[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Walworth 7-1-2010 by L.L. No. 5-2010. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Campgrounds and Recreational Vehicle Parks Ordinance of the Town of Walworth."
The purpose of this chapter is to recognize the value of and establish reasonable standards for the development of recreational vehicle parks and the development of incidental camping areas and campgrounds for the benefit of the general public utilizing such parks and facilities.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CAMPGROUND/RECREATIONAL VEHICLE PARK
- Any parcel or tract of land, including buildings or other structures, under the control of any person, corporation, developer or LLC, where two or more campsites are available for temporary or seasonal overnight occupancy.
- CAMPING TRAILER
- A portable unit designed and built to be used for temporary living, including travel trailers, motorized homes, pickup coaches, recreational vehicles and camping trailers, capable of being registered and licensed for normal use on the highways of the State of New York, excluding, however, mobile homes as regulated by the provisions of § 180-42, the Mobile Home Park Law of the Town of Walworth.
- CAMPING UNIT
- A tent, camping cabin, camping trailer, recreational vehicle or other type of portable shelter intended, designed or used for temporary human occupancy.
- A portion of a campground, with or without connections to water supply, electrical service or sewage systems, used by one camping unit.
- Any individual, firm, trust, partnership, association or corporation involved in the development of a camping trailer park.
- PRIVATE AREA
- The open space that is associated with an individual camping site on which a camping unit is placed.
- RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
- A vehicular camping unit primarily designed as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, travel or seasonal use that either has its own motive power or is mounted on or towed by another vehicle. Recreational vehicles include, but are not limited to, camping trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, motor homes, park trailers, travel trailers, and truck campers.
- SEASONAL CAMPSITE
- A campsite intended to be occupied by the same individual or group for 30 days or more.
- SERVICE BUILDING
- An individual structure on a lot used for the purpose of storage or a community building used to house laundry and other facilities as may be required.
- TOWN BOARD
- The Town Board of the Town of Walworth.
Location and area requirements.
The area shall be of such character that it may be safely used for the intended purpose without danger to health and safety from fires, flood or other menace.
Conformance with health regulations. The campground/recreational vehicle park must be in compliance with the New York State Public Health Law and New York State Sanitary Code Subpart 7-3 governing campgrounds. All sanitary and health regulations, state and local, shall be met. However, no water or sewage facilities servicing individual campsites shall be of a nature for year-round all-weather use. Each park shall, however, provide community service buildings of a permanent nature to house laundry facilities and other sanitary facilities, as required by the Planning Board, it being the intent of the Town Board that use of the premises be of a transient, seasonal or temporary nature for recreational purposes only.
Site dimensions. Boundaries of trailer spaces and/or campsites shall be well-defined and permanently marked. Trailer spaces and campsites shall meet the following requirements:
Yard provisions. Camping units shall be parked in spaces so that a minimum ten-foot front yard (from road right-of-way) and a ten-foot rear and side yard setback are observed.
Parking. Two car parking spaces shall be provided for each camping trailer site to meet the needs of the occupants of the camping trailer and their guests without interference with normal movement of traffic. At least one parking space shall be situated on each camping site, and the remainder shall be located in adjacent parking bays along the park streets. Each parking space shall have dimensions of at least 10 feet by 20 feet.
Entrances and streets. Streets shall be provided on the site where necessary to furnish principal trafficways for convenient access to the camping sites and other important facilities on the property. All two-way streets within the camping trailer park shall be not less than 24 feet in width, and all one-way streets not less than 12 feet in width, and intersections shall be adequately lighted for safety of pedestrians and vehicular traffic. Plans for all entrances and exits for the camping trailer park must be approved by the Walworth Planning Board. All roads will meet construction standards adequate to accommodate emergency vehicles.
Drainage facilities. All designs of drainage facilities shall conform to the design criteria and specifications currently on file in the Town Clerk's office.
Recreation facilities. Recreation areas and facilities, such as playgrounds, swimming pools and community buildings, shall be provided on the grounds to meet the anticipated needs of the clientele the park is designed to serve and shall comply with any and all applicable New York State and federal codes.
All camping trailers situated on the camping grounds must be properly registered with the park management and said recorded and available in the park office.
The park shall be closed for use from November 1 until April 15. No camping unit may be occupied during this time period; however licensed/registered recreational vehicles may be stored on the site, unoccupied, during this time period. The camping trailer park shall maintain an accurate log showing dates of occupancy and departure and a detailed description, including license or registration number, of each camping trailer on the premises, which log shall be available for inspection and examination by the Building Inspector of the Town of Walworth at any reasonable hour.
An adequate municipal supply of water must be available to all occupants of the campground/recreational park in accordance with the New York State Sanitary Code for Campgrounds, Subpart 7-3, subject to approval by the Engineer for the Town.
An adequate and safe sewage system shall be provided in all camping trailer parks for conveying and disposing of all sewage. Such systems shall be designed, constructed and maintained in accordance with county and state health laws and shall require their approval, subject to approval by the Engineer for the Town.
Adequate facilities shall be provided and maintained for the temporary storage and handling of refuse to prevent nuisance conditions, insect and rodent infestations, and pollution of air and water.
All refuse containing garbage shall be collected at least weekly and disposed of off the premises at a New York State licensed facility. When suitable collection service is not available from municipal or private agencies, the camping trailer park operator shall provide this service. All refuse shall be collected and transported in covered vehicles or covered containers.
Whenever any campground/recreational vehicle development is proposed for location of a camping trailer park, the developer or his authorized agent shall apply for and secure approval of such proposed camping trailer park in accordance with Chapter 151, Subdivision of Land; Site Plan Review, of the Town of Walworth Code.
Upon final plat approval granted by the Planning Board, a camping trailer park license shall be granted for the designated lots shown on the final plat The license shall be renewed annually, with fees as set forth from time to time by Town Board resolution.
Such license shall be valid until January 1 succeeding the date of issuance of such license and shall be renewed annually thereafter by the Town Board if approved by it and upon payment of the fee prescribed in the above subsection.
The Town Board, after a public hearing thereon, at which time the licensee shall have an opportunity to be heard, at its discretion, may revoke or suspend the permit or license granted under authority of this chapter for failure to comply with any of the terms of this chapter or any law or regulation relating to camping trailer parks or if said Town Board shall determine that the holder of the license is an undesirable person or incapable of properly conducting the business previously licensed.
Every camping trailer park shall be under the direct management of the owner or licensee or his agent or representative. Such person or persons must be of good reputation and character and shall operate such park from an office located on the grounds, in which office shall be maintained a record of the names of all persons accommodated at the park, their home addresses and the make and description of their camping trailers.
It shall be the duty of the licensee of any such park to:
Prohibit the storage of unsightly or combustible materials or the storage of abandoned vehicles of any kind.
Provide for cleaning, painting, repairing and maintaining of all community buildings.
Provide the camping trailer park with adequate fire protection consisting of a hydrant or hydrants, fire hose and fire extinguishers so located that the same shall be immediately available. Such fire equipment shall be inspected by the Fire Inspector at regular intervals and shall at all times meet with his/her approval.
Take such other measures which shall be deemed necessary by the Town Board, the New York State Department of Health and the Building Inspector to preserve the health, comfort and safety of all persons accommodated in the park or the general public.
A sales lot or area for the purpose of selling or parking camping units shall be prohibited within the camping trailer park. However, camping units may be sold if set up on standard lots. The lots shall be maintained, and the camping units shall be suitable for living quarters.