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Posted: 06/24/20 09:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We just moved to a new township and AGAIN are faced with ridiculous local zoning ordinances that prevent or strictly impede RV owners from parking their rigs in their own paved driveways or on their own property! These rules are wholly unfair. It seems zoning officers, in their quest to restrict derelict vehicles from driveways, have lumped RV owners into the same group and it's a terrible injustice. How do RV groups fight this wholesale discrimination by petty local officials???

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Posted: 06/24/20 09:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No disrespect intended but, don't buy a house there. Were the zoning laws in place before you bought ?


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Posted: 06/24/20 10:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What is the municipality? I would like to see the ordinance that says a vehicle registered, insured and inspected by state regulations, cannot be legally kept inn your driveway. Or is this an HOA situation?


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Posted: 06/24/20 10:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Unfortunately, dockmasterdave has the only real way to fight it...particularly if the ordinance was in place when you bought the house.


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Posted: 06/24/20 10:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dockmasterdave wrote:

No disrespect intended but, don't buy a house there. Were the zoning laws in place before you bought ?

This.
Good Luck.

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Posted: 06/24/20 11:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not “petty” to the city council who adopted the ordinance...or the majority of citizens who elected them.


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Posted: 06/24/20 11:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Man, our city changed the rules after we already lived here. In our case it's OK in the driveway if it's behind the house line and there is a 6' fence between RV and street, but no more parking in the street even overnight. Sucks. But, short of moving which we aren't going to do for at least 10 years (I hope!), not much to do but comply.

In talking to the city, they only will enforce if there is a complaint, but still. All it takes is one complaint and you're busted.


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Appreciate the comments. These ordinances are indicative of repressive government. We own a 2019 Winnebago, not an eyesore. It is inspected, insured and operable. I am offended by local potentates who claim having an RV parked in a long driveway somehow lowers property values or somehow obstructs some goofball's view of the tele pole in front of his house. If they're wary of RVs, then have property owners purchase an annual permit for, say, $100. Townships love money above all. We pay enough in property taxes here in PA. And enough of the lectures on not investigating this prior to the home purchase; there were other reasons for the purchase - and a bad law is a bad law.

I just don't understand why they're so hostile to RVs in general. It's not like the Clampetts are living in the driveway!

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This is an ordinance in our HOA - one I am not happy about and was changed after we moved here. We actually have boat storage in our neighborhood but RV's aren't permitted. We were told when we bought a lot here we could store our RV there - lied to basically. Anyway, the rule is that it can be in your drive for less than 24 hrs. But some folks do it for 2-3 days until someone complains. I've asked for an exception once for 3 days while we had family visiting to use it as a spare bedroom and it was denied. So now I don't ask for permission. I do what I want and ask for forgiveness later. There is an exception in cases of an extended power outage - like after a hurricane. I miss our old property. Had 6 acres and could store the Rv where I could see it.

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^ good luck.

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