The city of Independence is looking to improve how recreational vehicles are stored and are parked in residential areas.

The city of Independence is looking to improve how recreational vehicles are stored and are parked in residential areas.

The Planning Commission Tuesday night approved, 4-0, an amendment to the Unified Development Ordinance that addresses how and when RVs are allowed in residential neighborhoods. The proposed change now goes before the City Council for final approval.

The proposed change will not allow the parking of RVs – including motor homes, boats, pop-up campers, personal watercrafts and fifth wheels – except for four days during a 30-day time frame.

Parking an RV in the grass also is not allowed, although RVs would be allowed in the side and rear yard with a 7-foot setback from the property line.

Previously, the city’s zoning ordinance required a “consent to store” permit to park an RV in a front yard. The “consent to store” required a written consent from a majority of the property owners or occupants within 185 feet of where the RV was parked or stored.

CASE CONTINUED
One case – Mo-Kan Teamsters Apprenticeship’s rezoning application – originally scheduled for Tuesday’s agenda was continued until the Aug. 14 meeting.

The applicant wants to rezone about 2 acres of a property east of Interstate 435 and north of Wilson Road from two-family residential to business park – light industrial. This is the only part of the 38.46-acre property that isn’t located in Kansas City.

The applicant wants to develop a training field/driving course for heavy equipment operators on the Kansas City portion, with trucks and equipment also being stored on the Kansas City side of the property.  

NEW MEMBER
Tuesday night marked the first Planning Commission meeting for new member Eric Ashbaugh, who filled the vacant seat of Lyn Westfall. Westfall decided to not seek additional time on the commission when her term recently expired.

Ashbaugh recently served as co-chairman of the Independence Parks Commission.