ORDINANCE NO. 356

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF SOUTH PRAIRIE, PIERCE COUNTY, WASHINGTON REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 186 WHICH ALLOWED PERMITTING FOR A TRAVEL TRAILER OR RECREATIONAL VEHICLE MAY NOT BE USED FOR A RESIDENCY IN EXCESS OF FIFTEEN (15) DAYS PER YEAR.

 

Whereas, Ordinance #186 was passed on July 7, 1987, and

Whereas, under that ordinance it is permissible to utilize a travel trailer for a residence if permitted, and

 

Whereas, a travel trailer would include recreational vehicles under the definitional terms of Ordinance #186, and

 

Whereas, the Town currently is on a moratorium with regard to its sewer capacity, and

Whereas, the allowing of a travel trailer or recreational vehicle to be used as a residence would add another residential unit to the sewer system which is in violation of the Washington State Department of Ecology (WDOE) moratorium, and

Whereas, a maximum of fifteen (15) days per year to reside in a travel trailer or recreational vehicle is reasonable to accommodate visiting guests.

Now, therefore, the Town Council of the Town of South Prairie, Pierce County, Washington do ordain as follows:

 

Section 1: Ordinance #186 is repealed.

 

Section 2: Definitions: A travel trailer or recreational vehicle (RV) shall mean any structure, originally designed and manufactured to be transportable and for the use as a permanent and/or temporary dwelling for human habitation. It specifically includes those structures commonly known as "recreational vehicles, travel trailers, campers, and motor homes".

Section 3: Regulations: It shall be unlawful for the owner, operator or lessee of any travel trailer, or any person in possession thereof

A. To park or cause to permit the travel trailer to stand or to be parked upon any public street, avenue, park, alley, right of way or any other public place within the corporate limits of the Town for more than 48 consecutive hours.

 

B. To cause or prevent the travel trailer to be used for living and/or sleeping quarters upon any private property within the Town for more than fifteen (15) days, except if in a permitted RV Park.

 

Section 4: Penalties: Violations of this ordinance shall be a misdemeanor and punishable up to a maximum of one year and/or $5,000.00.

 

Section 5: If any provision of this ordinance is determined to be unenforceable or invalid for any reason, the remaining provisions shall remain in force and affect.

 

Section 6: This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force five (5) days from and after its passage, approval and publication as required by law.

 

Mayor Layne Ross INTRODUCED: 9/1/98 PASSED: 9/1/98

                                           APPROVED: 9/1/98

                                           PUBLISHED: 9/1/98

 

Attested:                  

Marla Nevill                                                      

Town Clerk/Treasurer   

Approved as to Form:

 

 

 

Michael J. Reynolds City Attorney