Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

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Does anyone know what the zoning ordinance is for parking multiple work truck from the same company in a residential neighborhood in the city? I tried searching but came up empty. There is a fellow who parks 3 such trucks along with his personal vehicle on our block with already not enough parking for the residents.

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grumpie Jul 08, 2019 10:09 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

You need to file a complaint through the County of SB - Planning and Development Office. Give them as much info as you can and ask for a Request for Investigation.

Factotum Jul 08, 2019 10:23 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

This is a city property, not a county property, but same procedure - city complaints are filed at the 630 Garden Street address. Pays to get to know the SB Municipal Code, especially the zoning or transportation chapters, to learn what one can and cannot do in this town. What constitutes blight in this town needs to be strengthened. Good issue for upcoming city council elections that go well beyond city employee compensation and perks matters, and instead offers actual relief for city residents. More city staff need to be cross-trained to provide zoning enforcement .More city council time needs to be devoted to the benefit of city property owners and combatting blight.

tagdes Jul 08, 2019 01:47 PM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

The OP is Pebble Hill, so not likely SB city and if that's their street, not even Goleta, but Noleta which is in fact County. As usual confusion reigns. hopefully it doesn't pour.

Pebblehill Jul 08, 2019 07:25 PM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

I am the OP and I don’t live on “Pebble Hill”! I live below APS on the eastside. As usual confusion reigns because folks make sort of lame assumptions they run with as fact. For all who tried to answer my question I thank you.

Ahchooo Jul 08, 2019 10:12 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

There was a thread on this topic awhile ago. A local wine tour company parks several vans on the street near the owner's residence. I don't think the neighbors got any satisfaction, but I'm not sure.

a-1562606319 Jul 08, 2019 10:18 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

AHCHOOO: No, the neighbors never got any satisfaction from the tour vans that were parked all over the place, but (hallelujah!), the owner has just sold his house, and the neighborhood rumor is that he's leaving the state. We couldn't be happier.

mm1970 Jul 08, 2019 10:42 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

I saw that the house was on the market, and my first thought was, yay! No more multiple SUVs parked all over the block!

a-1562687366 Jul 09, 2019 08:49 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

In the same neighborhood as "the wine guy" there are multiple vans from Cox that the employees leave on the streets overnight and weekends. Also multiple vans and vehicles from an eco tour company that are dealt with the same way. A cement/masonry guy parks his truck on the street every night, there is a plumber who does the same. Why is there only express anger about "the wine guy "? Sounds like a petty neighborhood squabble.

CoastWatch Jul 08, 2019 10:45 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

Commercial trucks are allowed a 2 hour parking in residential neighborhoods, unless parked on a driveway or on the owners property.

PitMix Jul 08, 2019 11:23 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

I believe that this 2-hr requirement applies only to oversize commercial trucks and it is not enforced in any case. If it is not an oversize vehicle according to the recent regulations, they are treated just like a pickup or passenger car and the only restriction for a legally parked car is the 72 hr limit. And any enforcement has to be triggered by you- you have to call the police to get them to come and ticket an oversize car or the vehicle storage hotline to get them to enforce the 72 hr limit.

PitMix Jul 08, 2019 11:27 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

On the subject of parking, I wonder if it would be a good thing to have the city planners assess the parking situation in each of our neighborhoods and give them a grade. Neighborhoods like the lower westside area bounded by the 101, Carrillo/Meigs, and Cliff Drive where there is no parking available on weekday evenings would get an F. San Roque might get an A or B. Any neighborhood with a grade of D or F would not be allowed to approve additional residential projects with insufficient off-street parking. Maybe will try to make this an op-ed piece.

a-1562613816 Jul 08, 2019 12:23 PM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

Maybe you and another neighbor could ask this work truck owning guy to have his workers each take home a truck at night, to help ease your neighborhood’s parking situation? Although . . . Then, if you end up reporting him, he’s gonna know it was you.

a-1562614318 Jul 08, 2019 12:31 PM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

What I love about parking enforcement vs. building dept zoning violations: Parking enforcement refuses to reveal any info on whom it was that alerted them to any violation. Zoning, on the other hand, puts the info into a file, for one and all to access. In which case, unless you filed your complaint via your attorney, ( anonymously, i. e.,) beware of serious blowback.

