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Council Amends Town Code to Reflect Sporting Equipment and Vehicle Restrictions in Leesburg

All changes are effective immediately. Failure to comply may result in fine.

Post Date:09/18/2018 8:55 AM

Leesburg, VA (September 18, 2018) – On Tuesday, September 11, the Leesburg Town Council enacted an ordinance that amends Town Code Section 30-6 to permit the temporary placement of portable basketball goals or other sporting goods and equipment along a sidewalk or in the public right-of-way. 

Equipment may not be placed on a sidewalk or in the public right-of-way if it obstructs the vision of drivers or reduces pedestrian passage to less than 4 feet (or the requirements under the ADA, if greater). Equipment should not block the operation of Town services, including snow removal, paving operations, and general street or sidewalk maintenance. 

The Town will address violations by first issuing a warning and a timeline for removal. Failure to remove items after such warning may result in the Town’s removal of the equipment at the owner’s expense.

The Town Council also enacted an ordinance that amends Town Code Sections 32-141 and 32-143 to restrict the parking of motor homes, camping trailers, watercraft, and boat trailers on any Town street for more than 7 days. The fine for a violation will be $40. 

The following vehicles are now restricted from parking on residential streets for more than four hours:

• Solid waste collection vehicles.
• Tractor trucks or tractor truck/semitrailer or tractor truck/trailer combinations.
• Dump trucks.
• Concrete mixer trucks.
• Tow trucks with a registered gross weight of 12,000 pounds or more.
• Any heavy construction equipment, whether located on the street or on the truck, trailer or semitrailer.
• Any trailer or other vehicle in which food or beverages are stored or sold.
• Any trailer or semitrailer used for transporting landscaping or lawn-care equipment whether or not such trailer or semitrailer is attached to another vehicle.
• Any vehicle licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia for use as a common or contract carrier or as a limousine.
• Any truck more than 20 feet in length, other than commercial vehicles used by a public service company or by others working on the public service company’s behalf.
• Any vehicle carrying commercial freight in plain view.
• Any trailer or semitrailer, regardless of whether such trailer or semitrailer is attached to another vehicle.
• Any vehicle with three (3) or more axles.
• Any vehicle that has a gross vehicle weight rating of 12,000 or more pounds.
• Any vehicle designed to transport 16 or more passengers, including the driver.
• Any vehicle of any size that is being used in the transportation of hazardous materials (HAZMATs).

Exceptions to this ordinance will apply to commercial vehicles when taking on or discharging passengers or when temporarily parked to perform work or service at a particular location; utility generators located on trailers and being used to power network facilities during a loss of commercial power; or vehicles loaded with furniture or equipment to be unloaded within 48 hours (must be parked at the loading/unloading origination or destination). The fine for a violation will be $40. Both ordinances are effective immediately. 

Media Contact:
Leah Kosin, Public Information Assistant

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