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From: Deirdre Martin <deirdre4council@gmail.com
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Date: February 7, 2019 at 11:57 AM 
Subject: RV Parking in Pacifica 

There has been a lot of buzz generated in the community lately about RV parking and related topics of interest such as homelessness, waste, changing neighborhoods and the vehicularly housed.  Last year's council conducted a study session and directed staff to research options for helping to mitigate RV parking and potentially related issues.  This coming Monday the new council will receive the report from city staff and will be asked to provide direction.  

 

I encourage you to read through the report.  Whatever your stance on the subject, I also encourage you to reach out to your council members and let them know how you feel.  You are also invited to show up and speak on this item (7pm Council Chambers). 

 

I do not believe this is an either/or issue.  There are so many related topics that a complete prohibition of RV parking does not seem like the answer. Let's come up with creative solutions together!  Let's remember that we are a kind and compassionate community. I am interested in your feedback.

 

I've copied the report below but it looks better if you paste the link below in your browser and go to packet page 247 to read through for yourself.

 

Thanks for your attention.

 

Peace,

Deirdre

 

 

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 CITY OF PACIFICA COUNCIL AGENDA SUMMARY REPORT 2/11/2019 1 SUBJECT: Report to City Council Regarding Parking Ordinance Amendments Related to Recreational Vehicles and Safe Parking Programs RECOMMENDED ACTION: Provide direction to the City Manager regarding potential parking ordinance amendments and Safe Parking program. STAFF CONTACT: Daniel Steidle, Chief of Police 650-738-7314 steidled@pacificapolice.org BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION: 2018 Study Session Review During goal setting for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, Council placed “Review Issues and Determine Next Steps Regarding Recreational Vehicles and the Homeless” on the list of Council prioritized projects. On July 9, 2018, City Council held a study session on homelessness in Pacifica which concentrated on the growing problem of recreational vehicle (“RV”) parking. The purpose of the study session was to begin a dialogue regarding the issue. During the study session, staff presented the problem of an influx of RVs in Pacifica that have created a health and safety issue, with complaints being received regarding the dumping of trash onto the streets, and the draining of human waste (black water) onto streets and into storm drains. Existing ordinances do not prohibit the parking of RVs or other types of oversized vehicles and trailers (collectively referred to as “RVs”) in Pacifica. In addition to the health and safety issues, community member complaints have been received relating to RVs, often in a state of disrepair, parked near their residences or businesses. At the study session, Councilmembers brought forth the following related to RV parking for further staff research: Š Parking ordinance amendment possibilities to address RV parking issues Š Safe parking programs, where homeless community members may lawfully park overnight Š Line of sight problems created by large vehicles such as RVs which are difficult for motorists to see around, especially at intersections Š The potential for a City waste disposal site where RV occupants can lawfully dump waste water 6 Packet Pg. 247 Pacifica City Council 2 February 11, 2019 The report and minutes from the July 9, 2018, study session is provided as Attachment 1. Resident/Business Owner Concerns Regarding RV Parking Complaints regarding RV parking often come from Pacifica residents and members of the business community. Comments received include concerns about some RVs improperly disposing of waste, both garbage and wastewater, with litter gathering around the RVs. In addition, the City’s Economic Development Manager has received feedback on this issue from some business owners, real estate brokers, residents and potential business owners looking to invest/develop in Pacifica. Input generally reflects that the RVs don’t make the neighborhoods or business districts very inviting for business activity or new/re-development. Many RVs appear to be permanent fixtures parked on the streets; in the case of trailers, the vehicles that brought them to their locations have been detached, and blocks/bricks have been installed on the street to hold trailers in place. The Economic Development Manager also noted that not all business owners & residents that he has spoken with are opposed to RVs. Current Practices Addressing RV Parking in Pacifica The Police Department is usually the primary contact for community members when RVs are identified as creating a health and safety issue, such as dumping of trash onto streets, and the draining of human waste (black water) onto streets and into storm drains. Police officers will typically assess the situation to determine the applicable regulations (as discussed in more detail below), whether there is a violation of those regulations, and the threat to health and safety presented by the violation. Police Department staff works to maintain a balance of compassion and enforcement. The primary goal for police officers is to work to connect those in need of housing assistance with services to assist them, while at the same time addressing health and safety issues with enforcement, when necessary. The Police Department maintains a positive and collaborative relationship with the Pacifica Resource Center, often referring homeless persons for assistance. The Department also works with