A recreational vehicle parking and storage ordinance approved by the planning and zoning commission this week in South Elgin, Ill., would allow residents in South Elgin to park recreational vehicles in driveways year-round, according to The Courier News.
South Elgin has not enforced its existing recreational vehicle ordinance for several years, community development director Steve Super said. In that time, there have not been widespread complaints from residents or neighborhoods regarding storing these vehicles, Super told the village board last year.
It is most often brought up when one neighbor has a grudge against another, he said this week at a third public hearing for the new ordinance.
The new ordinance, approved on a 4-2 planning commission vote, would allow residents to park no more than two recreational vehicles on their property, including in their driveways, year-round. The village board is expected to see the new ordinance on an April board agenda.
The current ordinance allows residents to store recreational vehicles in side and back yards year-round, but does not allow them to be parked on the driveway.
Those recreational vehicles include travel trailers and campers, boats on trailers, personal watercraft and snowmobiles on trailers.
If approved by the board, residents living adjacent to a “navigable waterway” — namely, the Fox River — would be allowed to park three recreational vehicles on their property.
The commission approved removing parking of commercial vehicles — tow trucks, semi-trucks, buses and box trucks, for example — from the ordinance.
Two residents worried that they would not be able to park their work vehicles in their driveways overnight. One man, Jim Markham, noted that he is on-call for a tow truck firm and has to be able to leave from his home at all hours of the night.
Rather than tie the two issues together, the planning commission will take up a commercial vehicle parking ordinance in April, Super said.
Several residents praised the commission for crafting an ordinance that acknowledges South Elgin as a pro-outdoors, active community.
With the new plan, while recreational vehicles can be parked on the property year-round, they have to be on a hard, dust-free surface, like blacktop, cement or pavers. The ordinance grandfathers in existing gravel driveways in the village and does not supersede subdivision homeowner associations that ban storing these vehicles.
Just one resident appeared to speak against the ordinance at Wednesday night’s planning commission meeting. In her cul-de-sac, a recreation vehicle — a camper — already is parked at all times and is the view she must look at every day, Diane Maurer said.
She came to speak for those residents who might not be able to make it to the meetings, or those unaware of the public hearings, she said.
Importers and local manufacturers of unsafe trailers and caravans could face large fines under new safety standards that come into force today (Nov. 19) in Australia.
The new rules apply to all imported and locally produced trailers up to 4.5 tons, including box, motorcycle, boat, plant and equipment trailers as well as horse floats, caravans and other recreational trailers, according to The Gov Monitor, a publication of the government of Australia.
These products will now need to comply with a new national code of practice, with the importers and local manufacturers of non-compliant trailers facing fines of up to $66,000.
The action we’ve taken will help prevent trailers being sold with couplings that are incompatible with Australian vehicles, unsafe drawbars and safety chains, nonstandard LPG installations, inadequate lamps and reflectors or inadequate brakes and suspensions.
People that unwittingly purchase trailers with such safety defects can face real difficulties registering them with state and territory transport authorities, potentially costing the owners thousands of dollars to make them compliant.
We want Australians to feel confident that the trailers they buy are safe and roadworthy.
Over 18,000 trailers are imported annually, with thousands more manufactured locally.
The national code was developed by the Australian government in close consultation with the states and territories as well as the nation’s peak industry body, the Recreational Vehicle Manufacturers Association of Australia Inc. (RVMAA). It is supported by new regulations made under the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989.
Changes will also be made to the Personal Import Scheme to limit the importation of eligible vehicles to one every five years instead of one every 12 months.
This move will still allow Australians returning home from long periods overseas to bring with them their personal vehicles, whilst reducing the potential for abuse by organized syndicates seeking to bypass our rigorous motor vehicle certification arrangements by using third parties to import non-compliant vehicles.
Transitional arrangements will apply for a year so vehicles already purchased will not be affected.
More detailed information can be found at www.infrastructure.gov.au/roads/vehicle_regulation/bulletin/importing_vehicles/Alerts.aspx.