Village of Balsam Lake, WI
Polk County
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[Adopted 7-10-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-5]
For the purpose of this article, the following definitions shall apply:
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Any of the following:
A. 
A mobile structure built on a chassis and on wheels that is between 10 and 36 feet long, including the hitch, and eight feet or less in width, designed to be used as temporary dwelling for travel, recreation, vacation or other uses and towed by a motor vehicle. It includes so-called "fifth-wheel" units.
B. 
A mobile structure designed to be mounted on a truck chassis for use as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreation, vacation or other uses.
C. 
Any size or construction of a mobile structure built on a chassis as an integral part of a self-propelled vehicle designed to be used as a dwelling for travel, recreation, vacation or other uses. It includes so-called "mini-homes," buses and motor coaches.
D. 
A canvas or folding structure mounted on wheels and designed to be used as temporary dwelling for travel, recreation, vacation or other uses.
E. 
Recreational structures which are created by altering or changing an existing motor vehicle to make it a recreational vehicle.
YARD, FRONT
That part of a lot between the front lot line and front(s) of the principal building on the lot and extended to both side lot lines.
YARD, REAR
That part of a lot between the rear lot line and back(s) of the principal building on the lot and extended to both side lot lines.
YARD, SIDE
That part of a lot not surrounded by a building and not in the front or rear yard.
No recreational vehicle (RV) shall be placed or parked on any property within the Village limits for dwelling or occupancy purposes for overnight sleeping beyond a maximum of three fourteen-day periods within any one calendar year.
In all residential and commercial districts provided for in Chapter 300, Zoning, it is permissible to park or store a recreational vehicle on private property by the owner of the property only in the following manner:
A. 
Parking is permitted inside any enclosed structure, which structure otherwise conforms to the zoning requirements of the particular zoning district where located.
B. 
Parking is permitted outside in the side yard or rear yard, provided the unit is not nearer than five feet to the lot line.
C. 
Parking is permitted outside on a hard-surfaced or well-drained driveway, provided:
(1) 
Space is not available in the rear or side yard, or there is not reasonable access to either the rear or side yard. A corner lot is always deemed to have reasonable access.
(2) 
Inside parking is not possible.
(3) 
The unit is parked perpendicular to the front curb.
D. 
The body unit must be at least 15 feet from the face of any curb.
E. 
No part of the unit may extend over the public sidewalk or public right-of way.
F. 
Parking is permitted only for storage purposes. Recreational vehicles shall not be:
(1) 
Permanently connected to sewer lines, water lines or electricity. The recreational vehicle may be connected to electricity temporarily for charging batteries and other purposes.
(2) 
Used for storage of goods, materials or equipment other than those items considered to be part of the unit or essential for its immediate use.
G. 
The unit and the area surrounding shall be kept clean and neat, including grass cutting and trimming. No storage under the unit shall be allowed.
H. 
Notwithstanding the above, a unit may be parked anywhere on the premises during active loading or unloading, and the use of electricity, water or propane fuel is permitted when necessary to prepare a recreational vehicle for use.
The Village may approve a conditional use permit for a recreational vehicle to be parked and used as a temporary semi-permanent dwelling on an empty lot during the new construction of a primary residence until such residence can be occupied, provided such time does not exceed six months from the start of construction. After the six-month period said recreational vehicle shall fall under § 247-6 and/or 247-7.