Louisiana Parish Bans Trailers Used For Homes
Travel trailers can no longer be used as permanent homes in Louisiana’s rural Lafayette Parish.
The Associated Press reported that the Lafayette City-Parish Council voted 5-4 on Tuesday (Oct. 15) to approve a new regulation that bans travel trailers from being used as a residence for more than 180 days in any calendar year in unincorporated areas of the parish.
Zoning laws already prohibit living in a travel trailer within the Lafayette city limits.
Planning, Zoning and Codes Director Eleanor Bouy said the new regulation was prompted in part by a growing number of complaints about homeowners renting space in their driveways for travel trailers to house itinerant workers.
“We really never imagined that things like that would happen,” she said.
Alvin Narcisse, a north Lafayette resident, pleaded with the council to pass the new regulations, complaining one of his neighbors moved an unsightly travel trailer into the yard three months ago and has allowed someone to take up residence there.
“You don’t want it in front of your house, and I don’t want it in front of mine,” he said.