Parked trailer not covered by zoning, administrator says
Complaints about an Airstream trailer parked in Glen Arbor’s commercial district were discussed this week by the Glen Arbor Township Board.
Zoning administrator Bob Hawley reported his findings Tuesday night as to how the zoning ordinance may address a recreational structure that has been parked this summer at The Sportsman’s Shop on Ray Street. Supervisor John Soderholm said the travel trailer had initially stuck out in the right-of-way on M-22. However, it has since been moved back.
“Everybody has a dog in this fight,” Soderholm told the group of about six in the audience. “But (Hawley) is the man on this.”
Hawley said neither the recently adopted parking ordinance nor the township zoning ordinance addresses the situation.
“When the parking ordinance was adopted in May, no one anticipated this would be an issue,” he said.
The new parking rules ban overnight parking in two spots in the township: road ends leading to the water and behind the township hall.
Hawley said he also examined the portions of the township zoning ordinance that might apply. This included sections dealing with fire hazards, minimum square-footage, off-street parking and prohibited uses.
“I have not been able to find anything in the ordinance that I can hang my hat on,” Hawley said, suggesting that language to address the issue could be provided the Planning Commission when it reconvenes in September after its two-month break. “We can’t do much now, but we can act to try to eliminate it in the future.”
Soderholm encouraged swift action by the planners.
“It is a ‘next year’ issue but it’s also something we want to get on,” he said.
Bob Smith, owner of the Sportsman’s Shop, said the trailer is used when he travels to fishing tournaments. He is now offering such trailers for sale.