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Buellton drafting ordinance to regulate RV’s, boats and trailers on properties

Out of sight, out of mind. That’s how the City of Buellton would like people to start storing their RV’s, boats trailers. Some people are calling this issue an eyesore, so the city is drafting an ordinance to get these RV’s, boats and trailers out of sight as much as possible..

Earlier today KCOY 12 spoke with the city and also with a homeowner here in town who says it should be his right to park his trailer on his own property.

Brad Prows is a racecar driver.

“It’s a 24-foot enclosed trailer,” trailer owner Brad Prows said.

Prows uses his trailer to haul his racecar. He moved to Buellton two years ago.

“Since moving up here I’ve raced in Santa Maria a couple of times,” Prows said.

When he’s not racing, he keeps his trailer in his driveway – but he might not be able to do that much longer.

“I think I’m storing it responsibly,” Prows said.

The city of Buellton is drafting an ordinance to no longer allow trailers, RV’s and boats to be parked in your driveway or your front lawn. The ordinance would allow you to park it in your backyard as long as it’s screened by a six foot fence, or you can lay down a paved surface in front of your house next to your driveway and park it there.

“I understand if they’ve received complaints then they need to take some sort of action,” Prows said.

But Prows says this is his property.

“So I should be able to do as I please for the most part, I definitely don’t think I need Big Brother sitting over my shoulder telling me what I can and can’t do,” Prows said.

The city says you will still be able park your RV, trailer or boat out here on public streets up to 72 hours.

“We want to make this town look, you know, nice and attractive,” Buellton City Manager Marc Bierdzinski said.

The city says they recently received complaints of RV’s being unsightly.

“From residents regarding legally parked and placed RV’s that were a detriment to the neighborhood according to these residents,” Bierdzinski said.

“The added expense of storing a trailer somewhere is really cost prohibitive,” Prows said.

People would have about a 90-day grace period.

“Having the publics input when the ordinance is being crafted might be a good aspect,” Prows said.

This ordinance is will need to be approved by all five council members but all five are pushing for this. The decision will be made in January.

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