Residents' input sought on big rig parking issue
WEIGHING IN - A committee composed of members of the Littlerock and Sun Village town councils will collect input from the community Tuesday on a proposed amendment to the Southeast Antelope Valley Community Standards District document concerning the ability of residents such as Bill Benton, shown, to park big rig trucks on their property.
MOLLY HAUXWELL/Valley Press
This story appeared in the Antelope Valley Press
Monday, August 11, 2008.
By JULIE DRAKE
Valley Press Staff Writer
SUN VILLAGE - Residents of the southeast Antelope Valley who wish to express their opinions regarding big rig truck parking can do so at a special meeting this week.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jackie Robinson County Park, 8773 East Ave. R.
"We really need the community to come out here," said Littlerock Town Council Secretary Stephanie Chase, who also is chairwoman of the committee.
The committee, composed of members of the Littlerock and Sun Village town councils, collected input at a July 25 meeting from tractor-trailer owner-operators for a proposed amendment to the Southeast Antelope Valley Community Standards District document.
According to the proposed amendment based on the truckers' input, indigenous truck operations, or the number of permitted trucks and related equipment in agriculturally zoned areas in the Southeast Antelope Valley Community Standards District, would be limited to a minimum lot size of half an acre.
To allow for probable future growth, Avenue T from the western border at Littlerock Creek to Longview Road would be reclassified as a mixed-use area for commercial, industrial and residential functions.
Tractor-trailer owner-operators may operate and store their vehicles on their personal property that is owned, leased or rented, provided the vehicles and their operations adhere to the permitted activities of the proposed amendment.
According to the permitted activities in the proposed amendment, big rig owner-operators would be allowed to park their trucks (tractors and trailers), one or more units, on their own property, provided they do not obstruct, block or reduce the street-side view of existing structures and will not block any exits, windows or access ways.
Recreational vehicle parking and boat parking also would be permitted under the same circumstances. Pickup trucks and those with dual rear tires, also known as duallys, would be permitted on residential driveways as long as they do not block any exits, windows or access ways.
Refrigerated trucks may be parked on an owner-operated residential lot as long as they do not obstruct, block or reduce the street-side view of existing structures and also comply with California Air Resources Board standards for noise and soot control.
Under nonpermitted activities, trucks that contain hazardous materials such as fuel, oil or biohazard and/or hazardous chemicals would not be permitted to be parked on the owner's personal property unless they are emptied first.
Overnight on-street parking also would not be permitted. Tractor-trailer owner-operators who cannot maneuver their vehicles onto their properties may not park in a vacant lot they do not own, lease or rent.
According to the nonpermitted activities of the proposed amendment, idling more than five minutes is not allowed by the California 5-Minute Idle Law regarding state-certified diesel engines in vehicles greater than 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.
For details, call Chase at (661) 944-7592.