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Lafayette Council To Consider Recreational Park Trailer Ordinance [POLL]

FEMA trailers, Flickr user Ms. President
FEMA trailers, Flickr user Ms. President

LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL) — The Lafayette City-Parish Council will consider Tuesday night an introductory ordinance that would not allow residents to permanently live in so-called recreational park vehicles in unincorporated areas of the parish.

According to the ordinance, recreational park vehicles include camper trailers, travel trailers, truck campers, recreational vehicles, park trailers, and FEMA trailers.

In part, the ordinance states:

…It is in the best interests of the Parish of Lafayette that Recreational Park Trailers be prohibited from being used as permanent residences in the unincorporated areas of the Parish of Lafayette and that [their] use…should be regulated to promote the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of the [Parish] to to promote aesthetic quality and sustain property values in order to promote present and future development in this area… 

woman in Rayne was killed when the travel trailer in which she was living caught fire. Lafayette City-Council member Jay Castille, a former firefighter, said the proposed ordinance is merely in the interest of public safety.

“I fought tons of these camper fires, and people have died in these camper fires,” Castille said. “It’s just not a safe place to live. It’s really not.”

Residents currently living in a recreational park vehicle would be grandfathered under the ordinance, but Castille said any new such development would not be allowed.

“We’re not going to kick anybody out,” Castille said. “It’s just, no more new campers. And if you move it, that’s it.”

What do you think? Should the Lafayette City-Parish Council pass a ban on using such buildings as permanent homes? Take our poll below, and voice your opinion.

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