PitMix Jul 08, 2019 02:24 PM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

Actually the City allows anonymous zoning complaints. But if they can't contact you about the complaint and they don't have sufficient information, they may not pursue the violation. A friend of mine was reported (we think by her ex-boyfriend) for storing an RV in her driveway. She has good relationships with her neighbors so she doesn't think it was any of them. Of course there is an RV stored in many driveways in our neighborhood, but she is the only one the City pursued.

a-1562650692 Jul 08, 2019 10:38 PM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

PITMIX. The key phrase being " . . . she doesn't think it was any of them." The most innocent-seeming people, I have found, are immensely capable of being despicable villains, if they can do you dirty anonymously and get away with it.

tinker1 Jul 08, 2019 10:05 PM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

The county is worthless. There is a motorcycle track in Santa Rita hills that is an environmental hazard and they won’t address because it was “permitted “ under false pretenses

a-1562685026 Jul 09, 2019 08:10 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

The City Ordinance Committee has passed various restrictions on parking trucks and other oversized vehicles on City streets but only enforces after complaints filed by persistent persons. Mayor Murillo and Rep Rowse were on Ordinance Committee. Email and call police chief, email every City Council member and the City Attorney. Document your filed complaints. Advocate. The City needs to develop a large lot in the industrial area to park working service trucks where business owners go each morning to pick up their trucks. Try driving the narrow streets on the Eastside with multiple wide trucks parked needed by tradesmen to earn a living. These workers need an OFF-STREET place to park to earn to pay City and County taxes. . Bikers and drivers need visibility and space to safely navigate on our streets.

PitMix Jul 09, 2019 08:46 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

My experience is that one call to the non-emergency police number in the city about an oversize vehicle results in a visit by an available officer. But I wouldn't expect that to happen if I am calling on a Friday or Saturday night because this is a low priority item for them. It seems like people are pretty tolerant about oversize vehicles because I see many of them parked around my neighborhood for long periods. I don't think it would be happening if the neighbors were calling on them.

a-1562685992 Jul 09, 2019 08:26 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

What is the maximum width limitation for vehicles parked on the street? What is vehicle size dimensions in the City Ordinance? Is there a traffic engineer EdHat Reader? I have 2 Honda vans. Sadly, the newer one is 10”wider than the other. When parallel parking curbside the newer, wider van encroaches into bike lanes requiring it be parked in paid lots for the protection of bikers. Manufactures should disclose vehicle widths on window stickers. Can’t safely open the door after squeezing it into many parking lot slots either, except at Home Depot and Costco with wider than normal spaces. . It’s simply too wide.

SBWoman Jul 09, 2019 08:56 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

A 2019 Honda Van is 78.5” wide, 1.5” under 80” max width allowed by City to park on a City street. I also have a newer Odyssey which is a space hog: too wide to easily park. The added width fails to add more interior shoulder space. (I bought it to comfortably transport tall basketball and water polo players to games. ) Other than width, I give it an A rating.

SBWoman Jul 09, 2019 08:37 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

Santa Barbara Cuty - Oversized Vehicle Parking Ordinance https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/gov/depts/pw/dtp/ovpo/default.asp

An "oversized vehicle" is any vehicle or combination of connected vehicles that exceeds any one of the following measurements:
25 feet long, OR
80 inches (6'8") wide, OR
82 inches (6'10") high.

Flicka Jul 09, 2019 09:23 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

Poster doesn't say if the work trucks are oversized or pickups with the name of the business on them. If regular pickups there may be nothing to do about it.

a-1562690291 Jul 09, 2019 09:38 AM
Work Truck Parking in Residential Zones?

Anyone can park as many trucks or cars as they want within the allowed ordinance dimensions on any Santa Barbara residential street unless there are posted restrictions. Most trucks exceed the 80” width requirement. Look up make and model dimensions on-line, file complaint. Some owners of small companies pick a nearby street to park 3-5 company trucks. Eastside around SALINAS has a few regularly parked oversized trucks. There can be no ordinance prohibiting the public from using a public street. Does anyone know why ‘resident only parling’ Is not legally challenged on public, taxpayer funded and maintained streets? After all. Public streets and walks are for every’s use. Some public Streets can be privatized to keep parking for residents only.

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