ORDINANCE NO. 655
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, ENACTING A NEW TEMPORARY UPMC 19.31 RELAXING RV PARKING REGULATIONS WITHIN THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE DURING THE 2015 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
WHEREAS, in 2015, the U.S. Open Championship will occur from June 15th through 21st in University Place; and
WHEREAS, this marks the first time in its more than 100-year history that the Championship has been held in the state of Washington, and with an estimated 30,000 attendees per day coming and going for the seven days of the Championship, it is by far the largest event ever to occur in our city with ticket holders essentially doubling the population of University Place during the event; and
WHEREAS, from the time the 2015 U.S. Open was announced by Pierce County in 2007 through today, University Place residents have expressed valid concerns about impacts to the community as a result of the Championship; and
WHEREAS, the City is restricting on-street parking and closing streets in the vicinity of the Chambers Bay Golf Course to facilitate the transportation of ticket holders and others to secure our residents’ access to and from their homes during the seven-day event, and to avoid the congestion from event traffic and parking that could hinder emergency response times; and
WHEREAS, the City has received inquiries from residents who wish to host guests in a recreational vehicle on their property during the U.S. Open Championship; and
WHEREAS, the 2015 U.S. Open Championship is scheduled to last for up to 8 days; and
WHEREAS, the University Place Municipal Code Chapter 19.30 allows the temporary habitation of one recreational vehicle per residential parcel for 5 days without a permit and for up to 14 days with a permit subject to location requirements; and
WHEREAS, to reduce the potential impact of the habitation of recreational vehicles used for temporary habitation in residential areas and to reduce the City’s permit work load during this busy period, Chapter 19.30 should be temporarily superseded by a new temporary Chapter 19.31 to allow recreational vehicles to be used for a longer period without a permit subject to conditions that will minimize their impact to the community;
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF UNIVERSITY PLACE, WASHINGTON, DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Temporary Habitation of a Recreational Vehicle Regulations. A new temporary Chapter 19.31 of the University Place Municipal Code entitled “Temporary Habitation of a Recreational Vehicle Regulations" is hereby enacted to read as follows:
TEMPORARY HABITATION OF A RECREATIONAL VEHICLE REGULATIONS
A. These Temporary Habitation of a Recreational Vehicle Regulations are adopted pursuant to the police power of the City of University Place to promote public safety during the period in which the City will be impacted by the 2015 U.S. Open Championship at the Chambers Bay Golf Course.
19.31.020 Temporary Habitation of a Recreational Vehicle Regulations
A. These Temporary Habitation of a Recreational Vehicle Regulations wholly supersede any conflicting provisions stated in or incorporated into University Place Municipal Code Section 19.30.040(9)(b).
B. One recreational vehicle or travel trailer for each 7,260 square feet of lot area (6 per acre) may be used during the effective dates and times of these temporary regulations, as a temporary dwelling on private residentially zoned property already containing another dwelling unit, or structure, up to a maximum of ten (10) per parcel. Each recreational vehicle or travel trailer must be parked within the parcel off street, with a setback of not less than eight (8) feet from all neighboring property lines.
C. Subject to owner application for, and issuance of, a City Special Event Permit, one recreational vehicle or travel trailer for each 7,260 square feet of lot area (6 per acre) may be used during the effective dates and times of these temporary regulations, as a temporary dwelling on private residentially zoned property which contains no existing dwelling unit or structure, up to a maximum of ten (10) per parcel. Each recreational vehicle or travel trailer must be parked within the parcel off street, with a setback of not less than eight (8) feet from all neighboring property lines.
D. Habitation of the recreational vehicle or travel trailer may be permitted for up to 10 days without a permit and for an extended period not to exceed 14 days upon issuance of a recreational vehicle use permit by the City.
E. Habitation of recreational vehicle or travel trailer is not permitted in the public right-of-way, or otherwise on-street.
F. In all circumstances, power must be provided to the recreational vehicle or travel trailer from the residence, on the parcel, or by properly permitted temporary utility connection. The use of portable generators or the running of recreational vehicle or travel trailer motors to provide power or charge batteries is prohibited.
19.31.030 Penalty for Violation.
Any violation or failure to comply with any provisions of this Chapter shall be deemed a civil infraction and shall be subject to a penalty of $250.00 per offense.
Section 2. Severability. If any one or more sections, subsections, or sentences of this ordinance are held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portion of this ordinance and the same shall remain in full force and effect.
Section 3. Effective Date - Expiration. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect on June 13, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. and shall fully expire on June 23, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.
PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL ON MAY 4, 2015.
Denise McCluskey, Mayor
Emelita Genetia, City Clerk
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
Steve Victor, City Attorney
Publication Date: 05/06/15
Effective Date: 06/13/15