October 1, 2013

Town proposes zoning changes

CHAMPLAIN — The Town of Champlain’s draft amended zoning law includes changes to provisions for storage and use of travel trailers.

Scott Allen of AES Northeast, who served as a consultant on the project, said the changes allow a clearer understanding of the allowed occupancy and storage of such campers.

“It really is less restrictive than what the old ordinance said,” he said. 


Town of Champlain Codes Enforcement Officer Michael Tetreault said infractions of the existing rule have become more of an issue, with increasing complaints. He said he has been holding off until the new law is in place.

“Once we have the new law going forward, that’s the one I’m going to enforce,” he said.

Previously, the town zoning ordinance stated no travel trailer located outside a travel-trailer park could be connected to water, sewer or electrical utilities except for a temporary 15-day period. In addition, a travel trailer could not be inhabited or used for sleeping or eating quarters for more than 15 days per year.

The third provision stated travel trailers could not be stored on a property except that of the owner and with an existing residential structure on that property.


The draft zoning law says a travel trailer can be inhabited only if a permit is received from the town. That permit is valid for a maximum of 120 days, and only one permit per parcel can be granted per year.

No fee for the permit was established with the draft version of the law.

After 120 days, the trailer must be removed from the property for a minimum of 245 days before another permit can be obtained.


The trailer must be connected to adequate water, sewer and electrical service while occupied. The Clinton County Health Department is responsible for certification of wastewater systems, Tetreault said, but many trailers have self-contained units.

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