By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver
(Aurora, Colo.) Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman postponed Monday a discussion about cracking down on RVs parked in the city.
Coffman said city staff wants more time to work on the proposed ordinance, which would restrict RVs to parking 24 hours in one spot in a seven-day period. “Currently Aurora allows a recreational vehicle to park on a public right-of-way for up to five days,” according to a memo from the City Attorney’s Office to the council. “This ordinance reduces the five days to twenty-four hours during any seven day period to be as strict as Denver’s ordinances.” RVs and campers in violation of the ordinance would be towed and impounded.
Coffman sponsored the legislation. “Currently, Aurora’a unlawful vehicle definition is more strict than Denver’s vehicle junker definition,” according to the memo. “The city is keeping its unlawful vehicle definition unchanged.”
Coffman said Monday the owners of broken-down RVs could push their vehicles from Denver into Aurora.
Mayor asked to bring proposal to committee
City Council member Juan Marcano asked the mayor if he would first bring his proposed ordinance to the Housing, Neighborhood Services and Redevelopment Committee for its consideration. Coffman replied that he would consider it “but not commit to it.” He said the legislation should be ready for discussion in a couple of weeks.
Legislation customarily goes through a committee first before the City Council considers it at a study session. Sometimes members skip the committee step, however.
Coffman wants Aurora RV laws to match Denver’s
Coffman wants to make Aurora’s parking ordinances at least as strict if not stricter than Denver’s. “This ordinance makes provisions for impounding a recreational vehicle actively being used to provide occupancy as a dwelling or sleeping place to match Denver’s ordinance,” according to the memo. “An unoccupied recreational vehicle in violation of Aurora’s parking regulation can be removed from the public right-of-way 24 hours after having been cited with a parking violation. If the recreational vehicle is in violation of Aurora’s parking regulations and is actively being used for occupancy the city will not remove the vehicle from the public right-of- way for at least 48 hours after having been cited for a parking violation, the same as Denver’s ordinances.”
Changes would apply to commercial vehicles. “Currently, Aurora does not permit commercial vehicles with an empty weight of 7,000 pounds to park on the public right-of-way for any period of time, unless they are making a delivery,” according to the memo. “This ordinance changes the 7,000 empty weight for a commercial vehicle to 6,000 pounds empty weight to be as strict as Denver’s weight limits for commercial vehicles.”