River Meadows mobile homes violating Glenwood Springs city code
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Some residents of the River Meadows Mobile Home Park have hired an attorney to investigate why they’ve apparently been allowed to rent and purchase mobile homes that violate city code.
The city of Glenwood Springs sent a letter to River Meadows owner Joe Corda on March 10 informing him of “several issues” that need to be brought into compliance with city zoning and building codes. The city said the issues came to light after a review initiated by concerns last spring that the Roaring Fork River might flood areas of the park.
The alleged violations include: There are 32 RV spaces at River Meadows but a development permit allows for only 20; only 35 percent of the RV spaces can be filled by park model RVs, but River Meadows has most of its spaces filled with these more permanent mobile homes; there are RV spaces in locations not approved in the park’s development permit with the city; and there are RVs stationed in the Roaring Fork River’s floodway for more than 180 days without required engineering analysis.
A message left with River Meadows requesting comment wasn’t immediately returned. An attorney representing the park is out of the office until Monday.
Charles Willman confirmed that he is representing a group of River Meadows residents to investigate potential legal claims against the park’s ownership. Two residents contacted didn’t want to be named in this story, but one said some residents worry they’ll be forced out of the park. Another fear is that they may have wasted years of income renting or purchasing property that, without their knowledge, is in violation of city code.
The city’s community development director, Andrew McGregor, said the city has met with River Meadows officials and is waiting for them to indicate how they’d like to address the code compliance issues. That could include a modification of the park’s development permit in an attempt to accommodate some of the residents.
The alleged code violations had gone under the city’s radar because park model RVs don’t require any permitting, and River Meadows installed them without the city’s knowledge, McGregor said.
“They failed to verify if they were in or out of compliance with their own development approvals,” McGregor said. “We’re giving them a little bit of time to gather planners, engineers, attorneys and so forth to sort this out, but we won’t wait indefinitely. It’s a very unfortunate situation, and we certainly don’t want to force anyone out on the street, but on the other hand the owners have taken some liberties where they had no approvals to add additional homes.”
Last summer, residents of River Meadows complained about cutting down trees there. Park officials said it was done to protect the residents.
One upset resident allegedly struck park manager Karen Price after she sent a notice threatening to evict anyone who interfered with the tree cutting. The notice said, “One strike and you’re gone. This is very serious and not a field trip regarding environmental concerns.”
Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121
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