The Mountain View City Council fell short of imposing an immediate parking restriction ban on oversized vehicles such as RVs at the council’s lengthy meeting that began Tuesday night (June 11) and went into early Wednesday morning.
In a meeting that lasted until 3:23 a.m., council members directed staff to return in the fall with a modified ordinance addressing the immediate health and safety issues surrounding oversized vehicles. The fall ordinance could also include daytime restrictions in areas such as Eagle and Rengstorff parks and an overnight ban 2-6 a.m. that could take effect by January.
The controversial issue drew dozens of speakers, most opposing the ban. Protesters gathered outside city hall prior to the meeting. The ACLU protested such a move, deeming the ban unconstitutional.
The new ordinance for consideration in the fall would address such factors as oversized vehicles parked near driveways, pedestrian crossings and key bike and pedestrian corridors. The council also directed staff to return with an update next March or April on the impacts of the new ordinance and for the council to consider adoption of a full RV ban effective July 1, 2020.
The council also asked staff to provide recommendations for temporary housing and emergency shelter expansion when the city declares an emergency shelter crisis and continue collaborating with county and regional service providers to increase the housing supply, shelter capacity and “permanent housing opportunities.”
For more on the council’s action, see the June 19 print edition.