Gresham requiring RVs to display permit or expect 'swift enforcement'

Would Gresham's RV policy work in Portland?

GRESHAM, Ore. — Officials in Gresham are ramping up efforts to combat the “heavy impacts” of illegal RV camping on city streets.

Following a city council vote Tuesday night, the city is now requiring RVs parked on residential streets to display a permit, obtainable through a free, online application process.

The new ordinance only allows for RVs to be parked immediately adjacent to occupied single-family homes or duplexes, meaning a permit can only be issued to the owners of those properties.

The entire Portland metropolitan region has seen a sharp uptick in illegally parked RVs on neighborhood streets, heavily impacting safety, livability and transportation mobility. This code change gives us the tools we need to handle these situations expediently, without overly burdening residents who are temporarily loading or unloading their RVs. — Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis

Permitted RVs will only be allowed to remain at that spot for 72 hours, and residents are eligible for up to six permits a year. No permit is required for immediate loading or unloading.

According to a news release out Wednesday, RVs without a permit will experience “swift enforcement."

“The entire Portland metropolitan region has seen a sharp uptick in illegally parked RVs on neighborhood streets, heavily impacting safety, livability and transportation mobility,” said Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis. “This code change gives us the tools we need to handle these situations expediently, without overly burdening residents who are temporarily loading or unloading their RVs.”

In 2015, the city of Gresham tracked 74 code enforcement cases related to RVs.

That number jumped to 212 in 2016.

VIDEO: Portland neighbors fed up with abandoned RVs

 

Portland city officials have admitted they’re overwhelmed with the number of complaints related to illegal RV camping.

Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman told KGW in April he worries about lawsuits if the city moves too fast against the homeless in the RVs.

“Part of the issue is there are so many we don’t have a place to store them right now. Our towing contractor is literally full with RVs and abandoned autos,” said Saltzman.

© 2017 KGW-TV


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