|City Council Modifies RV Parking Amendment|
|Friday, 23 August 2013 13:37|
The Oskaloosa City Council held a work session on Monday night (Aug.19) to discuss changes to the recreational vehicle parking code.
The council modified the Planning and Zoning Commission's proposed amendment. Originally, the commission's code change stated that RVs can't be parked, or stored, within 20 feet of the curb. That number has been changed from 20 feet to 10 feet. The council will vote on the issue at its next meeting on Sep. 2.
The P&Z Commission originally proposed the following changes to the Oskaloosa code (Chapter 17.28.080) regarding the parking of recreational vehicles in a property:
According to Chapter 17.04.030 of the code, an RV is defined as “a vehicle towed or self-propelled on its own chassis or attached to the chassis of another vehicle and designed or used for temporary dwelling, recreational, or sporting purposes. Recreational vehicles include, but are not limited to, travel trailers; campers; motor coach homes; converted buses and trucks, boats, and boat trailers.”
Heavy commercial vehicles are trucks, tractor cab units, trailers, recreational vehicles, boats over twenty-five feet in length and vehicles over ten tons gross empty weight.
The current code only allows RVs to be parked on a property's paved driveway (which can be asphalt, concrete or brick) if they do not exceed 25 feet in length or eight feet in height.
The commission chose 13 feet and six inches as the height restriction because that’s the maximum allowed height on Iowa roadways, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation Truck Information Guide. The Iowa DOT also has length (page 15 of the guide) and weight (page 16) regulations for vehicles. That’s why the commission decided to not include restrictions on those parameters. According to Bowling RV from Ottumwa, campers range from 25 feet to 45 feet in length. The maximum length allowed for vehicles on Iowa roadways are: