one of the costs of owning an oversize vehicle includes storage, either on one’s private property or in a storage facility. He said the ordinance isn’t meant to discourage RV owners from visiting Carlsbad, and pointed out that South Carlsbad State Beach and private campgrounds have space for residents and tourists in RVs. “The purpose of this ordinance is to let law abiding residents and their guests enjoy their RVs in a way that does not negatively affect their neighborhood’s health, safety and quality of life,” said Jones. 

–City of Carlsbad

Bobbie Henry January 03, 2013 at 03:30 PM
As a former RVer, I believe the above stated restrictions are fair and user friendly. I loved being able to visit many friends across the country in my movable home, and always looked forward to others visiting me as well. Most RV owners keep their vehicles in pristine condition and. Other than looking 'different' certainly don't impact a neighborhoods attractiveness. This is a wholesome family.friendly adventure that should not be discouraged by laws that are too restrictive and/or controlling.
ReEtte Rios January 03, 2013 at 04:32 PM
As a current RVer, I feel the considered restrictions are fair and reasonable for our RV owners yet protects our city residents from the boondocking occuring on many of our streets by non-residents.
M Clark January 03, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Though plenty of RV'ers only use the street for packing down and such there is a growing number of "squatters". Avenida Encinas is an example of this. The negative result is waste and trash being left on the roadside. I think this needs attention.
D January 03, 2013 at 06:21 PM
I've had a humongous motorhome parked across from my home for month after month of not being moved. The owner does wash the City marks off the tires....but still doesn't move. Politely asking for it to be moved doesn't help.
cwvivi415 January 03, 2013 at 06:55 PM
The restrictions sound fair and reasonable to me. I'm concerned with the fact that some, just some, of the RV'ers are unsavory--according to a police officer I spoke to.
Marlene January 03, 2013 at 10:40 PM
The restrictions make sense and sound fair, especially the permits available to residents. The only thing that doesn't make much sense is the overnight parking restriction time of 2 am to 5 am....I imagine teh abusers; out of town RVers, will find a way to get around this and just move thier vehicle at 2 am and go park in a private lot like a grocery story parking lot until 5 am....
glenn bernard January 04, 2013 at 01:07 AM
RV's are made in America. Life is never perfect. Let's err on the side of more enjoyment (as compared to more hassles) for people who "Buy American." I have never been an RV owner, but this nonsense sounds like the kind of envy regularly displayed by the "Occupy Movement." Occupiers suck.
DRD January 04, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Yeah, I tend to agree with glenn about erring on the side of enjoyment compared to hassles. I think there should be some provision for random travelers to stay 24 hours in the city (each month or something) without a permit. Let's not discourage American exploration altogether. Seems it would be difficult to plan campsite reservations down to the exact day. Stuff happens and campgrounds get booked up. I don't understand why police in Carlsbad "lack the tools" to track RV's. Seems like the best (and relatively easy) solution would be to have a city log of RVs parked in the streets. So if you get a complaint, you log it by license plate and neighborhood. Next time you come across a problem RV (or suspicious) you log it again and see if it's been in the city before and when. If it's been logged for more than x nights in y timeframe then it's a violation of RV parking law. Simple database.
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 09:49 PM
The issue here is simple, but ignored by the majority grade (the sheeple) in this country that unfortunately know how to cleanly and grammatically frame their nonsense into a "fair and user friendly" what? This law will criminalize human existence, pure and simple. There are hundreds of thousands of homeless in California alone. And we should all thank our lucky stars that there is such a thing called an RV, so they don't all freeze, starve, get beat up, shot, have their stuff stollen, be made crazy by a life on the REAL street. For more on the blatant obvious, Rich 760 681-4926, buzz1857@yahoo.com
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Your too stupid for words. If you wish to confront your own developmentally retarded world, please do call: Rich 760 681-4926
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 09:55 PM
