For the Lakeside Leader
A request by some Joussard residents to be allowed to have more than two recreational vehicles parked on their lots has been turned down by Big Lakes County council.
Council defeated the proposed by law change in a 4 – 4 vote at its June 10 meeting.
The proposed bylaw change would have seen the number of RVs allowed per lot go from two to four; this was on lots of 2.5 acres and up in the communal recreational district.
The county’s Municipal Planning Commission had recommended the change, which was presented to council by the county’s director of planning and development, Pat Olansky. She said a number of lot owners in the Southwest Shores neighbourhood of Joussard had indicated they would like to accommodate more than two RVs on their lots for family and friends.
At least one councillor didn’t like the sound of it.
“You could get up to 80 RVs at one time,” said councillor Robert Nygaard. “That’s a campground.”
If adopted, the amended bylaw would also have applied to part of Hilliard’s Bay Estates.
The intent of the bylaw as it stands, Olansky told council, was “to allow for one RV to be situated permanently on the lot and one RV parking site for visitors.”
A tie vote defeats any motion, so that’s the end of it, at least for the time being.