the San Mateo County Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) to provide further services. Department personnel work with HOT case workers to identify those in need of more urgent services. Officers trained in crisis intervention (CIT) work to identify those that may need additional assistance due to substance abuse/addiction or those suffering from mental health issues. Staff believes that although the homeless continue to be present in Pacifica, available local resources are being well utilized. In addition, other methods to assist the homeless are continually being sought. On December 10, 2018, Council adopted a resolution declaring an unsheltered crisis in Pacifica which enables staff to seek funding for homeless programs through the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funding, a one-time state grant program made possible by SB 850. HEAP funding will be administered by San Mateo County through an RFP process. The parameters of the funding are yet to be developed. At this time, this funding source is the only potential grant funding staff has identified to assist with Pacifica’s homeless issues. However, regional and statewide concern about the homeless challenge continues to grow, and staff will continue to track additional potential funding sources and solutions that may arise. 6 Packet Pg. 248 Pacifica City Council 3 February 11, 2019 Current Parking Ordinance Currently, the following Pacifica Municipal Code (PMC) ordinances exist that may be used to regulate parking of RVs. It is the experience of the Police Department that these ordinances have been ineffective in responding to the health and safety concerns presented with the influx of RVs on City streets. PMC Sec. 5-2.03. - Violations: Abatement states in relevant part: Š (a) No person who owns or has the possession, custody, or control of any vehicle shall park such vehicle or leave the vehicle standing upon any highway for a period of more than seventy-two (72) consecutive hours. PMC section 5-2.03 is not specific to RVs but rather, applies to all vehicles parked for a period of more than 72 hours. Commonly, these violations are reported to the Police Department which triggers the vehicle being marked with a warning notice placed on the windshield to move within 72 hours. Police staff will return to check markings to see if the vehicle has been moved. If it has not, it may be cited and towed if the citation is not appealed. Occupants normally move the vehicles, only to receive complaints in the new location. Sometimes, the vehicles are driven, then returned to the original location, which is lawful. As such, the 72-hour ordinance is ineffective in addressing the complaints received regarding RVs parked beyond the 72 hour maximum. PMC Section 4-7.1204, Parking of Recreational Vehicles, Boats and Mobile Homes on Public Streets, states in relevant part: (b) The Traffic Engineer is authorized to erect signs indicating no parking of mobile homes, recreational vehicles or boats on public streets where such parking, in her or his professional opinion, would interfere with aesthetics, ocean views, parking, traffic, or otherwise create a safety concern. (c) Where official signs authorized by the provisions of this section are in place, no person shall stop, stand or park a mobile home, recreational vehicle, or boat contrary to the provisions of such signs. PMC section 4-7.1204 is specific to RVs, boats and mobile homes (as defined in PMC section 4-7.1204 (a)) parked on City streets. Currently, there are no Pacifica streets designated as "no parking" for RVs. It is the opinion of staff that if signage were erected on certain streets where complaints are commonly received, the RVs would simply move to other locations in Pacifica, creating complaints at the new location. PMC Sec. 4-7.1114. - Use of automobiles, campers, and trailers for human habitation on public property, states in relevant part: (b) No person shall use, occupy, or permit the use or occupancy of any automobile, truck, camper, house car, mobile home, recreational vehicle, trailer, trailer coach, or similar conveyance for human habitation on any public property, including any park, beach, square, avenue, alley, or other public way, within the City between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., except where such use occurs lawfully in areas officially designated for such purpose by the City. 6 Packet Pg. 249 Pacifica City Council 4 February 11, 2019 This regulation makes it unlawful to use any vehicle for human habitation between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Officers responding to complaints of habitation in an RV usually do attempt to make contact with occupants, who often refuse to open the door or acknowledge the officer’s presence. Therefore it is difficult to show that the person who parked the RV intended to establish a temporary or permanent place for human occupancy in violation of PMC section 4- 7.1114. PMC 9-4.2809. - Parking Vehicles and Construction Equipment, states in relevant part: (b) No person shall park any motor vehicle, automobile, house car, bus camper shell, trailer coach, trailer, semitrailer, truck, truck tractor, tractor, motorcycle, or boat on a vacant lot or parcel, unless such use is authorized by a use permit, as set forth in Article 33 of this chapter, and such lot or parcel used for such purpose is surfaced and maintained in accordance with the requirements of such use permit. (e) No person shall park, stand, or store any motor vehicle, automobile, house car, bus, camper, camper shell, trailer coach, trailer, semitrailer, truck, truck tractor, tractor, motorcycle, or boat upon private property in any commercial district, unless such vehicle is parked, stored, or standing in conjunction with a business located on the property