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Boat/trailer/RV storage code change final leg in the Village of Hamburg

The wait may finally be over on what the code will be for the storage of boats, trailers, campers, mobile homes, motor homes and recreational vehicles in the Village of Hamburg.

After years of discussions, at least two public hearings, with many suggestions and much input which resulted in numerous rewrites of the village’s code 238, the final draft appears to be ready for approval at the May 6 Village Board meeting.

Village Attorney Edward Murphy said the code was written years ago and is more restrictive than what the proposed code is.

According to the current code, a permit is required to store any trailer, camper, boat, etc. on private property and it can not be more than 24 feet long.

The new code would require permits for trailers, boats etc. over 24 feet and under 24 feet, no permit is required.

Other changes include:

• How many months a boat/camper/trailer/RV can be stored (180 days in a driveway but a year if in a rear yard or a side yard of a corner lot),

• Temporary storage of a boat/camper/trailer/RV on private property without a permit will be extended to 120 hours. This will allow the vehicle owner time to make necessary repairs/maintenance on the vehicles and remove them from the property before a permit is needed.

Currently there is no grace period before one needs to purchase a permit.

• The applicant will appear before the Village of Hamburg Planning Commission for the permit. Previously the Hamburg Village Board granted or denied the permit.

“The Planning Commission deals with these regulations all the time and they know what the impacts are in a neighborhood,” Village Administrator Donald Witkowski said on Tuesday, April 30.

The Hamburg Village Board meets at 5:30 p.m. for a work session on Monday, May 6 followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m., where the decision on the proposed coded changes should be decided by a resolution.

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