KENNER, La. (WGNO) - A new zoning ordinance in Kenner that requires boat owners and RV and camper owners to store their property in garages, driveways, backyards or side yards screened off by fences or hedging could be delayed for a year.
The planning and zoning commission decided tonight to recommend extending the deadline for following the new law, giving Kenner residents until April 2018 to be in full compliance. But ultimately, the final decision rests with the Kenner City Council.
It's a lot different from what neighbors are used to, and it's not sitting well with some Kenner residents who say they don't have much of a choice.
"I use my boat sometimes three times a week. I live right by the boat launch, and it's very convenient for me. They really need to take a second harder look at this," says boat owner Brian Sandrock.
Wednesday's planning and zoning meeting was full of people, with many questioning the rationale behind the new law.
"My boat is not blight. It's a $28,000 boat, it's not a piece of junk. There are other areas of Kenner they can go to see blight," says boat owner Michael McNeely.
Council members have indicated their willingness to devise a compromise with boat owners.
Planning and zoning commissioners say the time is now to address those concerns.
"I'm not moving my boat. I bought a house knowing I could park a boat in my driveway," says McNeely.