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Proposed Manufactured Home Community Faces Hurdles

June 1st, 2017 Comments off
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An unrelated manufactured home. Credit: Realtor.

In a Washington State community, NIMBY is raising its head.

According to the Sequim Gazette, a proposed gated 55 and over manufactured home community, is drawing the ire of Carlsborg residents.

The group, which cites environmental and traffic impacts, says that it has collected 163 signatures on a petition, hoping to delay the project or kill it all together. A hearing on the property is scheduled for today, where community residents will be able to share their concerns.

Clallam County Senior Planner Donella Clark recommended approving the project, with a number of mandates and recommendations ranging from widening the road the community will be on, to installing berms to blend the property in with the neighborhood.

Chris Anderson, owner of CA Homes Inc., says that he intends to build a total of 73 manufactured homes, called CA Homes Mobile Home Park, in three phases over three years.

If I can get it approved, the first phase would include 42-43 homes,” said Anderson.

This is my first foray into modular [sic] homes in my 28-year career.”

Anderson says that when he began operating his business, he was building higher end homes, but when the recession hit, he switched to affordable housing.

And, he sees a huge opportunity in Carlsborg.

There’s a lack of senior living here,” said Anderson.

We’re a retirement community and almost 70 percent of our clientele are retired. There aren’t solutions readily available to them.”

The homes would range from 1200 to 1700 square feet, and sell for between $125,000 to $150,000.

NIMBY Rises

Neighbors who are around the project site say they learned about it from a sign posted on the property earlier this month.

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There’s a perception (by neighbors) that some of the laws have not been followed closely so I think it’s fair for us to point out those discrepancies,” said area resident Charles Meyer.

The more we got looking (at recent planning documents), the more unbelievably inaccurate everything was,” said area resident Debra Stevens, a retired city planner.

Neighbors say that Anderson’s State Environmental Policy Act application is inaccurate, because it doesn’t have up-to-date information on the property.

In Anderson’s application, he states an environmental review for a 21-lot subdivision was completed by the previous owner Tony Glavin in May 2007, which reviewed and agreed upon a study in February 1995 because no development had occurred.

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As of this week, the county says that neighbors have submitted more than 40 comments to the county’s Department of Community Development.

Anderson says that he’s worked closely with Clallam County and other agencies to follow their recommendations.

I understand the neighbors aren’t happy with it,” said Anderson.

I’ve accepted phone calls from people who have called me directly. Neighbors all got to do what they wanted to do on their properties, but I understand I’m not going to make everyone happy.”

In most instances, inaccurate information and misconceptions about manufactured housing communities lead to cases of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard).

As Daily Business News readers are aware, stories pitting developers against residents have been in the news recently, including the case of a proposed MHC in Iberia Parish, Louisiana.

Also, there are instances of “backdoor NIMBY,” where politicians–and the residents who re-elect them–seem to know that developments bring more tax revenue than manufactured home communities, as most recently shown in Palm Beach County, Florida. ##

 

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NIMBY in the Bayou – Manufactured Housing in Danger?

May 18th, 2017 Comments off
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In Louisiana, the Livingston Parish Council could soon be considering a ban on manufactured homes in single-family subdivisions.

According to The Advocate, Councilman John Wascom called for the conversation during an Ordinance Committee meeting last week, proposing an ordinance that would outlaw living in a manufactured home in any named subdivision that was designed to have only single-family homes.

The ordinance was referred to the full council on a 4-0 committee vote.

Wascom originally called for the conversation in response to some constituents who had expressed concerns about declining property values after neighbors replaced existing houses with “trailers.”

Legally, there’s nothing to stop someone from putting a mobile home [sic] in the middle of a subdivision with high-end houses,” said Wascom.

Trailers [sic] are sometimes moved onto subdivision lots after the original home burns or floods. We’ve always said there’s subdivision restrictions, but most aren’t enforceable.”

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While stereotypes persist, modern manufactured housing is high quality and affordable. Credit: LMHA.

Wascom noted that he had no objections to emergency ordinances that would provide temporary exceptions in case of hardships.

But this would give our executive branch the ability to not give a permit for a mobile home [sic] smack-dab in the middle of a subdivision,” said Wascom.

Right now, they don’t have that choice.”

Councilman Shane Mack wanted to clarify that the intention is to protect property values for people who buy or build in subdivisions, not to prevent people from living in manufactured homes.

