In the fall of 2017, Staff briefed City Council regarding the option to restrict the parking of trailers and semi-trailers in residential areas overnight regardless of size and included a recommendation to make minor revisions to the City Code to clarify the regulation of trailers and semi-trailers. Council indicated a preference to not change the City Code to restrict trailer and semi-trailer parking overnight in residential areas, but acknowledged the need to make the other minor revisions to the language of the ordinance in order to provide better clarity to City enforcement staff and the public, as discussed in detail below.
The following items are included in this ordinance amendment:
1. Height measurement of trailer/semi-trailer – Sections 22-1 and 22-162.1 have historically been interpreted to measure the height of the trailer from some point on the bottom of the trailer to the highest point on the top. There are several different points at the bottom to measure from, resulting in the need to define a specific point. Practice suggests that the ground elevation be the point of measurement and is the recommended datum point for measurement. In changing this measurement point, it is necessary to reassess the maximum height restriction such that current trailers/semi-trailers are not impacted. Staff has evaluated exiting trailers/semi-trailer and determined that a height of nine feet as measured from the ground would accommodate trailers/semi-trailers that measure seven feet from the bottom of the trailer bed. The resulting change in measurement technique and maximum height provides the easiest method and would not prohibit current trailer/semi-trailer users from parking on the street.
2. Semi-trailer - Section 162.2 of the City Code prohibits large trailers from parking in areas zoned residential or used for residential purposes; however, large semi-trailers are not prohibited because the definition of Oversize Commercial Vehicle did not include semi-trailers. Most "trailers" used by residents are actually by definition semi-trailers, and leaving off semi-trailers was likely inadvertently done when the original ordinance was adopted. The proposed City Code revisions will prohibit semi-trailers more than 20 feet in length from end to end, and more than seven feet in width at their widest point, or more than nine feet in height from the ground to the highest point from parking on-street in areas zoned residential or used for residential purposes, which mirrors the prohibition of large trailers.
3. Other minor revisions are being included to address the use of the terms "vehicle" and "motor vehicle" used interchangeably under Section 22-159 of the City Code, to delete the redundant definition of Oversize Commercial Vehicle under Section 22-162.1, to change "oversized" to "oversize" under Section 162.2 of the City Code to match the definition, and to amend the titles only for Sections 22-162.3 and 22-162.4 to make the title structure consistent with other sections.
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