Pitt County, N.C., planning officials are again asking county commissioners to amend the ordinance text governing recreational vehicles and tiny houses during their 6 p.m. meeting and public hearing today (Feb. 20), the Daily Reflector reported.
Planning staff members want the changes because the county had few regulations in place regarding RVs and RV parks. The staff initially sought the changes in December, but commissioners delayed actions because of complaints from county residents.
Planning Director James Rhodes said his office has offered additional guidelines clarifying how certain types of RVs can be set up and occupied and the definition of a tiny house.
Staff members recommended adding “recreational vehicles” to the table of permitted uses in rural-agricultural and rural-residential zoning districts. They also proposed amending the development standards for private campgrounds and RV parks.
Staff members also recommend amending the definitions for dwelling unit, recreational vehicle, recreational vehicle park and adding definitions for park model recreational vehicles and tiny houses.
The new proposed ordinance says a tiny house and its foundation must comply with either the state’s residential building code, or if it is built off-site, it must be inspected and certified under the state’s modular construction program.
If a tiny house does not comply with either building standard, it will be considered a recreational vehicle and not acceptable as a permanent dwelling.
If it is built through the HUD manufactured-housing-construction program, it will be permitted and inspected as a manufactured home.
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