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Planner: Impromptu RV Village 'Tacky'

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March 22, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

The purple pin on this Google map shows the location of Wellington, a popular equestrian community in South Florida.

A practice that’s not legal in Wellington, Fla., but has taken place regularly for years is destined to find some space in the town's rule book.

Since at least 2011, the village has been trying to firm up rules allowing recreational vehicles in Wellington’s equestrian area, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Current codes don’t let people live in RVs on individual lots, but they are spread throughout the Equestrian Preserve, mainly to serve as living quarters for grooms.

Village staff found about 80 when it conducted a survey in January, said Mike O’Dell, Wellington’s Equestrian Master Plan project director.

The village council on April 9 is expected to vote on rules that would allow for one RV on 2.5 to 4.9 acres, two on 5 to 9.9 acres, and three on lots 10 acres and larger.

Not everyone is keen on the RVs.

“It becomes tacky,” said Marcia Radosevich, who sits on the village’s Planning, Zoning and Adjustment Board. “It creates a temporary, a transient community, which is only negative. I don’t think we should allow people to do things on the cheap.”

Still, having some rules would help, she said.

Plus, the proposal appears to be fairly stringent, said Mike Drahos, who also sits on the board, which made recommendations on the rules last month.

Under the proposal, a special permit would be required to have an RV in the preserve, Wellington’s more southern section, an area with special rules to protect the horse industry.

The permit, which would be valid for two seasons, costs $850 a year. Trailers could be occupied only from Oct. 15 through May 30 of the following year.

The RVs would need to be screened with landscaping and be inspected prior to occupancy. They also have to have adequate parking spaces and legal access to a road. Proper electrical, water and sewer services would be required for each RV.

The village council and staff have generally acknowledged demand for RVs as temporary residences.

The rules wouldn’t apply to Little Ranches or Rustic Ranches, neighborhoods that have their own rules permitting RVs as temporary residences.

 

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