Schenectady council sets hearing on RV parking rules
SCHENECTADY RV owners might want to start looking for a storage lot.
The City Council is considering legislation that would ban RVs over a certain length or weight from parking on residential streets.
A public hearing has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, June 9, at City Hall, but no details of the proposal have been determined yet. Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett suggested adding “all vehicles” to the current parking ban on commercial vehicles of more than one ton and with at least six wheels. But dealers at Albany RV said most RVs have a capacity of at least two tons. They recommended a law that bans parking based on the length of the vehicle.
The longest RV for sale is 45 feet, with the average RV measuring 35 to 36 feet, they said. They recommended banning RVs over the 36-foot mark from parking on city streets.
The issue arose because an owner has been routinely parking his very long RV on Third Avenue, Councilman Vince Riggi said.
“This is big. It’s like a tour bus,” he said. “You can’t see around it.”
He said he’s gotten at least 20 complaints, but police can’t ticket the owner because his vehicle is technically a residential vehicle, which can park on any city street.
“It’s legal,” Riggi said. “This thing does not belong on any city street. It’s like having a tractor-trailer on your street.”
He added that he doesn’t want to pass a law so strict that no RV can be parked on the street.
“I want to see anything over a certain size, like this,” he said. “When they’re the size of this thing, it’s just out of control.”
Councilwoman Leesa Perazzo said she wants to make sure the RV legislation isn’t so broad that it affects other vehicles, like one-ton trucks with six wheels.
“For some people, that’s their primary vehicle,” she said.
Many RV owners park their vehicles in their driveways, but there are options for those who don’t have a driveway or don’t have one long enough to fit their RV. There is an RV storage center on Chrisler Avenue where owners can rent spaces. The arrangement is similar to that of boaters who rent parking spaces for their boats in the offseason.
Boats cannot be parked on city streets, regardless of their size.