Town of Leonardtown, MD
St. Marys County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Commissioners (now Mayor and Council) of the Town of Leonardtown 4-11-1988 by Ord. No. 56. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fees, charges and rates — See Ch. 69.
Licensing generally — See Ch. 89.
Subdivision regulations — See Ch. 131.
Zoning — See Ch. 155.
Whenever used in this chapter, unless a different meaning appears from the context, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings herein ascribed to them:
Any pond, stream of water, railroad, embankment or an adequate fence or hedge.
Any natural individual, firm, trust, partnership, association or corporation in his or its own capacity or as administrator, conservator, executor, trustee, receiver or other representative appointed by the court. Whenever the word "person" is used in any section of this chapter prescribing a penalty or fine as applied to partnerships or association, the word shall include the partners or members thereof, and such word as applied to corporations shall include the officers, agents or employees thereof who are responsible for any violation of said section.
Any vehicle, vehicle trailer, automobile trailer, trailer coach, mobile home or similar structure so designed and constructed as to permit occupancy thereof as sleeping quarters for one or more persons or the conduct of any business, trade, profession or occupation or use as a selling or advertising device and so designed that it is or may be mounted on wheels and transported over highways and streets, propelled or drawn by its own or other motive power.
Any park, trailer park, trailer court, trailer coach park, court, camp, site, lot, parcel, plot or tract of land designed, maintained or intended for the purpose of supplying a location or accommodations for any trailer coach or trailer coaches occupied for dwelling or sleeping purposes and upon which any trailer coach or trailer coaches are parked and shall include all buildings used or intended for use as part of the equipment thereof whether a charge is made for the use of the trailer coach park and its facilities or not. This shall not include automobile or trailer sales lots on which unoccupied trailers are parked for purpose of inspection and sale.
A plot of ground within a trailer coach park designed for the accommodation of only one automobile and one trailer coach.
It is hereby made the duty of the Commissioners of Leonardtown[1] to enforce all provisions of this chapter as prescribed herein or such provisions as may hereafter be enacted, and, for the purpose of securing such enforcement, any of the members of the Board of Commissioners or its duly authorized representatives shall have the right and are hereby empowered to enter upon any premises on which any trailer coaches are located or are about to be located and inspect the same and all accommodations connected therewith at any reasonable time. The Commissioners are further empowered to issue orders granting, renewing and revoking such permits and licenses as are provided for in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
Editor's Note: Pursuant to the 1989 Charter, the Commissioners of Leonardtown are now the Mayor and Council of the Town of Leonardtown.
It shall be unlawful within the corporate limits of the Town of Leonardtown for any person to park any trailer coach on any public way, street, alley, highway, sidewalk, thoroughfare or other public place or occupy any trailer coach on any tract of land owned by any person except as provided in this section.
Emergency or temporary stopping or parking is permitted on any street, alley or highway for not longer than two hours, subject to any other and further prohibitions, regulations or limitations imposed by the traffic and parking regulations or ordinances for that street, alley or highway.[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 146, Vehicles and Traffic.
No person shall park or occupy any trailer coach outside an approved trailer coach park, except:
The parking of only one unoccupied trailer coach in a private enclosed garage or other accessory building or in a rear yard, is permitted, provided that no living quarters shall be maintained or any business practiced in said trailer while such trailer is so parked or stored. The provisions of this section shall not apply when the term of the stay does not exceed 24 hours, except that the occupants shall comply with any health regulations that may be enforced by the town health authorities.
Upon the written permission of the Commissioners of Leonardtown for good cause shown, the Town Administrator may approve a permit for a trailer coach as defined in § 141-1 which may be used as a temporary office or shelter incidental to construction or development of the premises on which the trailer coach is located, but only during the time construction or development is actively under way or two years, whichever is shorter.
It shall be unlawful for any person to establish, operate or maintain or permit to be established, operated or maintained upon any property owned or controlled by him a trailer coach park within the corporate limits of the Town of Leonardtown without having first secured a license therefor from the Commissioners of Leonardtown. Annual license fees for the year beginning July 1 each and every year in the amount as hereinafter set forth shall be due and payable on or before July 31 of the current year. Any new trailer coach park commencing business after July 1 must obtain the required license prior to the starting of said business.
