business ordinance to be considered
THOUSAND OAKS - The City Council on Tuesday will consider an ordinance that would regulate mobile carwashes and other businesses that use commercial and public parking lots.
The council took up the controversial issue after stationary carwashes complained that mobile businesses have an unfair advantage and after concerns were expressed about noise, traffic, and the quality of water runoff.
A handful of stationary carwash businesses and auto detailers agreed that restrictions were needed. They wrote a letter to the council this week claiming that "mass" carwashing - defined by them as washing more than three vehicles a day in one place - in city parking lots is responsible for most of the problems.
"It is the mass carwashing of vehicles in business and shopping area of Thousand Oaks that has surfaced in the last two years which has been causing problems," their letter states. "It is simply not an appropriate business for these areas."
A Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce committee went to work investigating the issue after concerns were raised in Thousand Oaks and neighboring Westlake Village last January. The city of Westlake Village adopted many of the chamber's suggestions, the same ones the Thousand Oaks City Council will consider at its weekly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.
The committee discovered the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Board does not consider carwash drainage to be a serious health hazard.
"Any discharge of casual water' to parking lots, sidewalks, or gutters ... probably constitutes a nuisance, but none of these is a water quality matter," said Richard Harris, assistant executive officer of the water quality board.
After looking at the chamber's findings, city staff incorporated them into a proposed ordinance:
Reprinted from the Daily News, May 7, 1993.