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Liberty council approves variance to RV ordinance

At their meeting Tuesday, the Liberty City Council approved a variance to some portions of the city’s Recreational Vehicle Ordinance. City Manager Tom Warner told Liberty Council members the variance request came from James McCormick who is planning to locate an RV Resort on Port Road in Liberty. Current city ordinance requires all RV pads to be what are called ‘pull through sites”, meaning the big vehicles park on the pads front first. Pull through sites are generally considered easier for entering and leaving the RV Park, as opposed to Back In sites which allow drivers to back their RV’s into the space. The current Liberty RV ordinance also requires RV’s be located no farther than 200 feet from restroom facilities. Liberty City Manager Tom Warner said James McCormick planned to use an existing L-shaped building on the Port Road property for amenities like office space, restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. The building is however actually 280 feet from where the RV spaces will be located. Also, the location of the building restricts the number of pull through sites and required roadways. City Manager Tom Warner said the initial request for variances or exceptions to those parts of the city’s RV ordinance went before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission and was denied. Commission members said the ordinance restricts back in sites and restroom access for reasons of health and safety. Liberty City Council did approve the variances to the RV ordinance. Most said the new RV Resort would increase the city’s property and sales tax base. The vote was 4 to 1 with Liberty Council Member Chipper Smith the lone “no” vote. When asked why he voted against granting the variances, Mr. Smith he felt council should back the volunteer commissions that assist the city council in these decisions. The Liberty Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to reject the variance request earlier this month and Chipper Smith felt council should stand by their decision.  

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