Council considers allowing RVs in Knightdale mobile home parks

mhankerson@newsobserver.comNovember 12, 2013 

The Hargrove family, owners of Village Squire Mobile Home Park, have asked the Knightdale Town Council to allow more RV lots within mobile home parks. Village Squire has three RV lots and the owners said they could fill their 18 vacant lots with RVs.

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— The owners of Village Squire Mobile Home Park are asking the Knightdale Town Council to allow them to dedicate more lots for RVs, allowing temporary residents to stay up to four years.

At their meeting last week, council members considered allowing a certain number of RVs in mobile home parks. Knightdale regulations don’t explicitly ban RVs in mobile home parks, but the town has no rules for keeping them either.

Stephen Hargrove, who manages Village Squire, said his family’s mobile home park has three lots dedicated to RVs. The family created those lots at the suggestion of Wake County when the sewer system wouldn’t support any more permanent lots.

Now, the Hargroves want to increase the number of lots they offer for RV residents.

In the early 1980s, the park began to see more residents who were looking for temporary housing in the form of RVs, but Village Squire didn’t always have lots to offer, Hargrove said.

“The RV lots stay pretty much full all the time,” he said. “There’s a demand for RV sites.”

Village Squire has 18 vacant lots and plenty of potential residents asking to park an RV there, Hargrove said. At about $400 a month for an RV lot rental, Village Squire could be making an extra $7,200 a month.

The proposal before the town council would allow mobile home parks to dedicate 10 percent of their lots to RVs. The Hargroves are looking for a slightly higher percentage cap – 15 percent – to help fill their vacant lots.

Under the proposed ordinance change, RV lots would have to be more than 300 feet away from any right of way unless a fence blocked them from view. The ordinance also would allow RVs for at least a month but no more than four years.

Knightdale senior planner Jeff Triezenberg said staff chose four years to make RVs an option for college students, one group that has come to Village Squire looking for space.

“We’ve had college students, government workers, professional-type people,” he said. “We’ve had very, very good luck. Most (RV residents) have a permanent home.”

The Hargroves first approached the council in August.

The proposed change was scheduled to go to the town’s Land Use Review Board on Nov. 12. After that, it will return to the town council for its vote.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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