After three months of meetings, debate and discussion, Thursday night, the Hesperia City Council will finally look at changing the city's truck and recreational vehicle parking ordinances.

The issue has made its way through channels since the new year, starting with January's Community Development Advisory Committee. Normally attended only by committee members and city staff, the meeting saw more than two dozen residents there to comment or simply listen to proceedings.

In February, more than 400 residents, many of them truckers or RV owners, showed up at a meeting of the Planning Commission, overflowing council chambers, spilling out into the lobby of city hall and out onto the sidewalk inside.

But both meetings were merely advisory ones, with recommendations the city council may or may not listen to.

"I think it'll likely be as large as the last time, or maybe even larger," Tom Harp, the city's Deputy Director of Development Services, said Friday, "Because nothing was resolved last time, it was just a planning commission recommendation to the council."

To accommodate the expected crowds, the city council will be holding a special meeting this Thursday in Hesperia High School's cafeteria, the first such special off-site meeting since 2004, when residents turned out in large numbers to discuss a proposed tribal casino near the intersection of Interstate 15 and Main Street.

This time around, the meeting centers on a series of proposed changes to the city's relatively relaxed restrictions for truck parking: ending the city's two-hour truck parking grace period; ending the city's little-used street truck parking permit program; requiring trucks and RVs to be parked in the back yard of residences; banning multiple trucks from being parked on a single property; prohibiting parking on adjacent parking lots; and increasing the minimum lot size required for residential truck parking from a half-acre lot to two acres.

Hesperia is currently the most trucker-friendly community in the Victor Valley: Victorville bans truck parking altogether and Apple Valley prohibits it except on lots larger than 2.5 acres.

But things are changing in the city: According to Harp, one complaint in seven called in to Hesperia Code Enforcement last year concerned trucks, averaging out to more than one complaint a day.

"The big issues, of course, are can we park on a half-acre lot, can we park in the front yard, can we park on the street?" Harp said. "The one in my mind that's the big one that's changing the lot size to two acres from a half-acre."

The measure, if it passes, may include a provision to grandfather in trucks currently parked on half-acre lots.

Members of the Community Development Advisory Committee and Planning Commission did not support all of the possible proposed changes, but the city council does not always follow the lead of its appointed advisory bodies, meaning what will happen Thursday is anyone's guess.

"Sometimes, they just flat disagree and the city council wants to do something that the commission or the committee doesn't want to do," Harp said. "But the city council gets those phone calls [about issues from residents] even more than we do. ... They hear things when they're out Saturday night, and at church Sunday morning."

The special Hesperia City Council meeting on proposed changes to the city's truck parking ordinance will be held Thursday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m., in the cafeteria at Hesperia High School. Hesperia High is located at 9898 Maple Avenue.

There will also be a regular meeting of the city council Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Avenue.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.