BROOKHAVEN, Miss. — Brookhaven now has a set of guidelines to follow in regards to recreational vehicle parks, which may help put an end to debates around the city board table concerning plans for a proposed RV park that were held up in September.
At the Sept. 15 board meeting, aldermen had approved a moratorium on RV parks in the city in order to have the time to regulate the specifics of similar developments in the future. This held up progress on one that was under way in Ward Five.
A committee of Ward Four Alderwoman Shirley Estes, Ward Six Alderman David Phillips and Ward Two Alderman Terry Bates came up with ideas, some of which were derived from ordinances used by other cities. But Mayor Les Bumgarner had put the committee together to ensure Brookhaven would have its own regulations to follow.
Estes said the new ordinance says once an RV has been on the lot for more than 90 days in any 12-month period, that amounts to permanent residency and a fine will be issued to the owner of the RV park.
In addition, the ordinance addressed requirements for a fence around the park, which will need to be put up on three sides. Estes and Phillips clarified that the fence will need to be at least 8 feet high and made of wood or some other material that cannot be seen through.
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