The city of Mountain View may see some headway on its rollout of a safe parking program this Wednesday, Sept. 4, when the Environmental Planning Commission lays out its recommendations for an ordinance on oversized vehicles like RVs.
At the June 11 meeting, the City Council moved forward with a ban to restrict parking of oversized vehicles, defined as any vehicle over 7 feet high, 7 feet wide and 22 feet in length, from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. every night, starting Jan. 1, 2020.
The city has simultaneously sought to identify sanctioned parking spaces for the over 200 RVs and motorhomes serving as housing that would be displaced by the ban.
Currently, up to 22 safe parking spaces are available in Mountain View, across three sites at faith-based properties and a council-approved temporary site on Terra Bella Avenue.
The city has also approved the use of two city-owned lots, one at Shoreline Amphitheater and another at a Valley Transit Authority lot on Pioneer Way and Evelyn Avenue.
Those two sites could accommodate another 60 vehicles, following the EPC’s recommendations to limit the capacity of each safe parking lot to 30.
The EPC’s drafted ordinance includes previous provisions that were reviewed by the council in June. Among those are requirements for general health and safety regulations, prohibition of outdoor modified cooking equipment or fires, and a prohibition on vehicles that leak sewage.
Notably, the ordinance also stipulates that motorhome dwellers may only use the lots from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., requiring inhabitants to move their vehicle during the day.
The EPC’s plan also advises some modifications, such as removing its 50% capacity limit on the use of striped parking areas and requiring applicants to comply with a stormwater pollution clean-up plan to minimize impacts of litter and spills to the water quality.
Interested members of the public can attend the Sept. 4 meeting, held at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 500 Castro St.