Oil Boom Moves Ohio City to Regulate RV Parks
The Dover, Ohio, City Council adopted an emergency ordinance establishing rules and regulations governing recreational vehicle parks — none of which are currently in the city.
According to the New Philadelphia Times Reporter, Mayor Richard Homrighausen said the ordinance was designed in anticipation of “an influx of workers for the oil and gas industry, so that we have rules and regulations in place that will govern where they can and where they can’t set up and how they have to conduct themselves.”
Homrighausen said no areas of the city have been designated for an RV park or community.
The ordinance, which was passed unanimously by a vote of 6-0, adds a subsection to the city’s planning and zoning codes ordinance with specific rules for RV parks and communities.
In the subsection, an RV (recreational vehicle) is defined as a motorhome or motor vehicle which normally includes living spaces and amenities found in a home, such as a kitchen, bathroom and sleeping quarters.
“They are not to be confused with mobile homes or mobile home communities,” the ordinance states. It also specifies that no person shall dwell in a recreational vehicle in the municipality unless it’s located in an RV park or community approved by the city planning commission.
Also, no RV park or community of similar development shall be permitted to locate in the municipality except as a conditional use in an M-2 (general industrial) zoned district.
The ordinance, in part, states that an RV park must contain a minimum of six acres; provide for municipal water and sewer facilities, and all other utilities normally provided by the municipality; provide a clearly defined minimum of 4,000 square feet, including a minimum lot width of 40 feet for each RV; and that each RV slip or pad must be of concrete construction.