On October 22, 2019, by a 4-3 vote, the Mountain View City Council passed a law that bans street parking of motorhomes almost everywhere. The ordinance bans oversized vehicles (22 feet long, 7 feet wide, or 7 feet high) from parking on “narrow” streets (40 feet wide or less). This accounts for almost all Mountain View streets. It displaces over 200 motorhome households. The final outcome will be decided by the voters in the Nov. 2020 election after we led an all volunteer effort to put a referendum on the ballot asking voters to overturn the ban. Almost 5,000 Mountain View votes signed the petition.
Council also unanimously passed an ordinance that prohibits parking for oversized vehicles on streets with bike lanes. That will take effect on January 1, 2020. We are not opposing this ordinance.
We should also be looking at long term solutions, but in the short term, we shouldn’t displace our neighbors. The proposed Safe Parking program only accommodates around 60 motorhome residents, and there is a waiting list - the current lots are at or near capacity.