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Posted: 12/28/20 04:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, in this instance, somebody did not check the laws about property before he bought.
Often somebody does not like neighbor, or something they are doing. They go to city, ask for a law. Nobody shows up to speak against passing the law, so city council follows the will of the people.
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Wonder if they have a law against parking a legally licensed vehicle on the street? We ran into one of these deals years ago about unlicensed vehicles. That deal went in the shredder after one of the county council members pointed out that her son serving in Irac had his unlicensed vehicle in her yard.

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Obviously get a copy of the ordinance and make sure it applies...

But if it does, asking the council nicely is about your only real option. You bought the property when it was already under the ordinance. Otherwise, you could demand to be grandfathered in if you had the trailer there prior to the ordiance.


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I removed a tree, fence and a hedge so I could squeeze our trailer into our 10’ wide side yard, 26 years ago. Not worth the hassle or the precedence. We live in da hood and I want whatever lax codes we have to be enforced so we don’t wind up with junk cars and furniture adorning the neighborhood. It’s a pita but neighborhoods can go to **** real quick once it starts with something so innocent.


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SpeakEasy wrote:

I've been living in my current home (which I own) for over 17 years. It's located in a small city of about 11,000 people. My property is a half-acre, fairly level lot on a suburban-style street. The neighborhood was developed between the late 1960's and 1970's. I've kept a travel trailer parked in my driveway for the last 5 years, and I had a popup parked in the driveway for 12 years before that.

Last week I got a citation from the city, telling me that I am in violation of a city ordinance. Apparently, from Dec. 1 to April 1 I am not allowed to keep the travel trailer in my driveway in the front of my house. The paperwork indicates that this ordinance was established in 2001 - two years before I moved here. There has never been any indication before now that I couldn't park in my own driveway. The city relies on community members to report violations, so evidently someone decided that they didn't like looking at my travel trailer and they blew me in. I am not happy. I've been given until the end of January to get the trailer out of my driveway.

I'm allowed to park it in my back yard, but I can't get the trailer back there without some property modifications. On one side of the house I have enough space to get through, but I have to remove a spruce tree, trim some branches on some other trees, and do some leveling. I will have to drive on the lawn in order to get the trailer back to the space I will park it in. I'm able and willing to do these property modifications, but the whole thing is a PITA. Obviously, an alternative would be to find an off-site storage site for the months in question.

Any advice or comments on the choices I face? Anyone else doing something similar to what I'm describing for back-yard storage?

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Whats the cost of all tWhe backyard modifications v.s. the monthly cost of storage? How difficult will the backing in and pulling out of the backyard?

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I've lived on my 70 acers 5 miles outside of any town for 30 years. A few years ago the county passed a law that anything being built has to have a permit. I had a open carport put up and didn't know about the permit and you would have swore by them I murdered someone because they didn't get there $25 permit fee!! I don't see how people living in town put up with there ****!


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Hannibal wrote:

I removed a tree, fence and a hedge so I could squeeze our trailer into our 10’ wide side yard, 26 years ago. Not worth the hassle or the precedence. We live in da hood and I want whatever lax codes we have to be enforced so we don’t wind up with junk cars and furniture adorning the neighborhood. It’s a pita but neighborhoods can go to **** real quick once it starts with something so innocent.


I'm on the same side about this here.

Our last house, we lived in a cul-de-sac. We had one neighbor who brought home a 5er (old, depilated eye sore) and parked it in his driveway, extending out just onto the sidewalk. Which in turn made them move their basketball hoop into the street. And his teenage kids had even less parking, so they ended up parking in front of my house, making it difficult for me to get into/out of driveway in my car, REALLY difficult to get my RV in my side yard behind my fence, and impossible for any company we had to park near the house.

Personally, I was glad the city made him move it. If they had given him a variance, in my mind, it could have opened the door for other neighbors to do the same thing.

In my mind, you really have two choices. Go along with the ordinance and move the RV to where it is allowed. Or "fight city hall" to get the ordinance changed across the board. I know where I would be on that plight if I were in the same city.


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Getting a variance will be DOA, unless you can show a valid reason why it should not apply to your particular circumstance. And WRT parking an RV, I cannot imagine what that would be.


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In my city you can't park any vehicle in front of the house. On your half acre it shouldn't be a problem to comply.


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My suburb (larger than your town) has a similar ordinance, but it is 12 months of the year. I see lot of boats and RVs parked in driveways BESIDE the house, not in back. Well, I do live in the "blue collar" section of this suburb, so I guess my neighbors don't mind it !

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