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image The former S&W Trailer Park in Lake Point.

October 8, 2019
Developer requests ordinance change to allow longer stays at RV parks

RV parks may provide temporary housing for itinerant workers 

The owner of the former S&W Trailer Park in Lake Point has requested a change in Tooele County’s ordinance to help transform the area into a modern recreational vehicle park.

The Tooele County Commission heard the first reading of proposed changes to the county’s ordinance regulating recreational coach parks during its Oct.1 meeting at the Tooele County Building.

Chris Robinson, the developer of Saddleback in Lake Point and owner of the trailer park, requested that the county revise its ordinance governing recreational coach parks to allow spaces in an RV park to be rented for up to 150 days instead of the current 30-day limit.

The 150-day limit is needed during the off-peak season to make the RV park viable, according to Robinson.

Robinson also requested that the county change a portion of the ordinance that allows RV park campsites to include cabins without plumbing up to 400 square feet. He asked that the county strike out the “without plumbing” language in that part of the ordinance.

Along with Robinson’s request, the County Community Development Department and the Tooele County Planning Commission both added a few proposed changes of their own.

The planning commission amended Robinson’s proposal to allow up to 40% of the spaces in an RV park to be occupied by the same RV for up to 24 months for workers in construction and professional services industries at the discretion of the park’s owner.

“I can see RV parks like this filling a need for temporary housing for workers,” said planning commission member Scott Jacobs.

County planning staff’s proposed changes included a minimum area to be set aside for common use in RV parks, a requirement that areas not covered by RVs be landscaped and maintained according to an approved plan, language that requires driveways to be hard surfaced, and minimum standards for road width in an RV park.

The planning commission recommended approval of the changes during its Aug. 8 meeting. 

The County Commission will take action on the proposed ordinance changes at a future meeting, according to County Commission chairman Tom Tripp.

 

Tim Gillie

Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Tim has been writing for the Transcript Bulletin since October 2017. In February 2019 he was named as editor. In addition to being editor, Tim continues to write about Tooele County government, education, business, real estate, housing, politics and the state Legislature. He became a journalist after a 20 year career with the Boy Scouts of America. Tim is a native of Washington state and a graduate of Central Washington University.

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