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first_imgBURBANK – Hoping to quell criticism from RV owners, the Burbank Traffic and Transportation Committee has backed away from a recommendation to impose tighter parking restrictions on recreational vehicles on city streets. More than 100 RV owners packed a meeting Thursday at City Hall, and 40 people addressed the 12-member panel. “We don’t want to upset anybody,” said Sam Asheghian, a member of the committee who also owns Xpert Auto Repair on Magnolia Boulevard. “We decided to put it on hold and make a committee to talk with some of the RV owners and then we’ll go from there to see what we can come up with.” The issue came up last summer after Woodstock Lane residents Steve Oliver and Bob Burdette asked whether the city could impose parking restrictions on RVs on Kenneth Road, where RVs have been seen parking overnight. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“It’s inconsiderate,” said Oliver, a Burbank certified public accountant. “If I owned an RV, I wouldn’t park it in front of somebody else’s house.” Over the next month, the committee is expected to form another panel to study RV parking and try to address concerns on both sides of the issue. The committee is expected to discuss the issue again at its next committee meeting on July 13. “It’s very important because I happen to have a 40-foot RV and I physically am not able to prepare my motor home for a trip in the time frame that they were suggesting,” said Stan Hyman, a Toluca Lake resident who drove through Burbank a couple of weekends ago in his second 21-foot motor home afixing 42 fliers to RVs parked in neighborhoods to spread the word about the committee’s consideration of a no-parking rule. “There were people that got the fliers. They made copies themselves and put them out,” said Hyman, who plans to retrieve his 40-foot diesel-pusher RV from storage today to park it in front of his Toluca Lake home and gear up for a trip to Lake Santee in the San Diego area. “We put out the seed and it germinated and it grew.” Hyman said the RV parking issue is exacerbated because there are few RV storage sites nearby, and the ones that are close have long waiting lists. The Benchmark RV Center in Sun Valley is filled up. It has 280 RVs in storage. “I’ve got a waiting list of about 25,” said service manager Robert Reel. “It’s real hard to find storage space, absolutely. Places like us, there’s not a ton of us around.” Los Angeles faces similar issues. The City Council’s Transportation Committee has asked the Department of Transportation to draft an ordinance that could range from prohibiting RVs from parking in the city, limiting the hours in which RVs can park on city streets, or designating areas for RVs to park. Currently, state law says vehicles can park in one spot up to 72 hours at a time. “One option is to prohibit parking at night,” said John Fisher, the Los Angeles DOT’s assistant general manager, who said the ordinance could be drafted within 30 days. “That would address a lot of the concerns. … We’re looking at a number of options.” jason.kandel@dailynews.com (818) 546-3306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img