New settlement by the city and resume enforcement under guidelines listed below

VEHICLE HABITATION ORDINANCE

City Municipal Code Section 86.0137 prohibits the use of streets for storage, service, or sale of vehicles or for habitation stating: It is unlawful for any person to use a vehicle for human habitation on any street or public property, unless specifically authorized for such use by the city manager:

– between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

– At any time within 500 feet of a residence or building used for living including a house, condo, apartment, or similar dwelling.

– At any time within 500 feet of a school, not including a community or junior college, college, or university.

– There must be evidence of vehicle habitation by humans using it for sleeping, bathing, preparing, or cooking meals, furniture set up in or around the vehicle, evidence of portable cooking equipment, or evidence of human waste around the vehicle.

ENFORCEMENT

– Officers should consider why a person has certain items associated with habitation inside their vehicle.

– Officers responding to Get-It-Done and non-emergency calls should investigate the complaint, and when appropriate, enforce the law.

– Enforcement should be avoided when a vehicle is lawfully parked in a location open to the general public.

– Enforcement of the VHO should not occur when a person who shelters in a vehicle is using the vehicle as transportation.

– The VHO shall not be enforced between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. when legal parking options, including Safe Parking lots in the City, are full, closed, or not reasonably available to involuntarily homeless people sheltering in their vehicles.

– A person sleeping, sitting, eating, or drinking inside a vehicle parked on a street or in a public park lot is not in violation of the VHO.

– Parking violation(s) alone will not trigger enforcement of the VHO.

– After taking enforcement action, officers should evaluate whether the vehicle can be legally parked, and if so, refrain from towing the vehicle