Parker, AZ is known for its part-timers: people who spend some or most of their time working or living in another city, state or country and regularly make the trek to the Parker Strip to play. To cater for their needs, storage facilities have multiplied, and can be found everywhere. These storages are often used for keeping boats for the river, RVs, desert ‘toys’ and other essentials for the river lifestyle.
A petition circulating online voices concern about efforts to remove storage facilities from the ‘allowed uses’ in commercial zoning districts within the Parker town limits. A proposed ordinance (08-2015) would amend Title 10 of the Town Code as it applies to “commercial storage use”, the “C-2” zone, and is due for a vote at tonight’s meeting of the Town Council.
The petition, by Parker area realtor David Plunkett, reads:
“There is a proposal before the council on December 15th to remove the rights to have boat and RV storages from current and future commercial property owners. This will adversely affect value and ownership rights if approved by the council.”
The petition says that current storage facilities are maxed out with waiting lists while other commercial buildings within town limits are sitting vacant, implying that the demand in the area is for boat and RV storage.
“Exclusionary zoning practices are not the way to better our community,” the petition reads.
Plunkett says he doesn’t know where the proposal is coming from, adding that some council members have told him they don’t know either. Parker Live contacted the mayor on Friday, Dan Beaver, who said that he would have to review the ordinance when an agenda is posted.
“There’s been a push for encouraging more residential housing,” Plunkett said. “Maybe that’s part of what is going on, which I understand. But you can’t take away people’s property rights.”
Plunkett is on the agenda himself at tonight’s meeting, where he will make a plea to the council ahead of the vote, urging them to deny the approval of the zoning change. At this time of writing, his petition has 273 signatures. Details HERE.