Chapter 17.50


17.50.010    Intent.

17.50.020    Permissible zones.

17.50.030    Conflicting regulations.

17.50.040    General standards.

17.50.050    Sanitation, hygiene and utilities.

17.50.060    Length of occupancy.

17.50.070    Special occupancy permitted.

17.50.080    Minimum development standards.

17.50.090    Modification of development standards.

17.50.100    Accessory uses.

17.50.110    Park control regulated.

17.50.010 Intent.

The intent of these regulations is to ensure that recreational vehicle parks meet minimum standards of habitability and do not adversely impact surrounding properties. (Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).

17.50.020 Permissible zones.

A. Subject to a conditional use permit and a plot plan approved by the planning commission and city council, recreational vehicle parks may be established in the RR-1, RR-2, and OS zones.

B. Property specifically approved for recreational vehicle use shall not be used for any other purpose than that specified. (Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).

17.50.030 Conflicting regulations.

In the event of conflict between any provision of this chapter, or of a conditional use permit issued under this chapter, and any provision of Part 2 of Division 13 of the Health and Safety Code or any controlling state regulation pursuant thereto, the state law or regulation shall apply. If the state law or regulation is not controlling, then the more stringent provision or that requiring higher standards shall apply. (Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).

17.50.040 General standards.

A. No recreational vehicle park may be established that does not conform to the requirements of Title 25, Chapter 5 of the State of California Administrative Code, Division 13 of the Health and Safety Code of the State of California and this code. Persons wanting to establish a recreational vehicle park will submit detailed plans of the proposed park in accordance with requirements of Chapter 17.60 HMC.

B. No person shall establish a recreational vehicle park within the city until permits for that purpose have been obtained from the building department.

C. Recreational vehicle parks shall be duly licensed as a business and shall conform to all laws governing businesses.

D. Recreational vehicle parks shall be located on a parcel of land not less than three acres in area.

E. All vehicles within the park shall be kept mobile so that they may be moved within one hour if required. (Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).

17.50.050 Sanitation, hygiene and utilities.

A. A minimum of 90 percent of recreational vehicle spaces within the recreational vehicle park shall be provided, as a minimum, with electrical and potable water hook-ups.

B. Each recreational vehicle park shall maintain, as a minimum, one disposal site for the sole use of receiving discharges from recreational vehicle holding tanks and one additional disposal site for every 100 recreational vehicle spaces or fraction thereof. Said discharge facility shall be located in such a manner as to not present unpleasantness to tenants and neighboring residents.

C. If sewer attachments are provided, existing regulations shall apply.

D. Every recreational vehicle park shall contain one public sanitary facility apportioned on the basis of one facility per 20 vehicle spaces or fraction thereof for each sex. A shower, lavatory and sink shall be provided in a like ratio. Hot and cold running water shall be provided. Toilets shall be water flush type.

E. All utilities and amenities shall be underground.

F. Public eating and drinking facilities such as restaurant and cocktail lounges may be present within the park, but must meet all standards and laws concerning the same.

G. One washer and dryer per 20 vehicles or fraction thereof shall be provided.

H. Central trash collection and storage areas shall be provided and screened in each recreational vehicle park. Such areas shall be distributed throughout the park and shall be approved by the public works department.

I. A public telephone shall be provided for the use of park patrons and shall be centrally located and readily identified to ensure ease of access for emergency use.

J. Fire protection measures shall be provided as approved by the city fire department. (Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).

17.50.060 Length of occupancy.

Length of occupancy of each recreational vehicle space shall be regulated as follows:

A. Persons occupying vehicles with total hook-up capacity, including sewer, water and electricity, shall not occupy any space in a recreational vehicle park for a period exceeding 150 days in any 12-month period, nor shall the cumulative occupancy by such persons of different spaces within the same recreational vehicle park exceed a total of 150 days in any 12-month period.

B. Persons occupying vehicles with less than total hook-up capacity shall not occupy any recreational vehicle space in a recreational vehicle park for a period exceeding 90 days in any 12-month period, nor shall the cumulative occupancy of such persons of different spaces within the same recreational vehicle park exceed a total of 90 days in any 12-month period.