and with the permission of the property owner. (f) No lot or parcel, or portion thereof, in a commercial district designated and surfaced for off-street parking shall be used for the parking or storage of motor vehicles, automobiles, house cars, buses, campers, camper shells, trailer coaches, trailers, semitrailers, trucks, truck tractors, tractors, motorcycles, or boats, unless such vehicles are parked or stored in conjunction with a business located on the property and with the permission of the property owner.” PMC section 9-4.2809 may be used for RVs parked in private parking lots, such as shopping malls. RESEARCH Staff reviewed ordinances and spoke with staff from other jurisdictions to learn what ordinances were in existence to address these parking issues. Staff from other San Mateo County jurisdictions indicated that RV parking had increased in recent years. Some jurisdictions reported there was not a problem requiring action, while others had addressed the problem with local parking ordinances. Some examples of San Mateo County jurisdictions that regulate RV parking are listed below. Parking Ordinances California Vehicle Code section 22507 provides that a local jurisdiction may, by ordinance or resolution, prohibit or restrict the stopping, parking, or standing of vehicles, including, but not limited to, vehicles that are six feet or more in height (including any load thereon) within 100 feet of any intersection, on certain streets or highways, or portions thereof, during all or certain hours of the day. In many jurisdictions, RVs are regulated through “oversized vehicle” parking ordinances, which prohibit parking of RVs and other vehicles meeting certain length, width and/or height specifications. Of the ordinances reviewed, oversized vehicles did not include standard sized passenger vehicles, vans or large pick-up trucks. Vehicles included based on size requirements tend to be RVs, larger commercial vehicles, or pickup trucks with large campers (cab-over/slide in style). 6 Packet Pg. 250 Pacifica City Council 5 February 11, 2019 Š Half Moon Bay: No parking of oversized vehicles on city streets between 2 a.m.-5 a.m. Š Menlo Park: No parking of any vehicle in certain residential zones or within 300 feet of a residential zone between 2 a.m.-5 a.m. Š Foster City: Vehicles which are over six feet six inches, in height or more than twentyfive feet in length shall not be parked on any public street except for a maximum of 72 consecutive hours for loading, unloading, cleaning, and routine maintenance and repair purposes only or with permission of the police department for the purpose of visitor parking which shall only be allowed for a maximum period of ten days Š Daly City: No parking of oversized vehicles on any street 2 a.m.-6 a.m. Š Burlingame: No trailer or RV parking on any street between 7 p.m.-7 a.m. Š East Palo Alto: No parking of oversized vehicles and trailers on city streets between 2 a.m.-5 a.m. No parking of oversized vehicles on a city street within 75 feet of an intersection. Examples of ordinances addressing this issue outside of San Mateo County are as follows: Š El Segundo: No trailer parking anytime on any city street. No parking of an oversized vehicle or RV on a city street between 2 a.m.-6 a.m. No RV or oversized vehicle parking within 25 feet of any intersection. Š San Diego: No oversized vehicle or RV parking on any city street between 2 a.m.-6 a.m. No parking of oversized vehicle or RV within 50 feet of an intersection. Š Gardena: No RV parking on a city street between 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Š Rancho Cucamonga: No RV, camper or boat parking on any city street no longer than 1 hour between 2 a.m.-6 a.m. Š Morgan Hill: No oversized vehicle parking on a public street located immediately adjacent to real property located in a residential zone, except for the purpose of loading or unloading or unplanned inoperability. May not be parked longer than 10 hours in these instances. Safe Parking Programs Safe Parking programs are designed to remove vehicles from City streets, giving homeless community members living in their vehicles a safe place to lawfully park and sleep. Some programs require participants to move from the lot each morning, while others allow vehicles to remain in the designated parking area for a period of time. Safe Parking programs are often connected with non-profit groups to manage and oversee the program operation. Designated parking areas are commonly on private property, with fewer being located on City property. Below are several examples of Safe Parking programs that have been implemented in other jurisdictions. Š Morgan Hill FOCUS Safe Parking Program-Operating in South County since September 2017, funded through a contract with the City of Morgan Hill, operated by Gilroy Compassion Center. The program provides case management to link 6 Packet Pg. 251 Pacifica City Council 6 February 11, 2019 clients to services and housing. It serves eight vehicles at a time and is located at a church site. Morgan Hill Police Department provided seed money to begin this program via a Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) grant. BSCC funding was a one-time source of funds. Pacifica used the BSCC grant funding ($32,000) to assist in funding LiveMoves. LiveMoves is an organization that provides San Mateo County with the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), a team of specially trained case managers focused on helping chronically homeless individuals move off the streets and secure stable housing. Š Rotating Safe Park Program in the West Valley Region-This program was initially launched in spring 2017 at St. Jude Episcopal Church with referral assistance of West Valley Community Services. Currently, it is being operated as a Rotating Safe Park