Options include a pilot program as well as a citywide ordinance.
Councilmember Kevin Faulconer is back in the driver's seat, hoping to steer San Diego closer to an ordinance that would regulate parking RV's, boats, and trailers on city streets.
Faulconer has tried for years to get oversized vehicles off the streets of San Diego and away from popular beaches and the bay. In 2008 Faulconer had to pull the plug on a previous ordinance due to budget constraints and fears that the $2 million price tag for enforcement of the policy would be a drag on San Diego's General Fund.
Now with the support from Lorie Zapf, Faulconer is back with a newly updated ordinance, one that includes restrictions on all motorized and non-motorized vehicles and trailers.
"The proliferation of illegally parked oversized vehicles on City streets is a public safety, quality of life and environmental issue that has an acute impact on San Diego's visitor-serving beach and bay communities" wrote Faulconer in a October 12 memo.
On Wednesday, March 27, the Land Use and House Committee will discuss two proposals. The first would create a pilot program in areas west of Interstate 5 and north of Downtown. The other would establish a citywide ordinance.
Each ordinance would forbid owners of oversized vehicles from parking on City streets for the purpose of selling items, or repairing vehicles, unless in the case of an emergency. Owners would also not be allowed to wash or polish any oversized vehicle in a business district or "through highway." Nor would they be permitted to sleep in the vehicle at night or leave the vehicle unattended for more than 72-hours without a valid permit. Fines for each offense would be $100.
According to a report from the Independent Budget Analyst, the program would cost a substantial amount of money to get off the ground. In the analysis, San Diego's budget analyst estimates start-up costs would exceed $900,000 for the pilot program near beaches and the bay and $2.13 million for a citywide ordinance.
But the City wouldn't be losing that money entirely. Projections from the Independent Budget Analyst shows that the City would recoup that money and some extra from permit fees and citations. A little over $1.1 million could be collected from tickets and permits if the City Council moved forward with the pilot program for areas west of I-5 and north of Downtown. In a citywide program, revenues are expected to come in around $2.8 million a year, for a profit of $730,773.
The Land Use and Housing Committee will discuss the proposal at 2pm on Wednesday.