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City Council to Consider Checkerboarding of Manufactured Homes and RVs

May 17th, 2016 Comments off

wyoming__laramie__seven_acres__mhp__mhvillage__creditIn March, the Laramie (WY) City Council lifted the ban on the sale or transfer of mobile homes built prior to standards of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1976, as laramieboomerang informs MHProNews.

In Dec. 2015 at issue was an ordinance restricting recreational vehicles (RVs) to no more than 180 days presence in a manufactured housing community (MHC) or an RV park, raising concerns from some RVers that they would have to relocate. If adopted, community management would have to segregate the MH from the RVs, a topic that is on the agenda for this week’s meeting.

While the city staff recommends the ordinance be adopted as written, Community Development Director Randy Hunt suggested allowing RVs and MH to intermingle in what he called a checkerboard pattern. “If they (city staff) give us clear direction and say they decide to do checkerboarding, to allow for interspersing, that’s not a hard amendment. I would say we’d need one month for postponement,” he said.

He added that any postponement would require park and community owners’ licenses be automatically extended for 12 months. “It’s not a critical issue for the city to have those licenses in place, but park owners have told us it’s critical for their purposes, for their bankers to know they’re licensed in the community,” Hunt said.

Much of the discussion in December centered around the safety of modern RVs versus the older ones the city staff is concerned about.

Mayor Dave Paulekas wants the issue settled. He said: “I think we’ve had plenty of opportunity to vet this whole subject, plenty of opportunity to research and hear public comment — it’s time to give direction, whatever that may look like.” ##

(Photo credit: MHVillage–Seven Acres MHC, Laramie, Wyoming)

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Fire Safety in Modular Homes to be on Agenda

July 26th, 2013 Comments off

The fire department in the west central Texas town of Big Spring was to meet with city staff today to discuss fire codes relating to modular homes made from shipping containers that the city council voted to allow in at their last meeting. As MHProNews has learned from cbs7kosa, the city fire chief says inspections will begin as soon as the ordinance that permits these homes becomes official.

(Photo credit: Ron Medvescek/Arizona Daily Star–home made from shipping containers.)

 

City Plans for Redevelopment

September 25th, 2012 Comments off

The register-guard reports from the Springfield City Council in Oregon, city officials are trying to determine their obligation for the residents of the 441 occupied manufactured homes in the city’s eight MHCs if development uproots them. The state legislature passed new rules in 2007 requiring MHC owners to give residents one year notice before closing a community and pay departing tenants between $5,000 and $9,000, depending upon the size of their homes. In addition, some residents may be eligible for a $5,000 state tax credit. The council agreed to consider offering incentives to developers or nonprofits to build replacement housing, or develop new manufactured home communities. MHProNews has learned city staff will also begin interviewing MHC residents for feedback to determine what types of alternative housing they might prefer.

(Photo credit: MHProNews)

City Council Approves Rezoning

May 17th, 2012 Comments off

TheTimesNews tells MHProNews.com from Burlington, NC Jeff Mitchell has come to the Burlington City Council twice to have property rezoned from residential to manufactured housing, and has succeeded both times. In 2010 the council voted 3-2 to honor the request. On the current issue, city staff recommended the change should not be made, but the Planning and Zoning Commission voted 8-1 in favor of rezoning. Once again the council voted 3-2 to approve Mitchell’s request.

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