program in partnerships with faith sites and other organizations in Saratoga, Cupertino, and San Jose. The rotating program serves 12 to 15 vehicles at a time. Š East Palo Alto Project We Hope Safe Parking Pilot Program-Launched the program in September 2018. Project We Hope (PWH) is the nonprofit operator of the program funded by the City of East Palo Alto. The city provides a city-owned lot to serve up to 20 vehicles. The program provides case management to link clients to services and housing. Funding for the program implementation included $118,000 from the city's general fund surplus and $200,000 from the voter-approved Measure O, a residential rental business license tax. Š City of San Jose Safe Parking Pilot Program-Recently selected a provider, nonprofit LifeMoves, for a safe parking program on city-owned property. The program intends to serve 8 to 16 vehicles and began in fall 2018 at a cost of $250,00 to the City for 7 months. The program serves families with young children. Š Mountain View Lots of Love (LoL)-The new Mountain View nonprofit operator has been in operation for just under three months and has been focused on startup needs such as staffing, neighborhood outreach, and coordinating operations at the faith sites. The County’s Housing and Homeless Concerns Coordinator provided overall guidance on the pilot startup and operational plan. The City of Mountain View provided $55,300 in funding for this pilot program, with the County of Santa Clara providing $287,525. Safe Parking programs require a location for vehicles to park, City or privately owned, as well as funding to maintain the program. Safe Parking programs also tend to provide connection to services intended to assist participants in finding shelter, drug addiction assistance and mental health services. Police Chief Steidle spoke with Anita Rees, Executive Director of the Pacifica Resource Center regarding assistance with a Safe Parking program. Director Rees pledged the assistance of the Resource Center should a program come to fruition. Several challenges to implementing a Safe Parking program in Pacifica are evident to staff. The primary challenges are funding such a program and location. With difficult fiscal constraints, the City does not have the funds available to create and sustain a Safe Parking program on its own. Even if a start-up and on-going operations funding source could be secured via a non-profit organization or through grant funding, a suitable location would still need to be secured. There would likely be significant concerns raised by the community regarding any potential location identified. As staff has relayed to Council on several occasions regarding this issue, it is often the case that individuals express compassion for homeless persons who are often residing in RVs. However, when these vehicles begin parking in their neighborhoods or near their businesses, attitudes shift towards wanting these vehicles to park “someplace else.” Should Council decide to direct staff to research a Safe Parking program further, community 6 Packet Pg. 252 Pacifica City Council 7 February 11, 2019 acceptance of a suitable location would need to be explored. Additionally, if the site for a Safe Parking program were located on City property, legal concerns regarding tenancy and liability for injuries or incidents that may occur on the site would need to be considered and adequately addressed. Finally, any Safe Parking program in the City, either on City property or private property would need to address waste. Concerns still exist over the dumping of trash and waste water, absent a local dump station. Waste Dump Sites Public health and safety concerns regarding wastewater (black water) from RVs that are occupied by persons parking in Pacifica have increased with the increase of RVs parked in the City. Staff has received complaints regarding the dumping of this waste in street gutters and on City streets. The local RV resort located at 700 Palmetto Avenue does not allow for dumping of waste by vehicles not renting a space on their premises. The closest RV dump sites are located in Half Moon Bay and Redwood City. Cities that have implemented a Safe Parking program have addressed the waste issue in different ways. The City of Mountain View, in their study of RV parking issues in 2017, researched the cost of constructing a facility for RV wastewater dumping and determined that the estimated cost was between $150,000- $250,000, depending on the location of the facility. In addition to the construction costs, the City of Mountain View determined that there would also be ongoing costs to maintain and staff the site. The City of Mountain View elected not to construct the RV wastewater dumping facility. In the East Palo Alto Safe Parking program, vouchers redeemable for RV waste dumping at a site in Redwood City are provided to participants. The Pacifica Calera Creek Water Recycling Plant has no facility for RVs to dump waste water on site. Constructing such a facility on site would not be feasible as there is no room for a facility of this nature. No independent cost analysis has been conducted by staff at this time. Public Works Deputy Director Sun also advised there is no mechanism available for RVs to connect to a city sewage line outside of the plant. RESEARCH CONCLUSIONS If the Council were to direct the City Manager to begin amending the parking ordinance to restrict RV vehicle parking, such amendments could be accomplished within a few months before being brought back to the Council for consideration. Restricting the hours of RV parking may serve to address the health and safety issues presented by the increase in RV parking on City streets. Restricting parking hours to daytime hours allows for anyone to visit and conduct business, and enjoy Pacifica’s scenery