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Flag Council To Reconsider RV/Boat Parking Restrictions

By Elisha Dorfsmith

On February 16, 2016 the Flagstaff City Council voted unanimously to approve ordinance 2016-07 which contained sweeping changes to the Flagstaff Zoning Code. Among those changes were new restrictions on RV, boat and trailer parking which put major limitations on where you could park on your own property.

Much like Flagstaff’s recently passed Party Ordinance and rejected Property Maintenance Ordinance, residents were told that citations would only be issued on a complaint driven basis and only gross offenders would be targeted. What the City conveniently left out is the busybody element that always goes along with these types of laws.

We have one guy going around our neighborhood complaining about everyone.” Writes Susan McCullough, founder of the facebook group Flagstaff RV/Boat/Trailer Code Breakers & Friends, a group dedicated to making changes to the ordinance.

“You can park in your backyard or interior side yard (between houses, but not on the street side of your house). The front of the rig must be behind the front of your house. Even if you have a paved driveway specifically for your rig, you are not allowed to park it there.”

McCullough joined with concerned neighbors and other Flagstaff residents and was successful in getting a FAIR (Future Agenda Item Request) on the October 4th City Council agenda. At the October 4th meeting, at least four council members will need to support moving this request forward in order for the City to revisit the RV/Boat parking part of the City Code.

If you have an opinion on this ordinance, you can contact the entire Flagstaff City Council at council@flagstaffaz.gov


An illegally parked RV in Flagstaff.

  1. joyiris
    September 22, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    A number of people live in HOA’s who have their rules about this kind of thing, so I wonder how many people would be affected by the City code who are not already subject tosimilar rules in their HOAs?

    • September 22, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Yes, most neighborhoods have HOAs in Flagstaff that deal with this already. About 50% of Flagstaff neighborhoods are in HOAs. My understanding is that University Heights is the area having the problem with the City enforcement since most of that area does not have an HOA.

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