Rules on residences to change

Gresham City Council to vote on code changes

Gresham city councilors will vote on code changes that could affect where residents park vehicles on their property, repair their cars or store excess belongings.

Councilors approved the changes, part of this year's code review, last month. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, the changes come before the council for a second enactment reading in council chambers, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. If approved, the changes will take effect on Nov. 3.

The recommended changes address motor vehicles on residential lots - keeping the current limit of five - and adds restrictions on where vehicles can be parked, as well as limits the type of auto repair that can take place on residential lots.

Other proposed code changes call for:

• Extending the amount of time people can camp on private property - including in a recreational vehicle - from 24 hours to 72 hours

• Allowing recreational vehicles to park on the right of way, which is now prohibited, for up to 72 hours

• Specifying that one abandoned vehicle may be parked per residential dwelling on private property if covered by a car cover, behind a 'sight obscuring fence (open chain-link won't do) or in a building

• Increasing the amount of time a vehicle can park at an address where the vehicle is not registered from 24 hours to 72 hours, and limiting the amount of time a car can park on the street where it is registered to 30 days

• Regulating where and for how long storage 'PODS' can be placed on private property

• Requiring property owners to register their vacant property and provide up-to-date contact information for the owner or property caretaker, so code compliance workers can 'gain compliance' from property owners of vacant or foreclosed homes.