There is nothing "fair and friendly" about forcing hundreds to sell their RV and live out of a shoping cart. Are you for real? Try one night on the physical street, and your entire outlook will be so kicked in the ass you won't know which end is up. When you come around, you'll beg for forgiveness of being such a dumb ass toward your fellow human being. For more on the rock, dumb obvious, Rich 760 681-4926
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Boondocking? Another imbecilic intimation. It's called STAYING ALIVE! If a person doesn't have the money to even rent a room, never mind an apartment, would you really want that person to sleep on the side walk? In Carlsad, that's allowed, but if you have a sleeping bag with you that's illegal paraphernalia and it will be taken away from you and you will be criminally cited. Call if you want to live in anything that resembles adulthood, Rich 760 681-4926
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 10:00 PM
One more thing, many of these so called "boondockers" have been here far longer than you, they are in every sense but a fixed residence "a resident." Many originally owned a house, an apartment, a room until they lost it in the recession. And voila, now they are in an RV. How human of us to want to now take that away from them. Rich 760 681-4926
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 10:07 PM
A wish to remain physically alive is "squatting." Really? Let's dump you on the real street in the middle of the night out of no fault of your own and see how you fare. You'd be running screaming to the police station to help you from the dangers and evils of the real street. Let's see: Avenida Encinas periodically is awash with a stench so horrid from the sewage plant no one in their right mind would build a house/apartment on it (which is the case, no such building within a mile of the place, 2, the car dealer customers race their cars so fast along there it can terrorize the most firm hearty, 3, the train makes so much damn noise and vibration when it passes it's never racking at best. And residents a mile or so away have a problem with them staying there? What horse manure. Not one word from you on the human rights of these people to do what they reasonably have to do (while not interfering with the REAL concerns of others) to physically stay alive. You need to do one thing, be very, very ashamed of yourself. For the obvious facts, Rich 760 681-4926
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM
There is already a law on the books in Oceanside that addresses RVs being parked for too long in a neighborhood and it works like a charm. Issue 72 hour warning citation, the RVer needs to move a half mile from site, and not return for 3 or 4 days. This clears out the area, and the RVer isn't made into a pariah or has his human existence rights cut off at the knees. More on the silly, stupid obvious, Rich 760 681-4926
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Let's see: police don't lie (they pushed through federal law allowing them to legally do so everywhere including in court), they don't have an agenda (the more laws and rules they push through the more recession proof work they have for life. And the more they manipulate the sheeple imbeciles residing most cities the more they can control everything about your lives. What don't you like about the life of most cops? "Unsavory." Let's do raids of houses and apartments and seize the buildings and jail the unsavories along with the rest of the people in those targeted enclosures. Does criminalizing human existence sound "fair and reasonable to you, if it was you, or your child, or your mother, or your husband? Have a thought in your head for cryin' out loud. For the stupid, upside down, rightside up obvious facts and evidence about this, Rich 760 681-4926
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Touche. One point never thought to add to the obvious, RVs are made in US. But let's outlaw them if they are used to house the otherwise unhousable. Wow! What kind and generous american spirit. I'm here, so you better live at my standard or your a suspect, unsavory, maybe even a sleazy criminal. The mental illness in this city is deafening. for more on the ridiculously obvious facts on this issue: Rich 760 681-4926
richard shapiro January 18, 2013 at 10:44 PM
The bottom line, RVs must be made a legal alternative to living in a fixed building. It is a viable living quarters, a viable lifestyle, it is heaven sent on the environment, and for a whole host of other reasons it needs to be a part of the american landscape as far as housing goes. If the stupid control freaks want their permits of such, that can be orderly and effectively done where inhabited RVs can be issued a permit, on a yearly basis, pay a certain amount of dow, and be done with it. The crap people waste their short lives on never ceases to drop my jaw down to the ground. Rich on the full dealio of all of this, and/or to help stopping this insane proposed overnight ban of RVs in Carsbad: 760 681-4926

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