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New RV Regulations Recommended by Eastern Summit County Planning Commission

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The Eastern Summit County Planning Commission, meeting on Thursday, April 1, recommended a set of code amendments to handle the long-discussed topic of private campgrounds and seasonal use of recreational vehicles.

Staff planner Ray Milliner said that campground activity and RV use have prompted discussion from residents in areas such as Samak, Manorlands, Weber Canyon and Chalk Creek – gateways to the Uinta Mountains that lie in its important watershed.

“Had a lot of people and individuals who enjoy recreating up there and using their property,” Milliner said. “But with that recreating and use of the property comes some impacts. The majority of the impacts come from improper disposal of sewage, greywater out of the RVs, also noise from ATVs, and then also there’s found some litter and things like that that come from these.”

The code amendments incorporated direction the Planning Commissioners gave to Milliner in February and some further tweaks made on Thursday.

The provisions for private campgrounds say they won’t be allowed in platted subdivisions. However, in five designated agricultural zones, they would be allowed as either low-impact permits or conditional use permits.

No single RV would be allowed longer than 14 days out of a 30-day period. And no more than 12 trailer spaces would be allowed per gross acre in a campground. They will be allowed in all zones of eastern Summit County on a limited basis. An RV that is hooked up for water, sewer and electricity would have an allowed occupancy for 14 within 30 days.

On seasonal exemptions, one RV would be allowed on a lot for 14 days of 30 within a six-month period.

And on a lot over five acres, six vehicles would be allowed for up to a week for a once-in-a-year event, such as a family reunion.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.