CRESTVIEW — The Crestview City Council on Monday continued talks to rewrite the city's rules for storage of recreational vehicles.
Currently, the city follows the county's ordinance, which prohibits RVs and campers from being kept inside the city. The rule has largely gone unenforced.
The proposed revision would allow RVs to be stored in the rear and side yards of single-family homes, but prohibit anyone from living in the vehicles and hooking up vehicles to water and sewage lines. Only one RV would be allowed per home.
There were also proposed enclosure and fence requirements, which were nixed during the discussion.
“We need an honest compromise that shows we’re looking out for all our citizens," said Councilman Shannon Hayes.
The ordinance would allow RVs to be lived in only during temporary emergencies, such as floods or fires. Residents would need to apply for a permit during such situations, which would be valid for 180 days with a possible 90-day extension.
During emergency uses, RVs would need to be pumped out by a licensed and bonded wastewater hauler or taken to a licensed wastewater receiving station.
The council plans to vote on the final ordinance at the February council meeting.