KC council approves new RV ordinance
by Bain Serna
Sep 08, 2012 | 1141 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES CITY – An ordinance regulating the placement and location of recreational vehicle (RV) parks within the city limits of Karnes City was approved by the city council of Karnes City at its Aug. 28 regular monthly meeting.

City officials say the increased presence of RVs within the city has made it necessary for the city to set certain regulatory standards and requirements regarding proper safety, sanitation, and maintenance relating to the operation of present RV parks, as well as future construction of any new ones.

According to the ordinance, an RV park is defined as any lot, tract or parcel of land with at least one hundred feet frontage on a public road, used in whole or in part, for the accommodation of RVs.

An RV can be defined as a travel trailer, motor home, dependent trailer, or self-contained trailer that is used as a residence.

Part of the regulation is the issuing of a permit by the city, giving permission and authorization to an individual to construct, alter or operate an RV park. The permit may be issued by the city after the review and approval of the RV plot plan that adheres to city standards, as well as the payment of applicable permit fees.

Some of the safety standards of the RV park ordinance include fire protection and prevention, as well as proper and adequate lighting in parking lots, streets, walkways, and service areas.

Among the sanitation standards include functional water systems, proper sewage, and proper collection and disposal of garbage and refuse.

City officials say that the goal of the ordinance is to maintain good organization and proper accountability with regards to the growing number of RVs that are coming to the city, largely related to the Eagle Ford Shale.
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