Chapter 1 - General Provisions
This ordinance shall be known as and may be referred to as the Weber County Forest Campground Ordinance.
The purpose of the Ordinance is to provide regulations for the development and construction of forest campgrounds in the mountain and canyons areas of the unincorporated portion of the County of Weber in order to ensure that all such development will guarantee the public health, safety and general welfare, and represent, to the greatest extent possible, efforts to preserve the natural amenities of the landscape and ensure harmony with the overall environment.
For the purpose of the ordinance, terms used herein are defined as follows:
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- Forest Campground - An area used or designed to accommodate three or more automobile campers, travel trailers of not more than eight feet in width, motor recreational vehicles or tents for use of periodic overnight accommodations expressly for temporary outdoor recreational activities. There are four (4) categories of forest campgrounds, as follows:
- Public Campground - A forest campground owned and operated by a public agency.
- Semi-Public Organization Campground - A forest campground owned and operated by a semi-public non-profit organization for the exclusive temporary use and enjoyment of its members.
- Private Campground - A forest campground owned and operated by a private organization for the exclusive temporary use and enjoyment of those sharing in the ownership of the campground and/or of those holding a purchased membership in the organization.
- Commercial Campground - A forest campground owned and operated expressly for the purpose of renting space in the campground on a transient basis for profit to the general public.
- Camp Site - An area within a campground designed or used to accommodate one party in a single travel trailer, recreational vehicle or tent.
- Spur - a graded and graveled projection form a road within the campground designed specifically for parking a travel trailer, recreational vehicle, or automobile and serving a single camp unit.
- Trailer Loop - a graded and graveled projection extending from and connecting to a road within the campground specifically for parking a travel trailer and serving a single camp unit.
- Building Inspector - Building Inspector of Weber County.
- County Health Department - The County Health Department of Weber County.
- Health Officer - The Director of the County Health Department, or any member of his staff authorized to represent him.
- Fire Chief - Fire Chief of Weber County Fire Department or any member of his staff authorized to represent him.
- Planning Commission - The Planning Commission of Weber County.
Chapter 2 - Permit and Application
13-2-1 Forest Campground Construction or Improvement Permit
It is unlawful for any person to construct, enlarge, alter, improve any forest campground, or to cause the same to be done, unless such person holds a valid and existing permit issued for the performance of such work by the Building Inspector.
13-2-2 Building Code
The procedure prescribed by the Uniform Building Code as adopted by Weber County and as amended shall be followed in applying for permits for the construction or alteration of a forest campground.
13-2-3 Application, Site Plan Review
In addition to other requirements, there shall be submitted to the Planning Commission with the application a comprehensive site plan drawn to scale showing the area and dimensions of the campground number and location of camp sites and group picnic areas location and dimensions of parking spurs, loops, and other parking areas width and arrangement of roads and the location and description of all camp facilities to include table, fireplaces, hydrants, toilet facilities, other accessory buildings and a design plan for supplemental planting, if proposed. An additional statement shall be submitted which indicates the suitability of the soils and general slope characteristics of the site to accommodate proposed development.
Additionally there shall be included on the submitted site plan, contour lines at five foot intervals in vertical distance except where slope on the site is excessively steep or flat, such being the case, the contour interval may be increased or decreased to better depict overall topography location and description of dominant ground cover and other natural features including streams, ponds, and lakes; and attached to the site plan a brief statement indicating actions to be taken to preserve the natural environment.
The Planning Commission shall promptly review the site plan, and if it shall appear therefrom that the plan complies with all applicable ordinances and regulations and represents in the opinion of the Planning Commission an acceptable overall design plan conducive to promoting public convenience, health, safety and general welfare and preservation, to the greatest extent possible, of the natural amenities of the area, it shall endorse their approval thereon and authorize the issuance of a Land Use Permit.
