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Open House: Recreational Vehicle Parking and Accessory Structures

We want to hear from you! The Township is hosting a public open house on Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m. at the Mt. Elgin Community Centre to get your feedback on proposed changes to the Township’s Zoning By-law as the provisions relate to recreational vehicle parking and the permitted sizes of accessory structures.

Recreational Vehicle Parking:

The Zoning By-law currently states that within residential zones, recreational vehicles may only be stored within detached or attached garages or carports or in the rear yard or the interior side yard provided that the RV is no closer than 1m to the rear lot line or the interior side lot line.

Additionally, a RV may be parked in a front yard for no more than 72 hours in one calendar month.

Changes to the parking provisions for recreational vehicles which may be considered through this process include the following:

  • No person shall in any Residential Zone use any lot for the parking or storage of any recreational vehicle except in accordance with the following provisions;
  • No parking or storage of any recreational vehicle shall be permitted unless the principle use, building, or structure is specifically permitted by this By-law and is already established on the same lot;
  • All required parking spaces pursuant the Township’s Zoning By-law must be provided on site (the intent is to avoid potential for increased on-street parking);
  • The owner or occupant of any lot, building or structure in any Residential Zone may store or park not more than one (1) recreational vehicle, other than a snowmobile, outside on a driveway from May 1st to October 15th each year. Where a recreational vehicle is kept on a trailer, the recreational vehicle and trailer together shall be counted as one (1) recreational vehicle;
  • No recreational vehicle shall be used for human habitation at any time;
  • The owner or occupant of any lot, building or structure in any Residential Zone may store or park not more than two (2) snowmobiles outside on a driveway from November 15th to March 31st each year. Where two (2) snowmobiles are kept on a trailer, the two (2) snowmobiles and trailer together shall be counted as two (2) snowmobiles;
  • The height of any parked or stored recreational vehicle on a lot shall be a maximum of 3.7m (12.1 ft) in height measured from grade to the highest fixed point of the recreational vehicle;
  • When any recreational vehicle is parked or stored outside of a garage, building or structure, recreational vehicles shall be located on the lot to ensure a minimum set back of 1.0m (3.28 ft) from any front, side or rear yard property line;
  • No portion of any trailer shall overhang a front, side or rear yard property line (to ensure that a trailer hitch does not overhang a sidewalk)
  • The limitations imposed herein shall not restrict the number of recreational vehicles, snowmobiles or trailers that are fully enclosed within a private garage or accessory structure as permitted in accordance with this By-law.

Accessory Structures

The Township’s current Zoning By-law states that accessory structures may be 100 square meters or 10 percent of lot area whichever is lesser with a maximum height of 5 meters in residential zones. The current provisions do not allow for a larger accessory structure on a larger lot. Considering amendments to these provisions may allow for more flexibility as follows:

  • Within settlement areas (as defined in the Zoning Bylaw): The total floor area of all accessory structure(s) to be 10 percent of lot area to a maximum of 75 square meters (807 sq ft) with a maximum height of 5 meters (16'3");
  • Outside Settlement areas in Residential Zones: The total floor area of all accessory structure(s) to be 10 percent of lot area to a maximum of 150 square meters (1,614 sq ft) with a maximum height of 6.1 meters (20') ;
  • Within Agricultural Zones: The total floor area of all accessory structure(s) to be 10 percent of lot area to a maximum of 185 square meters (rounded up to 2,000 sq ft) with a maximum height of 6.6 meters (21'8").  

The scheduled open house is an opportunity for you to attend to hear a presentation about these proposed amendments, to ask questions and provide your feedback.

Comments and feedback may also be submitted in writing the Township Clerk at clerk@swox.org.

Julie Forth, Clerk

Township of South-West Oxford

312915 Dereham Line

Mount Elgin, ON  N0J 1N0

Tel: 519-485-0477 ext. 223



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