C. The recreational vehicle park manager shall maintain a log of the names of persons and dates of occupancy of spaces. The log shall be made available to a code enforcement officer of a question arises as to compliance with these occupancy limitations. (Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).

17.50.070 Special occupancy permitted.

A special occupancy permit may be issued from the building department allowing a recreational vehicle to occupy any portion of the recreational vehicle park for more than 90 days. This permit shall be valid from date of issuance and terminate 60 days post-issuance. Renewal of the special occupancy permit is allowed. (Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).

17.50.080 Minimum development standards.

A. Each space for each recreational vehicle shall provide not less than 1,250 square feet per unit.

B. Adequate space shall be provided within each recreational vehicle space to accommodate one additional vehicle for the purpose of off-street parking.

C. All recreational vehicles shall have direct and free access to roads within the park. No more than one recreational vehicle may occupy a recreational vehicle space, with the exception that two tents or one tent and trailer may occupy an existing space provided clearances to adjoining vehicle spaces are maintained.

D. Roads within the recreational vehicle park shall be paved to city standards. No road shall be less than 25 feet wide within the park.

E. A total of not more than 20,000 square feet may be used to provide space to accommodate the residence of the park owner/custodian and his family, storage area and required maintenance facilities.

F. Recreational facilities providing a minimum of 2,000 square feet of area shall be required within each recreational vehicle park. This limitation shall not include any open land less than 10 feet wide between sites or include public facilities, sanitary facilities, etc., in its total.

G. Recreational vehicle spaces shall contain a pad 10 feet by 40 feet that shall be composed of a minimum of decomposed granite type materials on which the recreational vehicle shall be parked. Spaces shall be so designed as to allow 10-foot widths between successive recreational vehicles.

H. The following setbacks shall be required:

1. Front, rear and side setbacks are required for recreational vehicles. Placement of recreational vehicles on lots to provide setbacks of varying depths is encouraged. Minimum front, rear and side yard recreational space setbacks shall be five feet.

2. Front, rear and side setbacks for custodians area. When the park custodian constructs a standard single-family dwelling and accessory buildings upon that portion of the park designated for the same, all setbacks and separations applicable to the R-1 zone shall apply.

I. All setbacks from streets and other areas in a recreational vehicle park not used for driveways, parking, buildings, and service areas shall be landscaped in accordance with the conditions of the conditional use permit. Walls, earthen berms and landscaped buffer strips shall be used wherever possible to minimize noise from highway sources.

J. A screening wall of eight feet in height shall be provided to effectively screen the park from adjoining land uses and to ensure privacy of patrons and adjacent residences. Screening in all parks shall be approved by the planning commission and city council.

K. Signs advertising the recreational park may be prominently displayed at each entrance to the park and will conform to specifications for signs as determined by Chapter 17.56 HMC.

L. Adequate lighting shall be provided for all walkways, streets, parking areas, sanitary facilities, storage areas and recreational facilities. No lighting shall be constructed or positioned so as to cause direct or undesirable illumination of adjacent property or recreational vehicle spaces within the park. (Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).

17.50.090 Modification of development standards.

Modification of the development standards contained in HMC 17.50.080 may be granted by the planning commission only when it determines that such modifications will not be detrimental to the public interest or incompatible with surrounding land uses. (Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).

17.50.100 Accessory uses.

A recreational vehicle park may include the following accessory uses provided such uses are designed to be clearly accessory to the recreational vehicle park and intended for the convenience of the occupants and their guests:

A. Building or buildings designed for indoor assembly and/or recreation;

B. Commercial structures and uses such as a general store, restaurant, lunch counter, and/or snack bar;

C. Service buildings and facilities incidental to and customarily accessory to permitted uses, including saunas and swimming pools;

D. Storage facilities may be provided for the storage of vehicles belonging to park occupants. Storage area shall be paved and enclosed by solid wall or fence not less than six feet in height. (Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).

17.50.110 Park control regulated.

The park owner and/or custodian shall be responsible for the control of nuisances within the park. The owner and/or custodian will ensure that rules of order for the park patrons are posted and enforced. Rules of the park shall as a minimum require animal, child and public controls to protect the peace and prohibit nuisances. The park owner and custodian will ensure provisions of this code are followed. (Ord. 441 § 1, 2000).