Tryon approves new RV regulations

Published 6:41 pm Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ordinance prevents living in travel trailers
The Town of Tryon has amended its zoning ordinance to restrict residents from living in travel trailers/recreational vehicles.
Tryon Town Council met June 19 and held a public hearing and approved the amendment.
New text added to the residential use section of Tryon’s zoning ordinance says recreational vehicles are permitted as a temporary single family dwelling in districts that permit travel trailer parking areas, but recreational or travel trailers shall not be used as a single family dwelling on an individual lot or in conjunction with a primary residence on an individual lot.
“Recreational or travel trailers may be used only on privately owned property, in any residential district, to host out-of-town visitors during temporary visits aggregating no more than thirty (30) days during any twelve (12) month period, and no more than fourteen (14) days consecutively,” states the amendment.
Interim town manager Joey Davis said the new text basically says the town understands situations like family members coming to stay on a temporary basis but the town does not want recreational or travel trailers being used on a permanent basis.
Town officials said there are some incidences in town currently where people are allegedly living in recreational or travel trailers.
Councilman George Baker said the ordinance does not state anything about the travel trailers being “self-contained.”
Council decided to adopt the draft and send it back to the planning board for fine-tuning.

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