Green to discuss changes to RV storage rules

Brian Lisik
Suburbanite correspondent
City of Green

GREEN  Residents will have the opportunity to weigh in on proposed changes to the city’s RV storage regulations at a public hearing April 13.

City Council and city administration members discussed the proposed ordinance – which regulates the parking and loading of trailers, campers, boats and other recreational vehicles – at the March 23 regular council meeting.

Community and Economic Development Director Wayne Wiethe said the amendment addresses items such as where vehicles can be stored on a property, the required distance from a building, requiring them to be stored on a hard surface with proper screening, vehicle length prohibitions, requiring the vehicle be registered to the person on whose property it is being stored, and prohibiting the RVs to be connected to utilities unless the owner is preparing it for use.

“We have had instances where people were living in them in the summer months and we are trying to control that,” Wiethe said. “(But) we also recognize that we do have lakes (in the city) and are a vacation destination, so we are also allowing people time to prepare (their RVs) for that.”

Law Director Lisa Carey Dean said this is the first of several “problematic” ordinances that City Council will be reviewing this year.

“So it may look simple, but there have been months of research on stacking and loading RVs, meetings with the zoning director and the mayor, to drill into all the problems residents call about and what other cities do (in order to) develop best practices.”

Ward 2 Councilman Christopher Meager noted that he has heard from a number of residents since the legislation was first introduced at the March 9 meeting. Most of the concerns, Meager said, are related to the proposed screening requirements.

The public hearing on the proposed amendment is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 13 at Green City Hall, 1755 Town Park Blvd. and via livestream broadcast at www.cityofgreen.org.