Temporary housing changes presented at city planning meeting
Feb. 18--SAN ANGELO, Texas -- The first wave of proposed ordinance amendments affecting temporary housing in San Angelo has come before the City Planning Commission.
By noon Monday, a handful of recommendations and potential changes to the amendments were sent back for further deliberation.
Any campground or RV park in city limits must cover a minimum of 10 acres, not counting rights of way or easements, according to the first draft of amendments. No more than 10 spaces would be allowed on each acre.
The commission elected to examine uniformed spacing of lots vs. allowing property owners to determine where to place the units. Additionally, the commission will look into counting easements toward acreage requirements.
Campgrounds and RV parks next to local streets and residential zoning districts would require opaque screens. A privacy fence, earthen berm, drought tolerant plants or other materials no less than 8 feet high and approved by the commission and City Council would be required.
Using plants and trees as a screen creates additional problems, said Russell Gully, of SKG engineering. When the plants change with the seasons, the city would have another issue to deal with, he said.
The committee will re-examine drought tolerant plants as a screening option.
"I think we have created a monster of asking code and compliance to regulate all this stuff," said Darlene Jones, committee chairwoman.
Site lighting must be shielded and directed at the campground or RV property, according to the draft. Primary access to the sites from a local street would not be allowed, nor would accessory or storage buildings associated with sites.
The maximum length of stay at campgrounds and RV parks would be six months in a 12-month period. No permanent living structures would be allowed on properties except for site managers and employees.
According to the draft, 15 percent of RV spaces would be exempt from the six-month stay requirement to allow longer temporary living at managed level.
A second look at stay limitations was included in the commission's recommendations.
The City Council voted to enact a 90-day moratorium on zoning requests and applications for manufactured housing parks, campgrounds and RV parks in November as new ordinance amendments were drawn up.
Tuesday the council will vote on a second moratorium to buy 90 additional days, which would expire on May 16.
The planning commission reconvenes March 17 and has agreed to hold special meetings as necessary to hammer out ordinance amendments.
A full copy of the draft amendment of ordinances is available at: cosatx.us/Home/ShowDocument?id=2449.
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