The Planning Commission may in its discretion, propose recommendations and impose conditions for the improvement of said plan to provide for the safety and protection of the users and preservation of the environment. If the Planning Commission shall find that said plan does not comply with applicable ordinances and regulations, it shall disapprove said plan and return same to the applicant with a statement in writing indicating reasons for disapproval. Any action of the Planning Commission to impose conditions, reduce the actual number of campsites or deny the request for a conditional use permit shall be based on criteria in the Zoning Ordinance which is the basis for issuance of Conditional Use Permits. No permit shall be issued if the Planning Commission disapproves said site plan.
13-2-4 Denial of permit-Review
Any person, firm or corporation whose application for a permit under the provisions of this Section has been denied by the Planning Commission may appeal such decision to the Board of County Commissioners upon filing a written request therefore within ten (10) days after notice of such denial. Such written request shall specify with reasonable particularity the grounds on which the applicant relies for a reversal of the Planning Commission's denial of the permit. The County Commission may affirm, amend or reverse in whole or part the decision of the Planning Commission. The decision of the County Commission shall be final.
13-2-5 Unlawful to Vary from Approved Plans and Specifications
It is unlawful for any person to do any work in and about the construction, alteration, repair, improvement or enlargement of any forest campground or any structure thereon, for which a permit is required, which varies in any substantial particular from the approved plans and specifications submitted with the application for such permit and which were approved and/or upon which the permit issued is or was based.
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Chapter 3 - License Requirement and Application
13-3-1 License Required
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to operate, maintain, or offer for use any forest campground without first making application to the License Department and obtaining a license to do so.
13-3-2 Application for Issuance of License
No new application for license shall be considered until the plans for such use shall have-first been approved by the Planning Commission and a Land Use Permit has been issued as required by the Zoning Ordinance, and no such license shall be issued until such approval has been obtained. Any license issued without such approval shall be null and void. Each applicant, in making application for a license shall specify the exact number of campsites which shall be offered for use. Any enlargements, increase in capacity, or modification of an existing use shall be construed to be a new application of the purpose of this regulation, and no existing license shall be modified and no land use or building permit for such enlargement, increase in capacity or modification shall be issued until the application for the same shall be approved by the Planning Commission as required for a new application. Licenses for existing uses may be modified for increased use or expansion during the license year, but such license shall show thereon the additional facilities provided.
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Chapter 4 - General Requirements
13-4-1 Miscellaneous Laws, Ordinances and Regulations
In addition to the requirements as set forth in this Ordinance, all uses shall be established and constructed in compliance with all existing state and local statutes, ordinances, codes and regulations, including the Rules and Regulations of the County Health Department and/or State Department of Health, local County and State Law Enforcement Agencies and Fire Department.
All signs shall be in accordance with requirements of the zone in which the campground is to be located.
13-4-3 Periodic Recreational Usage Only
No automobile camper, travel trailer, motor recreational vehicle or other similar vehicle or structure shall be located in a Forest Campground for full time or year round use as a permanent dwelling habitation, and shall not be used for such purposes, but shall be used solely for periodic, four season, part-time recreational living purposes and shall be maintained in a readily movable condition.
The County Building Inspector shall have the power to require the disuse and removal of any such vehicle or structure if, in his determination, such vehicle or structure is not being used solely for part-time, periodic recreational living purposes.
13-4-4 Duration of Campsite Occupancy
Commercial campground sites shall be occupied no longer than two (2) consecutive weeks by the same camp party.
13-4-5 Restrictions Relating to the Erection of Structures
No structure of any type shall be erected in a forest campground except those accessory structures as permitted in Section 8-1 of this Ordinance.
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Chapter 5 - General Site Development Standards
13-5-1 Minimum Campground Site Area
The minimum area for a forest campground shall be determined by the lot area requirements of the Zoning Ordinance for the zone in which the campground is to be located, provided no campground shall have an area of less than five (5) acres except in the FRC-1 and CR-l zones such campgrounds shall have a minimum area of one (1) acre.
13-5-2 Maximum Number of Campsites Allowed
The maximum number of campsites allowed in a forest campground shall be as follows:
- In a public, commercial or semi-public organization campground - five (5) campsites per acre of land designated and developed for camping purposes.
