New regulations discussed for RVs |

New regulations discussed for RVs

The Summit County Community Development Department has seen an increase in complaints about people who live full time in their recreational vehicles.

"Currently, the county does not regulate RVs on private property, especially in the remote, recreational land use areas," a memo to the Eastern Summit County Planning Commission from county planner Jennifer Strader states. "Many of the complaints are coming from property owners who live in subdivisions that were originally developed as part-time recreational subdivisions, such as Samak Hills."

Changing the East Side development code concerning recreational vehicles was discussed Wednesday by planning commissioners. The Eastern Summit County Development Code doesn’t mention the regulation of RVs.

Because of recent complaints, staffers "felt it would be appropriate to discuss the issue with the Planning Commission to get a sense of whether or not RVs should be addressed in a more specific manner," the memo from Strader states.

Rules in Washington County identify a timeframe between May and November for RVs to be located on a site, according to Strader.

Some Summit County residents are concerned because some RV owners lack proper building and health-department permits.

"While it is not appropriate to allow residents to live in RVs permanently, staff is of the opinion that if someone owns a piece of property in a recreational area, they should be allowed to utilize that property as it was originally intended," Strader’s memo states.

But "placing a time restriction on the amount of time an RV can be utilized on site may be appropriate," according to Strader.

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