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Old 03-05-2016, 08:10 PM   #1
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Temporary Use of Trailers for Living or Sleeping

In my small town of San Anselmo, CA there is a community discussion as to whether our very old ordinances on the existence of trailers and RVs in town should be revised. Check out this website at D-1 to see what we're talking about. http://sananselmo-ca.granicus.com/Ge...1&event_id=231 The survey asked community members about their thoughts of having trailers and RVs parked on the street, in driveways or on personal property. Currently, no vehicles may park on our streets overnight.

As I see it, the proposed ordinance would allow use of an RV or camper trailer to be inhabited on the premises if there is a permit for remodeling/building on the property. The use of the camper would terminate when the permit terminates.
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Old 03-05-2016, 09:23 PM   #2
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Sounds like one big happy Home Owners Association at work. Our grandkids love sleeping in our trailer on our property. Glad we don't have to put them up in the nearest hotel (about 17 miles.)
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Old 03-05-2016, 09:30 PM   #3
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It is common to have ordinances which allow for some months in a trailer while building. Depending on how urban, however, there may be no allowance for living in a trailer at all, or 15 days in a year, or 30 days in a year, for instance.
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Old 03-05-2016, 10:34 PM   #4
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This made me laugh when I read it. We have some family coming in June and the wife and I were trying to figure out where people would sleep. No matter how we arranged it someone would end up sleeping on the couch. Usually not a problem for the younger folks. Even talked about setting up the old queen size air mattress from our tent camping days. That's about when it dawned on me that we have the Casita sitting in the driveway with hook ups. So now the wife and I will sleep in the trailer and no one will have to sleep on the couch. Where I live you can park a trailer in the street as long as a tow vehicle is attached to it. Anywhere on your property is okay. Lots of people have boats and trailers parked in there front yards and driveways. Not sure but I think they have to have current registration.
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Old 03-06-2016, 11:26 AM   #5
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This made me laugh when I read it. Where I live you can park a trailer in the street as long as a tow vehicle is attached to it. Anywhere on your property is okay. Lots of people have boats and trailers parked in there front yards and driveways. Not sure but I think they have to have current registration.
You live as do I in the South in the land of "Tornado Magnets" where the number of cars and trailers on your property considered is a status symbol!
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Old 03-06-2016, 11:46 AM   #6
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Many towns have zoning regulations that cover the use and storage of RVs and for good reason as they can become an eye sore.
If your town has such regulations you can ignore some of them (like the kids camping in your travel trailer)...however if they pass an ordinance against storing your RV on residential property you have a problem.
I'd make a big effort to lobby for the right to store your RV on your residential property but restrict people from establishing a residence in just a travel trailer.

I did live in my travel trailer at my lakefront cabin one summer while I was remodeling the cabin...it made life so much easier during the remodel. This area had no restrictive zoning regulations.

In most cases towns that have a problem with RV storage on residential property are "High-End" communities that are controlled by the wealthy.
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Old 03-06-2016, 01:05 PM   #7
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Just thought I'd post here to get my post count up to ten.
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Old 03-06-2016, 01:42 PM   #8
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HOA's and small-town fascism

I own places in New Hampshire and in Florida, and would never subject myself to the vagaries of a homeowners' association. Aspiring "little Hitlers" are drawn to HOA boards like bears to honey. Ditto for towns and cities with their explosion of ordinances telling you what you can and cannot keep on your property. For those who object based upon "maintaining property values", I suggest you look at one of the biggest, richest, and most dynamic cities in North America, Houston...which has no zoning.
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Old 03-06-2016, 02:05 PM   #9
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You might want to read this Henry, before you move to Houston.

Forget What You’ve Heard, Houston Really Does Have Zoning (Sort Of) - The Urban Edge
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Old 03-06-2016, 02:27 PM   #10
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Individual home ownership once included the concept that "a man's home is his castle," and property owners could do pretty much whatever they wanted with their land. One of our Constitutional amendments enshrines protection for the liberty and property rights of citizens and requires due process of law before those rights may be abridged.

Over time, we've seen population growth and urbanization. Because of the closeness of homeowners in cities, these free exercises of private use occasionally created infringements upon the neighbors' use and enjoyment of their own properties. Thus some measure of regulation became accepted practice.

As a matter of policy, I would argue that, in keeping with the Due Process Clause and the spirit of liberty, restrictions upon property owners' usage rights should be utilized sparingly and only upon a showing of actual harm to a neighbor's rights. I think we have many communities which impose undue restrictions for the slightest of reasons, such as "beautification of the neighborhood." Who would say that a Casita or a pickup truck in the driveway makes the neighborhood look shabby? Some HOAs and some zoning ordinances do say this.

My livelihood currently depends upon my ability to park my Lil Hauley in my driveway from the time I get home from work until the time I leave in the morning for the next batch of deliveries. While it's parked in the drive, it gets unloaded and re-loaded from the inventory in the garage. I am in constant violation of a city ordinance, which prohibits the trailer's presence (for more than 1 hour IIRC). Fortunately my neighbors don't mind and don't complain; but if someone within 2-3 blocks of my home calls code enforcement about any such violation anywhere near them (not necessarily mine), the authorities will drive around and red-tag every such trailer in the neighborhood. That can make my life rather... ummm... stressful for a while.
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Kinda nice to have your own 35 acres, and a pleasant 1/2 mile walk (or ATV run) from your house through your own natural forest, to wherever you last decided to park your trailer, and the camping fees are 'nil'....... YMMV........
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With 35 acres once could open a rv park.....
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Old 03-06-2016, 04:34 PM   #13
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I am lucky to live in a low density neighborhood and keep my Scamp under my Scamport off the driveway. If I had to make a recommendation (vote) on a trailer parking ordinance, my instinct would be to ask for the least restrictive and most reasonable version to be presented.

Somebody here posted once - I am paraphrasing: There is something righteous about restricting oneself, something self-righteous about restricting others.

Once we were sleeping on the street in Denver, in front of our son's house while visiting. After about three days some neighbor called the cops and suddenly two cruisers showed up (no, not in the middle of the night). They were most reasonable and said to just back it into the driveway and be fine. One of them liked the Scamp and said so.
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Old 03-06-2016, 06:51 PM   #14
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... neighbor called the cops ...
Hit the nail on the head. If no one complains, no one knows the difference. Good reason to be neighborly to your neighbors. If they like you, they just might be less likely to call the law on you .... or not! Some neighbors can be pretty hard to figure out sometimes. Luckily, we live out in the country where neighbors are few and far between, but the few we have are good ones!
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