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Florida Town Nixes RV Parks to House Equestrian Staffs

August 26, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Recreational vehicles will not be allowed as temporary residences throughout the equestrian area of Wellington, Fla .

Following earnest pleas from landowners, the village council voted 3-2 this week against on first reading of an ordinance to amend the village’s land development regulations in the Equestrian Overlay Zoning District to permit RVs and RV parks in certain areas and under specific conditions, The Palm Beach Post reported. Wellington is located approximately 10 miles inland from Palm Beach.

“I live here year-round,” said Carol F. Cohen, whose farm is on 53rd Road South. “I do not want an RV park near my neighborhood. I don’t want the feeling of my property values depreciating.”

The RV provisions in large part spoke to a need for providing quarters for grooms and other equestrian-related employees during equestrian season, Nov. 1 through April 30.

“They need to have those employees on site,” said David Flinchum, the village’s planning and zoning manager. “We’ve heard that time and time again.”

The Little Ranches and Rustic Ranches communities in the equestrian area have their own rules permitting RVs as temporary residences.

Landowners owning more than 2,130 acres signed a petition against the proposed ordinance.

Several residents, including members of the village’s Planning, Zoning & Adjustment Board, which was opposed to part of the proposal, disputed definitions village staff added to the ordinance defining equestrian venues.

“To me this is a new ordinance,” board member Bob Margolis said, adding that the revisions should have come to his board before the council vote.

The council had been scheduled to consider the matter in July, but postponed it to Tuesday so staff could incorporate revisions to the ordinance.

Mayor Darell Bowen and Councilwoman Anne Gerwig dissented during Tuesday’s vote.

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