The Prairie Village council spent more than a year reviewing the issue before passing updated regulations on recreational vehicle storage at its meeting Monday — but the timing in the wake of an unneighborly anonymous letter intended for a house with an RV parked in its driveway may have some people in the metro turning their heads.
After hearing from several residents about the placement of an Airstream trailer on a 67th Street driveway in December 2013, Prairie Village formed a work group to examine current regulations andcompare them to neighboring municipalities. The group met four times in the spring and summer of 2014, and ultimately came up with the following regulation recommendations:
- All RVs must be parked on a hard surface.
- Items shall not be stored in front of the front building line or the line of the building as it extends to each side of the property.
- Five feet away from rear lot line
- Five feet away from side lot line
- In all instances, an RV must be at least 15 feet from the street.
- RV must be fully screened up to 6 feet
- All covers must be custom fit to the contours of the boat, RV or trailer
The Prairie Village council on Monday took a final vote on the recommendations, passing them by a vote of 11-1. Ward 1 councilor Ruth Hopkins was the lone dissenting vote, said the regulations addressed an issue that was not widespread enough to warrant city intervention. In 23 years on the council, she said, she’s only heard one complaint about RV storage.
“I think this is Big Brother at its worst, making more regulations where they aren’t needed,” she said.
One Prairie Village resident did complain about a stored RV recently, however. An anonymous letter that ended up in the mailbox of the wrong house curtly requested that a 71st Street resident remove the vehicle from the driveway because “in beautiful PV KS it does not fit” although “In some lesser areas an RV fits right in” and then listing “Independence, Gardner, Troost area western Shawnee, etc…”
After the story was picked up by other local news outlets, social media blowback was swift, with many labeling the writer a snob. The anti-letter writer sentiment has grown so strong that 96.5 The Buzz’s morning show, Afentra’s Big Fat Morning Buzz, is organizing an “RV parade” Friday through the hashtag #RVPV:
Here is the details, Parade of the RVs, Friday 08:30 AM. WE NEED YOUR RVs! Time to take PV down a notch. #RVPV
— Black Chill (@dannyboi965) January 6, 2015