South Daytona, Fla., Ponders RV Park Development

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December 14, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

An ordinance that would allow recreational vehicle parks within South Daytona, Fla., inched closer to reality on Dec. 8.

"My husband and I have been active campers for 36 years," said Councilwoman Nancy Long. "I think that there is a big demand for this, and that it opens it up for some businesses."

The city's land development code currently does not allow RV parks but does allow for the storage of RVs in areas with heavy business, commercial and light industrial zoning, according to The News-Journal, Daytona Beach. If passed on second reading, RV parks could also be permitted in these zones with a special exception.

The RV parks would have to meet minimum requirements for size, layout, utilities and buffering. The ordinance was presented to the Land Development Board on Nov. 18. Concerns of board members included electrical service size and control of the length of stays of RVs. They suggested a full-time park manager be required to regulate the length of stays.

But the only recommendation the board attached to the amendment was to require all sites to have permanent sewer hook-ups. With this stipulation, the board unanimously recommended the proposed amendment for approval.

However, city staff had concerns that more permanent residency might occur if all sites were equipped with permanent sewer connections. Instead, they suggested a mimimum of 50% of the sites be required to have sewer hookups and an easily accessible dumping station could be located in the park for RVs not hooked up to a permanent sewer connection

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