I do think there are places within Livingston Parish where mobile homes [sic] are welcome,” said Mack.

A lot of our elderly retire in mobile homes [sic]. And a lot of the younger generation starts off in mobile homes [sic]. But this is about developing subdivisions designed and intended to have certain-sized houses in it and to protect the people who want to live in, and who paid to live in, that type of neighborhood.”

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For Taryn Creekbaum, an outspoken critic of waivers for manufactured homes, things are very clear.

The council should rely more on subdivisions’ restrictive covenants, which should be considered valid and enforceable until a court rules otherwise,” said Creekbaum.

The council has a way to restrict the placement of mobile homes [sic] in named subdivisions, through the parish’s process for granting exceptions to its mobile home park [sic] regulations.”

Councilman Garry Talbert argued that the ordinance would only come into play when more than one home would be put on a single parcel.

If you want to put a mobile home [sic] on a lot that has no residence at all on it, those don’t apply,” said Talbert.

The parish’s Permit Office does not enforce subdivision restrictions, which leaves no recourse except by lawsuit for those residents who believe their neighborhood covenants are being violated by the addition of mobile homes [sic]. 

John is trying to create an environment where people don’t have to hire an attorney to sue because a lot of them don’t have the up-front money to do it.

While the proposal was moved to the full council, it was deferred to a later meeting to allow the legal adviser for the parish to review it.

 

NIMBY Rears Its Ugly Head?

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In most instances, inaccurate information and misconceptions about manufactured housing communities lead to cases of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard).

As Daily Business News readers are aware, stories pitting developers against residents have been in the news recently, including the case of a proposed MHC in nearby Iberia Parish, Louisiana.

Also, there are instances of “backdoor NIMBY,” where politicians–and the residents who re-elect them–seem to know that developments bring more tax revenue than manufactured home communities, are also prevalent, most recently shown in Palm Beach County, Florida. ##

 

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UPDATE: New Manufactured Home Community Laws Take Effect

April 13th, 2017 Comments off
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The ordinance is discussed. Credit: Daily Iberian.

In Iberia Parish, Louisiana, an area the Daily Business News has covered prior, new laws are going into effect for manufactured home communities related to trash collection.

And some residents and owners are not pleased.

According to KATC, the Iberia Parish city council approved ordinances last month, making manufactured home communities commercial property, and requiring owners to hire their own trash collection services.

While Parish President Larry Richard signed the two ordinances into law after the council approved them, he’s now asking the council to revise and clarify some of the language.

We are not trying to get rid of mobile homes [sic] in Iberia Parish. We welcome mobile homes [sic]. We recognize we have a problem with it,” said Richard.

I hope these new laws will fix those problems,” said Council Chair Natalie Broussard.

The first of the laws now classifies communities with three or more manufactured homes commercial property.

The second one requires owners of both new and existing communities to provide their own trash services beginning October 1st.

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For Broussard, she wondered exactly what all of this means.

Are these really commercial enterprises? Should they be treated like the other commercial enterprise and the developers or owners of these parks [sic] pay for their own trash disposal just like every other commercial enterprise in Iberia Parish?” asked Broussard.

She’s not alone.

If you have three or more trailers [sic], you’re now a trailer park [sic]. So, if I owned a trailer [sic] and I had two kids that wanted to live on the same property, we would be required as a trailer park [sic] to assume our own trash pickup,” said Councilman Warren Gachassin at a community meeting last month.

That’s one of our big failures in this ordinance is that we did not set up a way that anybody can apply for a variance,” said Broussard.

We need to offer some variance of making it commercial when it is truly family members living on the same piece of property and nobody is paying rent.”

Broussard also said that this is one of the areas that the council should review, in addition to the list of language that Richard has asked the council to clarify.

We can always amend an ordinance, so it’s very simple. Let’s let it go into effect now that he signed it,” said Broussard.

Let’s see how it works, and then we can start tweaking it. Nobody is opposed to making some necessary changes.”

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Town Decides on Manufactured Home Ordinance

March 28th, 2017 Comments off
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The original area for the proposed community. Credit: Daily Iberian.

In a follow up to a story that the Daily Business News originally covered in February, the Iberia Parish, Louisiana Parish Council voted last week to adopt a new ordinance to regulate the development of manufactured home communities and subdivisions. This appears to be the end of the road for the development of new manufactured home communities in the parish.

