Jeffersontown, Ky., is an affluent suburb immediately east of Louisville, the city that has hosted the RV industry’s National Trade Show for years and which hosted a major RVers’ rally last month.
But the Lousiville metro area’s association with the RV industry has not prevented a controversy over RV owners’ parking rights from surfacing in Jeffersontown, according to The Courier-Journal of Louisville.
During a City Council meeting last week, more than 30 RV owners said they were threatened with fines of up to $25 per day for parking their RVs in their driveways.
A 31-year-old Jeffersontown ordinance says residents can’t park RVs that are more than 25 feet long on residential lots, but the RV owners demanded that the council rescind the ordinance. They said they had never heard of the law and doubt that it has been enforced.
The city’s code enforcement officer confirmed that Jeffersontown hadn’t issued a citation for violating the ordinance in the last three years, which is as far back as his records go.
The council passed a resolution last week to consider revising the law. But one councilman said it might take the council until September to pass an amended ordinance “if members determine it’s necessary.”
Jeffersontown City Attorney Fred Fischer, who has worked for the city many of the 31 years the parking ordinance has been in effect, said nobody had ever complained about it.
“You’ve raised some good issues,” Mayor Clay Foreman told the RV owners. “But I’m not sure everybody here would be happy with what we decide.”
Fischer told the newspapr later he believes many Jeffersontown residents who weren’t at the meeting approve of the current RV parking limits. He supports the ban because he said trailers detract from the appearance of neighborhoods.
RV owner But Regina Thoman said she believed Jeffersontown’s ordinance was outdated. When it was drafted, she said, people were living in their RVs on residential lots, but that now RVs are expensive pieces of equipment that people use as secondary homes and park next to attractive houses.
The RV owners asked for a moratorium on the law until the city could revise it.