A.   Purpose And Intent: The recreational vehicle park regulations are intended to govern the development and operation of areas for temporary parking of recreational vehicles and accessory uses or incidental business for the convenience of the occupants. Parks should be naturally well screened by existing natural planting and have direct accessibility from major thoroughfares.
   B.   Application, Licensing, And Operational Requirements; Inspections: All parks shall comply with the following requirements:
      1.   A special license is required to operate an RV park that would renew annually upon passing an inspection. Applications shall be submitted to building and code enforcement and shall include a copy of a current license from the Illinois department of public health and a site plan of the park.
      2.   Only RVs with a current state license shall be permitted in the park.
      3.   Adequate means of securing an RV are required. Approval of such methods will be determined by the building department as part of the condition to grant the annual license.
      4.   Every person holding a license shall give notice in writing to the building department within twenty four (24) hours of having sold, transferred or given away or otherwise disposed of interest in or control of any RV park. Such notice shall include the name and address of the person succeeding to the ownership or control of the park.
      5.   All sites within a park must be subsequently numbered with four inch (4") reflective site numbers placed on a post, minimum of three feet (3') high and be clearly visible from the street. A map of the site layout shall be placed at the entrance to the park and also filed with the fire department.
      6.   All parks shall only be permitted to operate between April 1 and October 31. They shall remain closed for the remainder of the year. All utilities/services must be disconnected or disrupted between November 1 and March 31 and any use of the units is prohibited during that time.
      7.   All permits for alterations and improvements must be in the park operation's name.
   C.   Application For Special Uses: The procedures and requirements outlined in section 9-1-6-11 of this ordinance shall apply. Additional information as follows shall accompany the application:
      1.   Special use permit is to be issued to the park operator and is not transferable.
      2.   A site plan drawn to scale, designating the area to be used for campground, showing all improved lots, unimproved lots, structures, parking areas, roads, walkways, and twenty percent (20%) of the campground to be set aside for recreational areas and service facilities.
      3.   A preliminary drainage plan.
      4.   A preliminary utility plan.
      5.   A landscaping plan that conforms to the buffer yard requirements for setbacks from residential areas, public rights of way, and bodies of water.
      6.   Required plant material for setbacks along the boundaries of residential areas and public streets for all new parks.
         a.   Required Plant Material/One Hundred Feet:
      For Twenty Five Foot Setback
      3 canopy trees.
      2 understory trees.
      3 evergreen trees.
      8 shrubs.
6 foot high, 95 percent opaque fence placed at the higher intensity use.
      For Thirty Foot Setback
      2 canopy trees.
      1 understory tree.
      3 evergreen trees.
      7 shrubs.
6 foot high, 95 percent opaque fence placed at the higher intensity use.
      For Forty Foot Setback
      1 canopy tree.
      1 understory tree.
      2 evergreen trees.
      6 shrubs.
3 foot high, 25 percent opaque fence placed at the higher intensity use.
      For Fifty Foot Setback
      1 canopy tree.
      1 understory tree.
      2 evergreen trees.
      5 shrubs.
      7.   Existing campgrounds must have a planted perimeter along the main road that should include fast growing three foot (3') high bushes such as dogwoods, planted at ten feet (10') on center intervals. This is with the understanding that security is a park operator's responsibility.
      8.   The special use permit is to be renewed annually with an inspection by the building department and a report of that inspection is to be given to the zoning board for review prior to the issuance of the renewal permit.
   D.   Conditions Of Use: Recreational vehicle parks are subject to the following conditions:
      1.   Acreage Of RV Parks: All RV parks in the M2 district must be a minimum of twenty (20) acres. Existing parks less than twenty (20) acres in B4 and B5 are allowed, but if the operation ceases for one year it cannot be renewed.
      2.   Density And Open Space Requirements: Eighteen (18) RVs per acre of land and restrict each site to a minimum one thousand five hundred (1,500) square feet with a minimum of thirty foot (30') frontage and fifty foot (50') depth and allow no more than one recreational vehicle or two (2) camping units per site.
      3.   Parking Operation: Parks are seasonal, operating between April 1 and October 31.
      4.   Skirting And Lot Numbers: All units must be tied down and have skirting and all units must have lot numbers four inches (4") high, clearly visible from the street.
