New rules for recreational vehicle parking
Sept. 19, 2017 PLYMOUTH EAGLE.
Plymouth Michigan News
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Parking a recreational vehicle on residential streets in Plymouth Township is about to get very expensive.
The Plymouth Township Board of Trustees recently agreed to new rules which allow the parking of recreational vehicles on public streets for 24 hours. After that time, owners could face a $75 fine.
The new rules were adopted following complaints from several residents who told the trustees that the large recreational vehicles parked in neighborhoods often caused traffic hazards and were eyesores in the community. Residents also expressed concerns that the vehicles could impede emergency vehicles access to residences. During extensive discussion of the issue, Supervisor Kurt Heise commented that there were instances of people actually living in the recreational vehicles.
The new rules were adopted restricting parking of motor homes, boats, trailers, folding tent trailers, pickup-truck campers, utility trailers and travel trailers used to haul motorcycles, snow-mobiles, go-carts and other items on public streets. The 24-hour rule was adopted after consideration of a four-hour limit for the loading and unloading of the vehicles which had been suggested. That suggestion was rejected by the trustees as too restrictive.
Trustee Gary Heitman cast the one dissenting vote on the proposal. The new restriction does not impact the 48-hour time limit a recreational vehicle or trailer can be parked in a private driveway.
Police Chief Tom Tiderington said that officers would respond to complaints from residents about overlong parking but would not be proactively patrolling neighborhoods to enforce the new rules.