Manufactured Home Community Expansion Approved
Town officials in Prescott Valley, Arizona approved the expansion of the Orchard Ranch RV Park last week, in what is being seen by the town as a new trend.
“We used to segregate mobile homes [sic] from RVs,” said Prescott Valley Community Development Director Richard Parker.
“We’re seeing an emergence now of a type of use where people move in with an RV, use it as their rental place or their resort living and then down the road, as they mature, they actually move mobile homes [sic] in their place.”
According to the Prescott Valley Tribune, Parker’s comments came during a Public Hearing regarding the Zoning Map Change for the community on March 9th. He felt that the operators were perfect for the expansion.
“The owners of Orchard Ranch RV Park have had experience with combining mobile homes [sic] and RVs and have been successful in it as well,” said Parker.
Mark Wirth, who is an agent for Orchard Ranch RV Resort and Fain Land and Cattle, requested the zoning changes, which reclassify 75 acres from Residential; Single Family Rural, known as RCU-70, to Commercial; General Sales and Services-Planned Area Development, know as C2-PAD for the expansion.
“About 63 acres is for the development of 493 spaces that will accommodate both mobile homes [sic] and RV units,” said Parker.
In many instances, community expansions are met with various levels of opposition, also known as NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard), with residents and officials alike claiming that the additions will bring down home values or attract unwanted elements based on stereotypes. As Daily Business News readers are aware, we have provided the facts versus the myths surrounding manufactured housing.
The case of Orchard Ranch RV Park has drawn a positive response.
“I wanted to compliment Mr. Wirth on his understanding the changing needs of society,” said Councilmember Lora Lee Nye.
“Sometimes they aren’t pleasant, but this one is. This one meets needs of people who want to spend time in our community and I think the flexibility to make these changes is critical and important.”
For Wirth, he feels a sense of pride.
“The trend is truly a sense of community as far as people taking care of one another in the community and sharing activities,” said Wirth.
The Prescott Valley council unanimously approved the change. ##
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