The Prairie Village discussion about regulating recreational vehicles, sparked by complaints about a full-size Airstream kept at a house near 67th and Nall, is headed to city’s planning commission for a more thorough vetting.
Council positions ranged from considering a total ban on permanent RV storage to making no changes to current restrictions.
The divided city council Tuesday followed a staff recommendation to ask the planning commission to consider changes to the city’s ordinance on recreational vehicles and hold public public hearings on the issue. The city’s ordinance that regulates storage of recreational vehicles also covers boats, trailers and large trucks and vans.
A survey of surrounding cities’ policies on recreational vehicles showed that several have similar restrictions for setbacks as Prairie Village which requires that they be stored behind the front line of the house, assistant city administrator Kate Gunja reported.
Leawood requires that the RV must be permanently screened. If a vehicle is taller than allowed fencing, then it must be blocked from view year-round by evergreens or some other method, Gunja said. Mission Hills does not allow an RV to be “visible from a public street or adjoining property.”
Councilor Laura Wassmer said she would “vote for just banning them” unless they can fit in a garage. Ruth Hopkins thought that approach was too “big brother.” “I just wouldn’t support that,” she said. Charles Clark also was against a ban. He said Prairie Village is not a uniform city and the diversity is one of its assets, suggesting homes associations could be more restrictive.
Several other councilors leaned towards more restrictions. Ted Odell suggested requiring screening might be appropriate.
The planning commission will be asked to review restrictions regarding, screening, licensing, length of time on the lot without moving the vehicle, definition of the hard surface required, setbacks and corner lot restrictions.
Currently, RVs can only be kept on a driveway for only 72 hours while being prepped or cleaned. Then they become subject to the permanent storage restrictions.