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Old 10-27-2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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Trouble in River City

Last month we received a notice from the rural town powers-that-be saying the city council has decided to start enforcing an ordinance from the 1970s about setbacks. It includes all trailers, campers, ATVs, and anything more than a one ton truck. Homeowners must heed a 20 foot setback from right of way for these. We have a six month grace period to comply before the fines start. One of the reasons we chose our 22' TT is the ease it fit in our driveway with 12' to spare. There is no room on the side or back to park. We had at one time planned to buy 5' of our neighbor's unlandscaped side yard to build a lean to, but the city nixed that because of his lot size even if it is all weeds and rocks. I guess I'll ask him for an easement or something they can't control. Interesting thing is everyone else in our neighborhood has trees and arborvitae that come out to the right of way. And we live on a cul de sac so sight lines are not an issue.

Don't you love righteous government regs?
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:44 AM   #2
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I would contact a Lawyer and have the Lawyer ask the council for a "Variance" to the ordinance. The reason for the Lawyer is to draft the proposal correctly complete with charts. Also a Lawyer usually gets a little more attention from City Councils.

You could do it yourself if you know how to draw these things up.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:57 AM   #3
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They got us smokers, when are they going after the golfers?
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It looks like somebody on council got personal with this and brought it forward. Ask the lawyer how the enforcement would work if it hasn't been enforced for 40 plus years. Find out who has a burr about this and why and see if there is some wiggle room....If not vote the gatekeeper to nanny world off the island next election.
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Old 10-27-2013, 10:28 AM   #5
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Do you have adequate room in the FRONT yard to park it? Sounds like one of the 'town members' has a beef with on of their neighbors and they have decided to punish all because he/she wants their way. They haven't enforced it since 1970? Visit all the 'town members' homes and take pictures of what they want their neighbor's to remove that they don't like. Zoning is a way the government chips away at your rights as a home owner.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:51 PM   #6
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We actually live in a town that used to be named River City.

We had a zoning discussion about two years ago. Someone on town council got the bright idea to fight "blight" by limiting how many months you could park an RV on your property. Mind you, we have a private parking pad on the back of our property off a service alley. You can barely see it from the street.

So, we took a jaunt to city hall and got directed from department to department to discuss our concerns. After much hemming and hawing, they announced that their concerns were not about parking anywhere, just in flood plains and inoperable RVs couldn't be moved. However, without delineating which six months you would not be able to park due to flood concerns, that argument was pointed out as specious and without reason. The city planner then said you couldn't park at all in flood zones, although there is nothing in city law that says so. Guess where the flood zones are? In the low income part of town, where the RVs might be less than new. Bingo!

Then we had the elections for town council. All three of the council members who supported the zoning changes were voted out, and we get to keep our RV on our property all 12 months.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:45 PM   #7
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We live out in the country. We don't have those town council to deal with.
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:20 PM   #8
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Follow the money. Has a new storage facility recently opened near you? If so, who owns it and are they someone with influence?
Sorry to be so cynical, but after seeing what the campground associations do to get overnight parking prohibited in towns I believe anything is possible.
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THAT'S the reason we bought a home out in the country and NOT in a subdivision!
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A classic example why we live outside the city limits. No one bothers us out here. We have both a TT and a Class-C plus 2 vans and a MC on our property.
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