ESCANABA - Escanaba's ordinance on the parking of camper trailers within city limits has not been updated for more than four decades. A committee meeting tonight will begin to discuss ways to bring the rules up to speed, as well as address other types of trailers.
"The purpose of the committee will be to research the existing ordinance to see where it may be outdated and come up with changes that address the needs and culture of the community today," explained City Manager Jim O'Toole.
Escanaba's current ordinance does not allow the parking of any camper on any street or other public place overnight.
According to the city ordinance, a permit is required to park an unoccupied camper for more than 72 hours. The trailer must be in the backyard at least three feet from the lot line. Campers cannot be more than 23 feet long and eight feet wide.
Neighbors within 75 feet of a backyard where a camper is located, except for across the street, can object in writing to the city manager who may determine the permit shall not be renewed.
The city ordinance, last updated in 1969, does not address the parking of boats on city streets and boulevards - the space between the road and sidewalks, noted O'Toole.
According to the city's zoning code: "Storage of a boat, motor home, camper, utility trailer or other recreational vehicle or equipment is limited to rear and side yard only. Storage shall mean parking the vehicle or equipment in an area unused for the purpose for which it was designed for a period of 30 consecutive days or more."
The city zoning code also notes that front yard private property - such as a driveway designed to store a boat, motor home, camper, utility trailer or other recreational vehicle or equipment - is allowed provided the minimum yard setback requirements are met.
Business trailers, which are not used for living quarters, can be parked in commercial and manufacturing districts without a permit, according to the city's ordinance. A permit is also not necessary for a trailer displayed for sale by a licensed motor vehicle dealer.
Tonight's meeting begins at 6 p.m. at city hall.