Draft ordinance seeks to ban overnight RV parking

Published: Mar. 20, 2017 at 7:01 PM AKDT
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A draft ordinance headed for the Anchorage Assembly would prohibit parking motor homes and other recreational vehicles overnight in commercial lots.

“I think if we’re going to have extended periods of stay it ought to be some place that can handle the trash and the sewer,” said Assembly Member Eric Croft who plans to introduce the ordinance on Tuesday. “There are areas that have the facilities for it have the ability to take the trash and sewage and other things.”

Croft says the ordinance could be changed to allow parking for as many as three days. “But if you’re looking to stay for long term you need to be in the right facility,” said Croft.

Channel Two News spoke with people staying in three separate RVs on both commercial and city property. While they did not wish to be identified, they said the cost to rent a spot in an RV park can exceed $600 per month, more than they said they can afford. One commercial RV park quoted Channel Two News a weekly fee of just over $260 for the summer months.

A similar proposal was drafted by Assembly member Elvi Gray-Jackson in February of 2016, but she decided to not introduce the ordinance after hearing negative feedback from stakeholders and the public.

“I mean we were overwhelmed with emails and phone calls, people were just really, really, mad and it wasn’t even introduced,” said Gray-Jackson.

The draft ordinance also seeks to clarify that RVs in a residential district cannot be used for visitor accommodations beyond 90 days each year.