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County zoning lacks multi-occupant restrictions

5/31/12 (Thu)

County zoning lacks multi-occupant restrictions

By JILL DENNING GACKLE

Editor’s Note: This story and the accompanying story on RV regulations are the third in a series on zoning and how the cities and counties are addressing a housing shortage that is resulting in more campers and multiple unrelated people living in single family homes.
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“We need some new ordinances. There are repeated problems we need to try to address.”
That’s what Ladd Erickson, McLean County states attorney, had to say about county zoning ordinances.
But it’s not clear yet how the ordinances could be designed to protect recreational users, while protecting the county landowners from the development of worker camps.
“Philosophically, where’s the line? Dad and uncle come every year to hunt pheasants for two weeks or oil workers working for two weeks and then going home.”
Erickson said McLean County is a little different beast because of the recreational users who don’t want to see their privileges compromised.
He said the county has already faced issues of people building nice homes next to what becomes a lot filled with campers every weekend. Now the county is seeing emerging interest in RV parks and camps for workers.