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NIMBY? Fear? Ignorance? MHC Proposal on Hold

May 4th, 2017 Comments off
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In Smyrna, North Carolina, landowner Carolyn Floyd-Robinson thought she had “checked all the boxes” when she was ready to contribute to the community. The response she received from city commissioner was not what she expected.

According to the Red Springs Citizen, Robinson appeared before the commissioners this week, seeking a conditional-use permit that would allow her to establish a 43- site manufactured home community on 24 acres she owns.

The property, which Robinson has owned for more than 10 years, is farmland and located in an area zoned residential/agricultural.

This land has always been family owned and I want to enhance the community,” Robinson told commissioners.

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Carolyn Floyd-Robinson. Credit: Red Springs Citizen.

It will be phased in in sections, the homes will all be new, and the leasing will be done through a property management company. There will be background checks, references will be required and there will be a property manager on site.”

Robinson did not receive the response she expected.

Three nearby property owners said that they are concerned a “mobile home park” would be a magnet for criminal activity. All three cited drug use and other criminal activities they have witnessed at a nearby community.

We don’t want that around our children,” said property owner Antionette Thompson.

We don’t need drugs in the area,” said Dematrius Hill. “It only takes one person with the wrong mindset.”

The responses were enough for commissioner Berlester Campbell to make a motion to table the request for the permit after hearing Robinson and opponents of the park argue their cases before the commissioners.

I know where the property is and I know it is all family land,” said Campbell. “I want us to sit down and discuss Wiregrass Road before this goes any further.”

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Smyrna, North Carolina (red marker). Credit: Google.

For Robinson, she believes that people had an opportunity to voice their opposition prior to her taking costly action.

I object,” said Robinson.

I’ve invested money in the project since the Planning Board approved my plans and no one came to that board’s meeting to voice objections.”

The commissioners say they will revisit the request in June.

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Danny Feagin. Credit: Aiken Standard.

The Daily Business News has covered a number of potential NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) stories recently, where current residents appear to be working to keep manufactured homes or communities out. Most notable is the case in Aiken, South Carolinawhere Councilman Danny Feagin was quoted as saying “As long as it keeps the mobile home parks [sic] out, I think the folks would be satisfied,” in relation to a proposed rezoning ordinance.

For more on the myths and facts surrounding manufactured housing, and the opportunity for millions to achieve the American Dream of home ownership, click here. ##

 

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Court Puts Overtime Rule on Hold

November 30th, 2016 Comments off
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U.S. District Court East Texas Judge Amos Mazzant blocked a new rule last week that would have made millions of American workers eligible for overtime pay, and that will be seen as relief for potentially thousands of manufactured and modular housing connected companies, and other businesses too.

A preliminary injunction preserves the status quo while the court determines the department’s authority to make the final rule as well as the final rule’s validity,” said Mazzant.

The ruling grants a preliminary injunction, pushing back an effective date of December 1st for the rule, while Judge Mazzant reviews the challenge to the requirement.

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Judge Amos Mazzant. Credit: Wikipedia.

Twenty-one states challenged the overtime expansion rule that would double the threshold at which executive, administrative and professional employees are exempt from overtime to $47,476 from $23,660.

According to USA Today, the states argue that Congress never intended to set any salary threshold for the exemptions or to allow the threshold to be raised every three years, as the Labor Department’s rule specifies.

This is a victory for small business owners and should give them some breathing room until the case can be properly adjudicated,” said Juanita Duggan, CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business. The federation is challenging the requirement in a separate action.

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The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) were among the associations that alerted the industry of the action back in May, saying, in part, “This is a reminder that all employers will have to comply with the changes made to the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act by December 1st, 2016.

A variety of trade groups, including manufactured housing, was part of the suit that brought about this court ruling.

Unfortunately, for the time being, workers will continue to work longer hours for less pay thanks to this obstructionist litigation,” Christine Owens, head of the National Employment Law Project, which is a worker advocacy group.

Department of Labor officials and worker advocacy groups said the rule would help ensure managers and administrative employees are fairly paid for the extra hours they log and narrow a growing divide between wealthy and low- to middle income households. ##

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