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Updated May 21, 2015
 
It has been a tradition in IM for more than 30 years that recreation vehicles and campers are to be removed from undeveloped lots for the winter. Property owners can either take their equipment home until spring or store it in the fenced lot provided by the Indian Mountain Metropolitan District (IMMD) near the former Sportsmen’s Ranch and prairie golf course. For information about the storage lot, please see www.indianmountain.info

To assure consistency with this long standing tradition, some property owners reviewed the newsletters of IMPOA and IMMD from the first editions to the present time to see how the policies and practices for camper removal started and how they changed over the years. They found that in the 1980s, owners had to have permits from Park County to camp on their lots in Indian Mountain. Camping was only permitted from May 1 to September 15, by which time all campers were to be removed. The permits were $35 a year and could only be renewed for seven years. Violators could be fined or even jailed. It must have been assumed that owners would either build a cabin by the end of seven years or otherwise tire of camping. In the 1990s, the county regulations changed so that permits were no longer required but camping equipment was still to be removed from undeveloped residential lots anywhere in the county by September 15.

The covenants of Indian Mountain have always contained restrictions on camping. Although the covenant language varied slightly depending on where (which filing) a property was located, the basic requirement was clear: owners may camp on their undeveloped lots for up to 90 days but not for more than 30 consecutive days. The reason for the covenant restriction is reflected in the old newsletters, i.e., the protection of property values. Although IMPOA has overseen covenant compliance in Indian Mountain since its incorporation in 1985, it has not required strict adherence to the language of the covenants during the summer months. Instead, IMPOA has notified owners of the need to remove campers in the fall lest it be presumed that the camper was being stored on undeveloped lots for a long period over the winter and therefore in violation of the covenants. For the most part, IMPOA has found that property owners in our community are amazingly cooperative and only need gentle reminders to do the right thing.

Park County’s Land Use Regulations (LURs), current as of May 2015, contain the following requirement s relative to RVs and Campers:

Camping: Temporary, non-commercial lodging by a lot(s) owner and his or her invited guests. No tent, trailer, recreational vehicle, or other camping unit may be permanently affixed to the ground. A camping unit may be occupied for camping purposes for a period not to exceed a combined total of six months in any given year.
 
Temporary Construction Dwelling Permitted:
  1. Construction Dwelling may be located in any zone district subject to the following requirements:
  1. The dwelling must be a recreational vehicle, camper, manufactured building, or other similar shelter that includes interior areas and facilities for water, wastewater (sewer), heat, and sleeping accommodations and meets all applicable building codes. Mobile Homes may not be used as Construction Dwellings. 
  2. A Construction Dwelling shall only be a lawful use if each of the following requirements are met or satisfied:
  1. The dwelling must be registered with the Park County Planning Department.
  2. There shall be a valid and effective building permit issued for the property on which the Construction Dwelling is located authorizing construction of a permanent residential building on the same lot.
  1. Use Deemed Unlawful. Failure to meet or satisfy the requirements of both (A)(2)(a) and (b) above shall render the Construction Dwelling an unlawful use.
  1. Removal of Construction Dwelling. Construction Dwellings that are not recreational vehicles or campers must be removed from the lot before a certificate of occupancy is issued for the permanent residence, unless the Construction Dwelling is permitted as a Guest House or Accessory Structure.
 
IMPOA notes that when construction is complete and the owner has a Certificate of Occupancy, the owner is permitted to keep an RV or camper on the property.