Today, Council will consider a sweeping series of Planning/Building changes that would legalize RV occupancy on private residentially zoned land & eliminate blight ords that concern private land use of RVs. What's in the changes: 1/9
Changes would allow rental of land for RV owners on private residentially zoned property, both vacant and built up. RVs could either use loo, kitchen etc facilities in a house/structure on property, or would need to have waste & hook ups, utilities if that's not the plan 2/9
Changes would also allow the rental of an RV on private residential property to a tenant. There would be state tenant protections for both rented RV to tenant and rented land to RV owner. Former would have City Just Cause protections also, but RV owner on rented land wouldn't 3/9
One RV per parcel would be a fairly straightforward process with permitting from City. More than one, if rented for profit, would fall under state rules and be treated as an RV park. Those are complicated, and if for-profit require sewage/utility hookups 4/9
A multi-RV situation where no rent is being charged or run by a non-profit wouldn't fall under the state rules, & would be able to use bathroom/water/kitchen facilities in an onsite structure. 5/9
While changes would get rid of blight ordinance, those already caught up in it would still owe the fines. But there'd be a 120 day stay to allow them to follow new rules, and if they do, the fine would be waived. The permitting costs aren't exorbitant, but might cause issues 6/9
With the removal of the blight ordinance, unclear if current RV livers could continue on as normal if RV has no fines. Seems like a grey area, but the City says it will do spot checks city wide. Hopefully this will be fleshed out further today. 7/9
City reps themselves have said they hope to partner with non profits to fund privately run RV mediations for homeless and precariously housed folks. It does seem to open up a new horizon for homeless intervention, with caveat that there's only so much space per parcel 8/9
The changes would also allow the construction of straw/clay housing, would give new, more consistent definition for factory-made homes and give new height regs for modular construction. More today in my live-report 9/9
Last note on this, hard to see Council passing the separate tenant protections ordinance if they don't pass the initial Planning changes because it would be illegal to rent those units.
Per Kalb on this, the spot checks would be on those units that enter the permitting system, and, according to him, those who don't would sort of get a blind-eye, grey area treatment

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