- In a private campground, the same area for each two campsites as required for a main use in the zone in which the campground is located.
The Planning Commission, in reviewing the site plan and attached statements, shall determine if the site is capable of accommodating the proposed maximum number of campsites allowed and shall thereupon determine whether the number of campsites per acre will be reduced below the maximum permitted. Such determination shall be based upon the land cover, percentage of land area with a slope in excess of 30% and other resource limitations.
13-5-3 Density and Spacing Requirements
Campsites shall be spaced in such a manner so that not more than five (5) individual campsites shall occupy less than one (1) acre of land. Cluster of campsites should consist of approximately twenty (20) campsites and should be separated by natural barriers such as ridges, valleys, heavy timber, or similar natural features or by a sufficient distance to assure compatibility with the natural landscape.
13-5-4 Traffic Circulation
- There shall be safe access into the campground through a single entrance where possible.
- Acceleration and deceleration lanes shall be provided when the campground entrance is in close proximity to a heavily traveled highway. The lanes shall be three hundred (300) feet in length.
- The surface width for two-way roads shall be at least sixteen (16) feet and at least twelve (12) foot widths shall be provided for one-way roads.
- All roads in the campground shall be graded and graveled and shall not exceed a grade of more than fifteen percent (15%).
- Turn-around loops shall be constructed to provide at least a forty-five (45) foot turning radius measured to the center line of the road.
- A minimum distance of two hundred (200) to three hundred (300) feet shall separate roads within the campground.
- Spurs on one-way roads shall not exceed a forty-five degree (450) angle measured to the center line of the road.
- Spurs for automobiles and campers shall be at least thirty (30) feet long, measured on the short side of the spur from the edge of the road.
- Spurs for trailers shall be at least fifty-five (55) feet long, measured on the short side of the spur from the edge of the road.
- Spurs shall be a minimum of twelve (12) feet wide.
- The rear half of a spur and midsection of a loop shall not exceed two percent (2%) grade in order to provide a near level pad on which trailers and campers may be satisfactorily leveled. The rest of the spur or slope shall not exceed six percent (6%) grade; cross sections of loops and spurs shall be level or near level.
- Trailer loops shall be a minimum of sixty (60) feet local, measured along the edge of the adjoining interior road from center line or entrance to center line of exit.
- Group parking located to serve picnic areas shall be arranged to permit adequate ingress and egress to individual spaces. Wheel stops shall be provided for each parking space.
- Group parking facilities shall not be located more than two hundred (200) feet from the picnic area they are intended to serve. There shall be a minimum of one (1) parking space per picnic table.
13-5-6 Water Supply
- Source: Water supplies shall be from a public water supply or from another source meeting requirements of "Rules and Regulations Relating to Public Water Supplies" as adopted by the State Board of Health.
- Water: 1. There shall be a minimum of one (1) hydrant per five (5) camp units.
13-5-7 Waste Water Disposal
- There shall be a minimum of two (2) flush-type water closets for each campground, one designated for female and the other for male. Campgrounds having in excess of fifteen (15) camp units shall have two (2) additional flush-type water closets for each additional fifteen (15) camp units or fractions thereof.
- Toilet facilities for males and females if located in the same building shall be separated by a sound-resistant wall.
- All toilet facilities must be located at least seventy-five (75) feet from the farthest family unit and at least one hundred (100) feet from all lakes, streams or wells.
- A toilet facility shall be located no further than five hundred (500) feet from the farthest family unit it is intended to serve.
- Adequate access paths shall be provided from camp areas to toilet facilities and shall include an appropriate number of directional signs.
- Where a site is developed to accommodate self-contained camping units, provisions shall be made to incorporate sewage disposal stations with the flush toilet system. Constructed in accordance with the Utah State Division of Health, Code of "Waste Disposal Regulations".
