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Arizona County Eyes RV Sector in Housing Matters

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October 9, 2009 by   Comments Off on Arizona County Eyes RV Sector in Housing Matters

The Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Commission in Prescott, Ariz., considered two actions this week affecting the use of RVs in their county.

The commission voted unanimously to recommend allowing residents to camp temporarily in recreational vehicles and travel trailers on private parcels of 10 acres or more. It would limit camping to 10 consecutive days as many as three times a year. The vehicles may not connect to utilities and owners may not rent them to other campers. The Board of Supervisors votes on the commission’s recommendation at its Nov. 5 meeting in Prescott, according to the Verde Independent, Cottonwood, Ariz.

Current zoning ordinances do not allow the public to camp on private property in RVs and travel trailers.

Commissioner Curtis Lindner wondered why the ordinance amendment specified 10 acres instead of five or fewer. Land Use Manager Steve Mauk said that he thought 10-acre parcels would have the least amount of visual impact on neighbors.

“This is a first step; let’s give it a go,” Commissioner Tom Reilly said. “We can always come back and re-address it.”

Commissioners discussed, but did not vote, on a zoning ordinance amendment allowing park model trailers as dwellings. Commissioners re-hear and could vote on the proposed amendment at their Oct. 21 meeting in Cottonwood.

The proposed amendment to allow park model trailers as dwellings is limited to models built after Jan. 1, 2003. The amendment excludes motorhomes, travel and fifth-wheel trailers and campers.

Park model trailers measure between 320 and  400 square feet. They are built on a single chassis, mounted on wheels and designed to connect to utilities. Residents in the park trailers would be limited to single families and one roommate or boarder.

The current ordinance allows park trailers in manufactured home parks, approved Planned Area Developments and as a secondary medical dwelling unit.

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