The application for such license or the renewal thereof shall be filed with the Secretary and shall be accompanied by a fee as set forth from time to time by the Mayor and Council for each trailer coach space in the existing or proposed trailer coach park and a license bond in the sum of $1,000 to guarantee compliance with the terms of this chapter. The application for a license or renewal thereof shall be made on forms furnished by the Commissioners and shall include the name and address of the owner in fee of the tract (if the fee is vested in some person other than the applicant, a duly verified statement by that person that the applicant is authorized by him to construct or maintain the trailer coach park and make the application must accompany the application) and such a legal description of the premises upon which the trailer coach park is or will be located as will readily identify and definitely locate the premises. The application shall be accompanied by four copies of the park plan showing the following:
[Amended 3-14-1994 by Ord. No. 78]
The extent and area for park purposes.
Roadways and driveways.
The location of sites or trailer coach spaces for trailer coaches.
The location and number of sanitary conveniences, including toilets, washrooms, laundries and utility rooms to be used by occupants of units.
The method and plan of sewage disposal.
The method and plan of garbage removal.
The plan for water supply.
The plan for electrical lighting of units.
No license for the operation of any type of trailer coach park shall be issued unless all real estate taxes, personal property taxes or any other public dues, fees or assessments levied against said premises by the Town of Leonardtown wherein the trailer coach park business is to be conducted are paid to and including the fiscal year immediately preceding the year for which the license is applied.
Before such license may be issued, there must be a favorable recommendation by a majority of the Commissioners.
Licenses issued under the terms of this chapter convey no right to erect any building, to do any plumbing work or to do any electrical work.
Trailer coach parks may be located in those areas of the town approved for such use by the Commissioners.
Each boundary of a trailer coach park must be at least 200 feet from any permanent residential building located outside the park, unless separated therefrom by a natural or artificial barrier or unless a majority of the property owners according to area within such 200 feet consent, in writing, to the establishment of the park.
Every trailer coach park shall be located on a well-drained site, and the premises shall be properly graded so as to ensure rapid drainage so as to prevent the accumulation of storm or other waters and so as to ensure freedom from stagnant pools of water.
Trailer coach spaces shall be provided in each trailer coach park and shall be clearly designated, and such spaces shall consist of a minimum of 1,000 square feet for each space, which shall be at least 25 feet wide and clearly defined. Trailer coaches shall be so harbored on each space that there shall be at least a fifteen-foot clearance between trailer coaches; provided, however, that with respect to trailer coaches parked end-to-end, the end-to-end clearance between the trailer coaches may be less than 15 feet but shall not be less than 10 feet.
The Commissioners are hereby authorized to revoke any license issued pursuant to the terms of this chapter if, after due investigation, they determine that the holder thereof has violated any of the provisions of this chapter or that any trailer coach or trailer coach park is being maintained in any unsanitary or unsafe manner or is a nuisance.
Any person aggrieved by an order of the Commission granting, denying, renewing or revoking a license for a trailer coach park under this chapter may file a written request for a hearing before the Commissioners within 10 days after issuance of such order. The Commissioners shall give notice of a public hearing upon this request to be held in not less than five days after service of the notice on the person requesting the hearing. The Commissioners may also give notice of the hearing to other persons directly interested in the order in question. At such hearing, the Commissioners shall determine whether the granting, denial, renewal or revocation of the license was in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and shall issue a written finding of fact, conclusions of law and an order to carry out its findings and conclusions. These findings of fact, conclusions of law and order shall be filed with the Secretary and served by the Commissioners upon all parties appearing or represented at said hearing.
Any person, corporation, firm, partnership or association found guilty of violating any article, section or provision of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine of not less than $5 and not more than $1,000 and/or imprisonment in the county jail of St. Mary's County, Maryland, for not more than six months.
[Amended 3-14-1994 by Ord. No. 78]
Every day such violation of any article, section or provision exists shall constitute a separate offense and shall be punishable as such hereunder.