Hamburg village residents will get the chance next month to say what they think of another proposal regulating the storage of RVs and trailers.
The last time the Village Board proposed changes to the ordinance, more than a dozen owners of recreational vehicles told the board they want to keep their RVs parked at their homes year-round. That was in 2009, and the mayor promised the board would take all the comments into consideration.
It took a while, but now the board will consider a new version.
The new proposal will treat a request almost like a site plan application. The homeowner will submit an application to the village clerk, and homeowners living within 200 feet of the applicant’s property will be notified. They can attend the Planning Commission meeting to speak for or against the request, and the Planning Commission will grant or deny the permit.
“It’s so different that we just want to get it out there,” said Village Attorney Edward J. Murphy III.
The village’s current code regulates the storage of campers, camper trailers, mobile homes and boats that are 24 feet or less in length. Permits are to be granted by the Village Board, but no one remembers the board granting a permit or the ordinance being enforced.
Why change things now?
“People are asking for permits,” Mayor Thomas J. Moses Sr. said.
The current ordinance needs updating, and the last proposal did not get support from residents. The 2009 proposal would have allowed boats, trailers, campers, motor homes, mobile homes or recreational vehicles of any size to be stored in a driveway between May 1 and Oct. 31.
RV and trailer owners complained that they would have to pay for storage over the winter. Others said they did not want a 60-foot RV parked in their neighbor’s yard.
“Some people liked it, some people didn’t,” Murphy said.
The new proposal would allow a boat, trailer, camper, motor home, mobile home or RV to be temporarily parked on private property without a permit for up to 72 hours, as long as it does not impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic. If it is to be stored longer than 90 days, it must be in the rear yard or in the side yard of a corner lot.
There are no restrictions if the vehicle is parked within an enclosed garage, shed or barn.
Village officials said some residents have parked a boat on a trailer on the street in front of their home for the summer, blocking the view of neighbors trying to get out of their driveways. Obstructing the view is not permitted, Murphy said.
The new system will allow an individual approach and will take the views of each neighborhood into account.
A public hearing on the new proposal will be conducted at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 7. Copies of the proposal will be available in the village clerk’s office Dec. 20.