Per the Daily Iberian, the ordinance has been passed back and forth between the Iberia Parish Zoning Commission and the council for months, with the Zoning Commission approving an amended version of the ordinance.

That ordinance is the one that was up for discussion last week.

The Zoning Commission decided to add two new zoning classifications, T-1 and T-2, specifically for manufactured home communities and subdivisions. One of those classifications would have to be obtained before a developer could establish a community.

There are no T-1 or T-2 districts in the parish.

This means any property to be used as a manufactured home community will need to be rezoned. Rezoning will  require public hearings that will allow neighboring landowners the opportunity to quash any proposed development before it gets off the ground.

I think this will kill mobile home park [sic] development in Iberia Parish,” said Council Chairperson Natalie Broussard.

If it requires a zoning change, it’s never going to happen.

Broussard said that her comments are based on a long running battle between the landowners of the proposed Safe Haven Mobile Home Park and nearby neighbors.

Neighbors managed to stall the development, even though many of the homes in the neighborhood already have manufactured homes on site.

On of those neighbors commented on the new regulations.

This would eliminate the problems we had,” said Emily Ransonet Kyzar.

The stalling prompted the developer, Shawn Pourciau, to file suit against the Iberia Parish Government after his preliminary approval was denied. That case is still pending in state court.

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The ordinance is discussed. Credit: Daily Iberian.

In addition to the zoning requirement, the ordinance also calls for all manufactured home communities to secure an occupational license.

Does this regulation duplicate existing laws that stated mobile home parks [sic] were required to have a license?” asked District 10 Councilman Eugene Olivier.

They are, but they don’t,said Parish Legal Counsel Andy Shealy. “Most don’t bother to get an occupational license.

The license question became an issue for another councilman.

If they are required to get an occupational license, won’t this apply to existing developments?asked District 5 Councilman Warren Gachassin Jr.

Yes, they must be reviewed yearly,” said Shealy. “That is the key.

Then it does not affect just new developments like we have been told,” said Gachassin.

There are teeth in the law. It will affect existing trailer parks [sic].”

When Shealy confirmed that it would have an effect, Gachassin made his point clearly.

When we started this, it was about public safety,” said Gachassin.

It wasn’t about the all-out war on trailer parks [sic] it has become. It is an overreach in government regulation. It is a bit much.

The eventual motion passed, 9-4. Before the vote, one community owner voiced his concern.

You can’t overregulate, or parks [sic] will leave town,” said community owner Randy Theriot. ##

 

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After Fight, MHC Gets Green Light

February 15th, 2017 Comments off
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In North Attleboro, Massachusetts, residents who were initially concerned over a proposed manufactured home community, have changed their tune now that the developer has abandoned a controversial part of the project.

According to The Sun Chronicle, residents were at odds with the developer of Westcott Estates, a manufactured home community planned on 23 acres beginning last spring. The issue was over a street entry to the community, which residents said would affect their property values and bring unwanted traffic to the winding road.

We don’t have sidewalks or street lights, and it’s a very curvy road,” said area resident Lisa Forsgard. “We’ve had many accidents on that road and we know how tough a road it is to maneuver.

Forsgard lives directly across the street from the proposed entry, which prompted her to join other neighborhood residents at zoning board and selectmen meetings last spring to protest the development.

After the protests, developers decided to scrap the idea for the entryway on the proposed road and move it to an adjacent one. Forsgard says that with that move, her concerns were addressed.

They own the land and are allowed to do whatever they want with it,” said Forsgard.We know there is going to be change. We just wanted to protect the integrity of our neighborhood.

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North Attleboro, identified by red marker. Credit: Google.

Westcott Estates will be a 55 and over community, and developers also made it clear to area residents that the community will be made up of modern manufactured homes on concrete slabs, not the “trailers” that many envision.

For Don Baker, he was pleased to see that the developer was amenable to some concerns by the neighborhood.

I’m hoping to work with them rather than against them,” said Baker.

As long as they continue to build responsibly and appropriately, it should be fine. The only concern I still have is that it doesn’t affect the lifestyle of the residents.

With the changes by the developer, the planning board recently approved the project with certain conditions. The community must include a walking trail, two benches, two overhead lights, two dog waste bag dispensers and one dog waste bin.

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North Attleboro city hall. Credit: Century 21.