during the daytime. As most businesses are closed by 10 p.m. in Pacifica, and begin opening after 6 a.m., this time period is reasonable to allow those in RVs to conduct business and enjoy the amenities and services available. Parking ordinances in other cities related to the parking of RVs near intersections vary. Staff believes that a 50-foot buffer between RVs and an intersection would provide enough visibility at intersecting roadways and address the health and safety issues that arise from poor visibility at an intersection. Creating a Safe Parking program, unless funded and operated by a third party, would be cost prohibitive for the City. Currently, no funding sources have been identified to fund a program, and it is unknown if Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) funding will be available to the City. While Governor Newsom has earmarked monies for homelessness in the 2019-2020 State of California budget proposal, it is unknown at this time how much of these monies will be realized in the final budget, and whether monies will be available for local jurisdictions to create 6 Packet Pg. 253 Pacifica City Council 8 February 11, 2019 Safe Parking programs. In addition to funding concerns, a suitable site for this program that is acceptable to the community would also need to be located. In addition, the problems associated with RV waste water disposal in the community would still remain, absent a viable dump site, and constructing and operating a dump site would be expensive. RECOMMENDATIONS 1. The City Manager recommends the City Council’s consideration of the following amendments to the Municipal Code relating to parking of RVs: Š Prohibit the parking of RVs on any city street between the hours of 10 p.m. - 6 a.m. Definitions would include cab-over/slide in type campers and house cars (A motor vehicle originally designed, or permanently altered, and equipped for human habitation). Š Provide an exemption to allow loading/unloading for trips or cleaning of the vehicle for up to 24 hours with a special temporary parking permit that would be issued by the Police Department. Š Prohibit parking of RVs within 50 feet of an intersection. If the Council were to direct the development of these ordinance amendments and subsequently adopt them, staff would undertake a process to educate those persons parking RVs, oversized vehicles and trailers overnight so that they may seek alternative parking options. In addition, Police Department staff would educate those living in RVs overnight on City streets regarding the ordinance changes and would increase efforts to connect these community members with services through the Pacifica Resource Center and through the Homeless Outreach Team. The recommended process in implementing an amended parking ordinance would initially be to assist in connecting those in need with services, provide opportunity for compliance, then take enforcement action if necessary. The City Manager recommends that this process take place over a 4-month period after any adopted ordinance takes effect, and prior to any enforcement action. 2. The City Manager does not recommend further active research or action at this time relating to a Safe Parking program in Pacifica due to the start-up and operating financial challenges and siting challenges, other than continuing to track potential state funding sources and other state activities for such programs, continuing to track potential site offers from private property owners, and continuing to seek funding through HEAP and other sources for potential future programs in collaboration with the Pacifica Resource Center to serve Pacifica homeless community members. COUNCIL DIRECTION REQUESTED The City Manager requests the following direction from Council: 1) Does Council desire that staff bring back an amendment to the Municipal Code relating to parking ordinance as recommended by the City Manager, or alternative amendments discussed and directed by the Council? 2) Does Council agree with the City Manager’s recommendation concerning not conducting further research at this time into a Safe Parking program? If the Council does not agree, what additional research or action does the Council desire? 6 Packet Pg. 254 Pacifica City Council 9 February 11, 2019 ALTERNATIVE ACTION: The Council may choose to consider the following alternatives: 1. Request further information be brought back for additional Council discussion and consideration; 2. Approve the City Manager’s recommendation for parking ordinance amendments, but with alternative amendments as discussed and approved by the Council; 3. Direct the City Manager to actively pursue discussions with potential private property owners with the potential for space for a Safe Parking program, with the City Manager to return to the Council with information about other projects/work to be deferred in order to accommodate staff time for this work task. RELATION TO CITY COUNCIL GOALS AND WORK PLAN: “A Healthy and Compassionate Community” includes addressing health and safety issues created by parking of RVs in City streets as well as continuing to work with homeless community members to connect them with services. “Maintaining a Safe Community” includes addressing health and safety issues created by parking of RVs in City streets. FISCAL IMPACT: The fiscal impact related to accepting this report and providing direction to staff is limited to staff time unless amendments to the Municipal Code are requested, which will require additional legal review and expenditures to the City Attorney budget. Further fiscal impacts may be realized depending on Council direction provided. ORIGINATED BY: Police ATTACHMENT LIST: Attachment 1 - 2018-07-09 City Council - Public Minutes (PDF)    

 

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