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20110715-RVMISSION — A proposal that would ban parked recreational vehicles in front yard driveways was sent back to the Planning and Zoning Commission at Monday’s Mission City Council meeting.

The ordinance stated RVs could only be parked alongside public or private streets for temporary loading or unloading and must be completed within 48 hours.

The ordinance is currently limited to R-1, or large lot, residential areas.

Resident Chris Voss praised the efforts of the city to “improve the quality of life” within the city by prohibiting parking RVs in driveways. His subdivision, Crowne Pointe, had deed restrictions prohibiting parking RVs in front of homes. Voss said it was important that the council be active in maintaining the integrity of the subdivisions and thanked the council for considering the ordinance.

Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas was unhappy with the wording of the ordinance and asked why it only affected R-1 residential lots. He asked why R-1A (large lot residential), R-2 (duplex/four-plex zonings) and R-3 (multi-family) residential zones were also not included.

At first it was recommended the other zonings be included, but attorney David Guerra recommended the item be sent back to the planning board for further consideration.

Following the meeting, the Progress Times asked the mayor if the council had considered the impact the ordinance could have on Winter Texans. Many drive RVs to the Rio Grande Valley, but may have larger mobile homes or site built houses to live in while in the Valley. Others rent houses within the community. They also park the RVs in driveways of the homes they bought or are renting.

Planning Director Sergio Zavala said that residents of Aladdin Villas would not be affected because their zoning was R-5.

Zoning R-4 is the traditional sector for mobile homes, where many of the Winter Texans reside, and would not be affected by the change. Nor would the homes in the Planned Unit Development (PUD) along Bentsen Palm Road.

Winter Texans residing in R-1, R-2 or R-3 would be affected. Those people would have to find new places to store their RVs while in the Valley. Full-time Mission residents who were parking their RVs in their front driveways would have to find new locations.

Zavala said the ordinance was aimed at RVs that could be driven, not travel trailers, which are usually smaller than RVs.

The mayor disagreed with Zavala’s definition, and said trailers are recreational vehicles and the ordinance would also apply to travel trailers parked in the front driveways of residences if approved.

“I don’t like the ordinance and that is why I spoke out against it,” Salinas told the Progress Times. “It creates too many problems for too many people.”

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