COLORADO SPRINGS – An ordinance to prevent recreational vehicles from lining the streets of Colorado Springs goes into effect April 10th, but won’t be enforced until June.
City Council approved the ordinance Tuesday night following a more than 2-month hold on a discussion that started last year.
More time was requested to allow anyone who lives in an RV to find an alternative place to stay. Violators are subject to having their vehicle towed away. A first-time violation is $25, second-time $100, a third violation means a $125 fine, and a fourth will land someone in court.
A prior version of the ordinance limited enforcement to residential streets (as did the prior ordinance in effect), but that changed as Colorado Springs Police logged vehicles parked in industrial areas as well.
“Any recreational vehicle parked on a street or highway, alley, public roadway, or other public right of way for a period of time greater than that necessary for the expeditious loading and unloading of passengers or property.”
Police reported to council with information on an uptick in RV parking across the city in 2018.
During discussions of the ordinance, council members and police addressed criticism of creating more laws to target the homeless, like the camping ban near bodies of water. They responded by pointing out RV owners who live in these units may bring unsanitary conditions by not following city code in regards to wastewater.