RV parking restrictions await city council OK

Proposal ‘fine tuned’ in P&Z discussion
Reporter Editor

Rockdale is one city council vote away from having its first-ever ordinance regulating parking recreational vehicles (RVs) in the city limits.

The city’s Planning & Zoning Board (P&Z) unanimously recommended adoption of such an ordinance Thursday, with some minor language changes.

Joyce Dalley, city council member, had asked for such an ordinance at the most recent city council meeting, citing instances of indefinite parking of RVs in Rockdale by visitors in residential areas of the city.

The ordinance endorsed Thursday cites the council’s “desire to improve the aesthetics of the community” and “enhancing the appearance of residential and commercial properties” as prime reasons for restricting such vehicles.

EXEMPTIONS—The ordinance first makes it unlawful for anyone to “park or place” an RV in Rockdale for a period longer than 72 hours, but then lists numerous exemptions.

Among those exemptions are RVs stored in RV parks or lots created specifically for the purpose of storing such vehicles.

Lon Williams, P&Z chairman, pointed out that the focus of the proposed ordinance is areas zoned as residential, noting that RV parks may only exist in areas zoned “C2, commercial-intense or I-industrial.”

As for residential areas, the proposed ordinance allows RVs to be stored on lots on residential zones of the city provided:

• The RV owner resides in a residence on the same lot, or adjoining lot; and the RV does not encroach into a public rightof way, alley or easement.

• An RV owned by visitors or house guests of the subject is not parked for more than seven days.

The ordinance prohibits parking RVs on a street, public right-of-way or parkway, and makes it unlawful for anyone to live in an RV other than one in an RV park.

“Is there a problem (with RVs) or is one being created,” board member Georgia Richards said.

“ This (ordinance) isn’t going to be received real well but it’s more generous than (ordinances in) other towns,” board member Doug Williams said.

“If this isn’t going to be enforced, our time is being wasted,” board member Joyce Ford said.

An RV is defined as a portable home not more than 8 feet in width, 46 feet in length and classifies as an RV even if its wheels have been removed and it has been built into the ground.

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