      5.   Ownership Prohibited: Park ownership of units is prohibited.
      6.   Gravel: Pads and roads are to be gravel.
      7.   Required Setbacks And Separation: The following setbacks and separation distances shall apply. In measuring these distances, all required setbacks and required separations shall be measured from the outermost edges of any steps, decks or porches adjacent to the recreational vehicle. A recreational vehicle site shall not encroach into the ultimate public right of way or in any area designated as a buffer or landscape easement.
Setback Separation
Minimum Distance (Feet)
Recreational vehicles to recreational vehicle park boundaries
Recreational vehicle and accessory structures to ultimate right of way of public street or highway
Recreational vehicle or accessory structure to interior street
Recreational vehicle to site boundary
Recreational vehicle to recreational vehicle (side to side)
Recreational vehicle to recreational vehicle (end to end)
Recreational vehicle to other structures
accessory to recreational vehicle park, including community buildings and offices
Recreational vehicle to other structures
accessory to a recreational vehicle structure
Recreational vehicle and accessory structure to any body of water
Accessory structure to site boundary
Accessory structure to any other structure on another recreational vehicle site
      8.   Accessory Structures: Decks and porches may be placed adjacent to the recreational vehicles, provided they are not attached to the recreational vehicle. The total combined area of all decks and porches shall not exceed the size of the recreational vehicle to which it adjoins or two hundred fifty (250) square feet, whichever is less. The total area of covered decks and porches shall not exceed one hundred fifty (150) square feet. The total area of any storage shed shall not exceed eighty (80) square feet.
      9.   No Permanent Structures: No permanent structure of any type shall be allowed on campsite lots. This does not apply to fire ring, fireplace or similar equipment.
      10.   Temporary Occupancy Only: No campsite shall be occupied by an individual or his camping equipment for a period exceeding ninety (90) consecutive days.
      11.   Length Of Stay For Group Camping: If an area is provided for group camping, the length of stay shall be limited to five (5) days.
      12.   Accessory Uses: Accessory uses shall not predate the installation and operation of the recreational vehicle park. When the recreational vehicle park ceases to operate, the accessory uses shall immediately cease.
      13.   Parking: There shall be provided at least one off street parking space on each lot or campsite in addition to any motor home, pickup coach, camping trailer, or travel trailer placed on the site. Additional off street parking shall be provided in an amount equal to twenty five percent (25%) of the total number of lots or campsites. Individual site parking spaces shall be surfaced with a dust free crushed stone. Additional parking areas shall be surfaced in the same manner as required for streets. All parking spaces shall not be less than ten feet by twenty feet (10' x 20') in size. Adequate access to a street shall be provided for each parking space.
      14.   Streets Within The Park: All streets within the park shall be at least eighteen feet (18') wide, constructed of at least eight inches (8") of rolled and compacted gravel, a dust free surface and adequately drained.
      15.   Utilities: All utilities shall be underground installation.
         a.   Electric: Electric wires shall be installed and maintained in accordance with the national electrical code as adopted by the village of Fox Lake.
         b.   Water: Water supply, storage and distribution facilities shall comply with standards and regulations of the Illinois environmental protection agency, state of Illinois plumbing code and the village of Fox Lake.
         c.   Sewage: A sewage disposal system shall be installed and maintained in accordance with the standards and regulations of the Illinois environmental protection agency, state of Illinois plumbing code, the county health department having jurisdiction, and the village of Fox Lake. This system shall be adequate to handle the needs of the park and its accessory uses, including a facility for disposal of wastes from recreational vehicle holding tanks.
         d.   Garbage: Garbage and refuse containers shall be of metal or plastic with a close fitting cover and shall be watertight and pestproof. Containers shall be located throughout the park in sufficient number to accept all garbage and refuse between pick ups.
      16.   Building Permits: Building permit fees shall be set forth in section 6-1-4 of the municipal code and be calculated per lot or campsite with all buildings or structures being considered separately. All applicable building codes of the village of Fox Lake shall be complied with.
      17.   Business Licenses: Business license fees and regulations shall be those established in title 3 of the municipal code.
      18.   Existing Parks: Existing parks at the date of this ordinance shall be considered legal nonconforming similar in status to a home constructed prior to this zoning ordinance. The following shall apply however to existing parks:
         a.   All units will be identified with name and lot number in four inch (4") high letters in a place that is clearly visible from the street.
         b.   Accessory structures are limited to two hundred forty (240) cubic feet with a five foot (5') high maximum.
         c.   In B4 and B5 zoning all tent camping and overnight/weekly/monthly camping shall be prohibited. (Ord. 2003-42, 8-12-2003)