A measure adopted this month requires builders of residential developments in Troutman that restrict open storage of recreational vehicles to provide a community storage area.
The regulations require that the storage area provide a minimum of 100 square feet per dwelling, along with buffer landscaping, adequate pavement and access to a public street.
Town officials say it might be the first such law in the state.
"I was unable to find any such language in North Carolina," said town Community Planner Erika Martin. "What I did find is that many communities have subdivisions with such storage areas, but no requirements that made them occur."
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The impetus for the new law was a conflict over storage of RVs on public property and streets, which developed last year at the Barium Seasons subdivision.
A few residents had stored boats on public roads in the community, and the homeowners' association attempted to get the town board to intercede. Town board members asked the planning staff to develop regulations that would prevent such problems in the future.
For the purposes of this regulation, recreational vehicles include travel and camping trailers, truck campers, boats, watercraft and self-propelled motor homes.
The new law affects only developments under construction or approved by the town before Feb. 12. "It will only affect subdivisions where regulations restrict recreational vehicles from being parked on personal property," Martin said.
Also at the February meeting:
The board approved a special intensity allocation for the J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library, scheduled to open in April. The approval will permit the library to build a kidney-shaped patio in front of the library using a $10,538 grant from Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation.
"This named brick patio will not obstruct water drainage in the area," said Library Director Winkie Powell. "It will have seating for people to meet, wait for a ride, read a book (and) enjoy the scenery, and a place for children's programs." Town approval was required, since the library is in a Protected Area Watershed region. The aldermen had balked at the library's previous proposal, which suggested using the Lowe's grant to build a gazebo.
The board extended for 24 months the expiration dates for water and sewer capacity agreements on two projects: A hotel/motel complex to be built on U.S. 21 just north of the I-77 interchange; and the 71-acre Georgia Mills subdivision on the north side of Houston Road.
In both cases, the economic downturn has slowed efforts to complete the projects, and the developers requested extensions, which the town board granted March 10, 2012.