W. Texas Town Tackles RV Park Development
The San Angelo (Texas) City Council and the Planning Commission are fleshing out regulations for recreation vehicle parks in city limits.
A special meeting on Monday (April 1) was in response to a request by the commission, which anticipates an increase in proposals for RV parks as demand for housing escalates from workers associated with the oil boom, the San Angelo Standard Times reported.
Under current zoning ordinance regulations, an RV is defined as “a vehicular type of portable structure without permanent foundation … primarily designed as temporary living accommodations for recreational, camping and travel use,” the city memo reads.
RVs are under a special use category, which is only permitted in certain zoning districts such as ranch and estate, manufactured housing parks, commercial and manufacturing districts.
Another alternative, the memo says, is to place RV parks under the retail sales and service use category, which addresses “hotels, motels, campgrounds, recreational vehicle parks and other temporary lodging with an average length of stay of less than 30 days.”
This category is permitted under zoning districts such as central business district and commercial neighborhood.
During the meeting the council will have the opportunity to give staff direction on whether it wants to amend existing ordinances or manage RV parks under one single-use category.
RVs for permanent living are allowed under the manufactured housing parks district, but cannot exceed 30% of the total units in the park.
“The requests which staff has been seeing have appeared to be intended for longer-term usage (over 30 days, with the possibility of permanent living),” the memo said.
The joint meeting was motivated by the number of such requests received by the commission, which have been tabled because zoning ordinance does not give guidance about regulating this type of campground living on an extended basis.
City staff members from various safety and infrastructure departments also compiled a list of areas of concern anticipated in regulating RV parks, which will be discussed with the council along with information regarding regulations from other cities around the state.