Planning officials also mandated snow removal from the lot within 48 hours of a snowstorm.

The developer will now have to record the plans for the community and begin consultations with contractors.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, stories pitting developers against residents have been in the news recently, including the case of a proposed MHC in Iberia Parish, Louisiana.

In most instances, inaccurate information and misconceptions about manufactured housing communities leads to cases of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard).

But in the case of the North Attleboro development, there appears to be hope for progress through communication.

Our concerns were listened to,” said Forsgard. “Now, we’ll just have to see how it goes when it’s put in.” ##

 

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Stopped Before They Can Start? MHC Develop Stalled

February 14th, 2017 Comments off
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The area for the proposed Safe Haven Mobile Home Park. Credit: Daily Iberian.

The Safe Haven Mobile Home Park in Iberia Parish, Louisiana, has a very interesting history.

But, unlike most communities, this one has accomplished that feat without even being built.

According to the Daily Iberian, before a permitting battle could begin, the Iberia Parish Council was eyeing its manufactured home community ordinance for an overhaul.

That battle has seen the current residents of the neighborhood, many of whom have manufactured homes already placed on their property, attending commission and council meetings, urging officials to stop the development of Safe Haven.

Questions about standards for communities, and whether or not one being allowed close to traditional single-family homes, even with existing industrial work yards bordering the property, were brought up numerous times.

The approval for the Safe Haven development was eventually denied, which led to a civil lawsuit that is still in the courts.

It also put a moratorium on creating manufactured home communities in Iberia Parish.

After a year, the process of creating a new ordinance setting standards for MH communities is still underway. But, last Thursday, there was finally some progress.

Members of the Iberia Parish Council presented a draft of the ordinance standards to the Iberia Zoning Commission for review.

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Councilman discuss the new draft ordinance. Credit: Daily Iberian.

There were two major points of contention for me,” Iberia Parish Planning and Zoning Director John R. Raines said. “First, we needed to decide what road standards would be put in place. Second, we needed to have a review process. What would we do if they weren’t in compliance?

The solution, accord to Raines, is in the draft ordinance.

It includes a requirement for annual inspections and, if the communities are not maintained, limiting the owner’s ability to draw new tenants.

If the park [sic] is not maintained, if they are in violation, then if someone moves a trailer [sic] out and someone wants to move in, we won’t connect power,” said Raines.

Now the mobile home park [sic] owner is losing revenue, so they will be incentivized to get their park [sic] in order.

Iberia Parish Councilman for District 7, Paul G. Landry, believed the concern is making sure the developments are kept to a standard that allows emergency personnel access when needed.

We have had some parks [sic] where ambulance, fire or police won’t go in because the roads are so bad,” said Landry.

If they are losing $300 a month, then maybe they will get them a little Kubota tractor and drag the gravel. It doesn’t take much.

Raines said that there are between 85 and 90 manufactured home communities in Iberia Parish, with about 1,500 slots available. Of those, only six are fully licensed at this time.

Roads were a big factor in developing the ordinance,” said Iberia Parish District 5 Councilman Warren Gachassin.

We finally decided that the first 75 feet leading into the development should be up to parish standards, so the gravel doesn’t spread onto the streets. We also had to determine how many trailers to allow before requiring a second entrance.”

But, some community owners, and zoning commission members are concerned that the new regulations might eliminate existing communities for lower income families.

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Jimmy and Peggy Allain. Credit: Daily Iberian.

The older, more dilapidated homes, how will this affect them?” said Zoning Commissioner Nate Mitchell. “They have a right to be here, just like the million-dollar homes.”

The only impact would be the annual review,said Raines. “They will be fine as long as they are neat and clean and maintain an adequate roadway. As long as it is kept so it can be used, they will be fine.

And, any new additions to existing developments would have to comply with the new standards.

My concern is for some of our poorer tenants,” said Jimmy Allain, a manufactured home community owner. “We want to make sure this won’t be a strain on them.

The intent of the ordinance is solely to better the parish,” said Councilman Gachassin.

We are not here to hurt any of the residents or the businesses.”

But Allain’s wife Peggy remains concerned with potential outcomes for those who do not have means.

I just want to make sure some of my poorer people will be taken care of,” said Peggy Allain.

When you talk about putting in skirting, some of our renters can’t afford rent. How can they afford skirting?” ##

 

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