9/29/23 - RVs in Brief

Let's talk about RVs. We all have them (right?), but where are we supposed to keep them? The current code says, like all accessory uses, our RVs need to be parked in our back yards (§ 120-163A(1)(h)). I know what you're thinking, though, my RV is big and my backyard is small. Well the planners behind the ZAP have your back. So much so that they've added an entire section of code dedicated to RVs (15.12.B). Let's take a look...

Recreational Vehicles

1. A maximum of one licensed recreational vehicle may be stored outside.

2. Licensed recreational vehicles may be stored within the interior side yard behind the front building line or in the rear yard. If a recreational vehicle and any trailer is more than eight feet in height, as measured to the highest point of the vehicle, it must be located at least ten feet from any lot line.

3. A licensed recreational vehicle or trailer licensed to transport recreational vehicles or equipment may also be stored outdoors within the corner side yard if it is eight feet or less in total height and 20 feet or less in total length. Recreational vehicles or trailers stored outdoors that exceed either of these dimensions cannot be stored in the corner side yard and must be stored in the interior side or rear yard per item 1 above.

4. The area devoted to recreational vehicle storage must be on an improved surface as required in Section 15.7.A.

5. There is no limit on the storage of recreational vehicles within fully enclosed permanent structures. Temporary storage tents do not meet the requirement of a fully enclosed structure.

6. No recreational vehicle may be used for living, sleeping, housekeeping, or home occupation purposes in any district and shall not be hooked up to any public utilities.

7. All recreational vehicles must be maintained in mobile condition. No recreational vehicle may be parked or stored in such manner as to create a dangerous or unsafe condition on the lot where it is parked or stored. If the recreational vehicle is parked or stored, whether loaded or not, so that it may tip or roll, it is considered to be a dangerous and unsafe condition.

Did I call this article brief? I'm so bad at this. Also, come again? Now I can store my RV in the corner side yard? That sounds spicy. I've been told I have a pretty enviable corner side yard, but don't take my word for it. Let's see here...

Seems legit, but wait, where am I allowed to park a car (15.4)?

Location of Required Off-Street Parking

A. Residential Uses

1. All required parking spaces for residential uses must be located on the same lot as the residential use, including the residential component of a mixed-use property.

2. No parking for such residential uses shall be located in the front, interior side, or corner side yard except in a legal driveway that provides access to a parking space in the rear yard, or a detached or attached garage.

3. Vehicles parked within a driveway or off-street parking space shall not project over the right-of-way, which includes the sidewalk, and shall have approved paved access to a curb cut.

I see - not in the corner side yard. But I can pave a parking space in that yard for my RV? Praise be. Let's take a look at how this might appear in a diagram.

Look, I like RVs as much as the next guy (probably? I'm honestly less sure, now that I typed it out), but in 466 pages of Rochester 2034, Recreational Vehicles are not once mentioned. There also doesn't appear to be a pressing need to legally park them in what is obviously a front yard by any other name on a parking pad where you legally can't park anything other than an RV (seemingly an enforcement nightmare). Why is this even in the ZAP? Where is this coming from?