Seattle councilman Mike O’Brien has proposed legislation which would effectively loosen RV regulations. The legislation would potentially keep RVs parked along the street and being used as housing from being impounded.
O’Brien would create a program with strict regulations of which the RV owners would have to comply with in order to be considered as eligible for this vehicular residence program.
The program would also attempt to assist these RV owners with finding permanent housing.
Speaking on the draft proposal, O’Brien stated,
“For the city to have a program that continually tickets, tickets, tows, impounds, confiscates their vehicles – it makes the situation worse for everybody,” he said.
Although only a draft, the proposal has stirred controversy. In reaction, Seattle city attorney candidate Scott Lindsay said,
“The bill would exempt vehicles used as residences from almost all vehicle safety laws and parking restrictions.”
The city previously planned to open two RV lots, one in Ballard and one in Delridge, but cancelled the Delridge lot soon after the opening of the Ballard lot.
Currently the SODO RV lot, also known as a “safe lot”, which features 24-hour security, costs about $35,000 a month to run.
This proposal is just another effort to find a solution that will work for all Seattle citizens, RV and homeowners alike.