- All waste water shall be disposed of into a public sewer system whenever available. Where connection to a public sewer system is not possible, waste water shall be discharged into waste water disposal system meeting requirements specified in "Code of Water Disposal Regulations", as adopted jointly by the State Board of Health and Water Pollution Committee.
13-5-8 Solid Waste Disposal
- Solid wastes, including garbage, originating from any camp shall be stored in approved, conveniently located, leak-proof, non-absorbent water-tight containers provided with approved type lids, and shall be disposed of as often as necessary to prevent a nuisance.
- There shall be one (1) refuse container for each campsite.
- There shall be provided at least one (1) refuse container for every picnic area designed to accommodate up to fifteen (15) people. The containers shall be located in a rack or on a concrete base near a service road.
13-5-9 Fireplaces and Tables
- Fireplaces shall be located at least five (5) feet from any table.
- Table should be located in shaded areas.
- A five (5) foot radius cleared of all flammable material shall be maintained around fireplaces and grills.
13-5-10 Group Picnic Sites
- Group picnic areas should be approximately three hundred (300) feet from camp units and other picnic areas.
- There should be appropriate grading and graveling or paving of group picnic sites where tables and fireplaces are clustered for group use.
13-5-11 Individual Camp and Picnic Sites
- Individual camp and picnic sites shall be at least seventy-five (75) feet apart. Minimum distance in aspen cover should be one hundred fifty (150) feet apart.
- Sites should be approximately fifty (50) feet from the edge of interior roads, when served by spurs, and thirty (3) feet when served by trailer loops. There should be at least two hundred (200) feet between camp and picnic sites and a main road.
- Sites shall be at least fifty (50) feet from fences and should be located far enough away from lakes and streams to permit public access.
- Camps and picnic sites should be located within ten (10) to twenty (20) feet form trailer spurs or loops and forty (40) feet from car spurs wherever possible.
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Chapter 6 - Electrical Service, Wiring, Fuel and Fire Protection
13-6-1 Electric Wiring and Service
All electric wiring shall be installed to conform with the requirement of all state and county electrical codes and ordinances. No person shall make any electrical connection without obtaining a permit and approval of the Building Inspector; except that a previously approved electrical connection system may be employed without obtaining such permit. No power line shall be permitted to lie on the ground, or to be suspended less than eighteen (18) feet above the surface of the ground.
13-6-2 Fire Protection
All forest campgrounds shall be subject to the Rules and Regulations of the Weber County Fire Department and be in accordance with the Weber County Fire Prevention Code and Requirements as herein specified.
- Flammable Materials: Forest campgrounds shall be kept free of litter, rubbish and other flammable materials.
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Chapter 7 - Accessory Structures & Dwelling Units
13-7-1 Accessory Structures
Accessory structures built within the campground shall be used for the housing of sanitary facilities, equipment used for the upkeep of the campground and for the control of the campground facilities. All accessory structures shall be a permanent type and shall be used only as incidental uses to a forest campground. Any accessory structure as permitted herein shall be constructed of materials which blend well with and are complimentary to the natural setting of the area.
13-7-2 Dwelling Units
All dwelling units shall be considered a primary use of the land and shall meet all the requirements of the Uniform Zoning Ordinance of Weber County and the standards contained therein for the particular zone in which the land use is proposed. None of the area nor any of the facilities in a forest campground may be used to satisfy any of the requirements for a dwelling, as such use related to any applicable ordinances of Weber County.
13-7-3 Other Land Uses
All other lands uses to be established in conjunction with a forest campground shall comply with all the requirements of the respective zones of the Uniform Zoning Ordinance of Weber County.
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Chapter 8 - Administration and Enforcement
It shall be the duty of the County Building Inspector, Health Officer, County Fire Chief, and such other officials as may be designated by the Board of County Commissions to enforce this Ordinance.
Any person, firm or Corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be punished as provided by the laws of the State of Utah for Class B misdemeanors. (Ord. *4-87, January 5, 1987)
Each day's failure of compliance shall constitute a separate violation.
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