Prairie Village council moves to increase regulation for storing RVs, campers

The full-sized Airstream trailer permanently parked at this 67th Street home prompted a group of neighbors to ask the City Council to re-examine its ordinances.
The full-sized Airstream trailer permanently parked at this 67th Street home prompted a group of neighbors to ask the City Council to re-examine its ordinances.

The Prairie Village city council on Monday voted to have city staff draw up language that would tighten the city’s ordinance regarding the storage of RVs, boats, campers and trailers, requiring residents to screen RVs with at least six feet of covering and provide a custom-fit cover for their vehicle.

In December, a group of neighbors in the neighborhood around 67th Street and Nall Avenue approached the city about considering revisions to its current RV storage regulation after a new homeowner there began storing an Airstream trailer in his driveway full time. Because the vehicle was stored behind the front line of the home, it conformed with city storage regulations — but neighbors said they didn’t like having to look at the trailer from their windows all the time.

The city then formed a work group made up of councilors Laura Wassmer, Terrence Gallagher and Ashley Weaver to review its RV storage regulations. The work group presented several options to the rest of the council and recommended a set of revisions that would amend the current ordinance in four ways:

  • Changing the definition of “temporary storage” to “not to exceed seven days total in a 30-day period.”
  • Requiring that vehicles stored in a front yard be stored not only behind the front building line of the vehicle owner, but behind the lines of the building as it extends to each side of the property.
  • Requiring that all RVs much be fully screened up to six feet high. “Screening” would mean the “use of evergreen plantings to substantially shield the RV from the view of neighboring properties on all sides.”
  • Requiring that all covers must be “custom fit to the contours of the boat, RV or trailer.”

The council voted unanimously to have staff develop new ordinance language that they will consider for final adoption at a council meeting in the near future with the exception of councilor Ruth Hopkins, who said she couldn’t see the need to change the existing regulations.

“I’ve been on council 22 years and we’ve had one complaint,” she said of the RV storage issue. “I don’t see this as a raging problem in Prairie Village.”

The slide presentation Assistant City Administrator Kate Gunja delivered to the council on the background and work on the RV storage issue is embedded below:

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