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Town Takes Up Manufactured Home Ordinance

May 8th, 2017 Comments off

A manufactured home in Kilgore, Texas. Credit: Realtor.

In Kilgore, Texas, an ordinance that has stopped the inclusion of new manufactured homes outside of specific communities is now under scrutiny.

According to the Longview News-Journal, the ordinance was front and center for officials during a council workshop last week.

In 2008, the city council approved an ordinance that restricted new manufactured homes from being placed outside of select communities. But according to City Manager Josh Selleck, manufactured homes have been allowed outside such communities during the past nine years anyway.

Unfortunately, we’re bound by state law to enforce our code as written,” said Selleck.

And city staff no longer will allow exceptions to the code.”

Selleck suggested that the council hold a joint meeting with the planning and zoning commissions to discuss clearing up zoning ordinance issues. A date for that meeting was not set.


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Aside from mobile home parks [sic] that are licensed with the city, there are at least three other locations that appear to be mobile home parks [sic] but aren’t licensed,” said Selleck.

The question is whether they can expand or replace, and that’s part of what I think what we’re going to have to go through is how are they able to replace a mobile home [sic] if one burns, and what are the rules for the permit process.”

Based on discussions at the workshop, Selleck believes that the City Council could be in a position to formally pass any proposed changes as early as their June 27th meeting.


A Trend?

The case in Kilgore potentially provides hope for manufactured housing, and could signal a stop to a recent trend of limiting manufactured homes to select communities.

In December, the Linton, Indiana City Council voted to move forward with a manufacturing housing ordinance, which will require all future manufactured homes to be in a manufactured home community. The Daily Business News covered this in a story, linked here.


Too many cities and towns have an outdated view of manufactured homes, or are being pushed by residents who don’t understand the modern MH reality into taking actions like those noted in this town in IN. When more of the public understands what inspector Becki Jackson does about modern manufactured homes, the incidents of such cases will continue. To see the Becki Jackson video and interview, click here or above.

The controversial motion passed with a 3-2 vote.

Shortly after, Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) President Ron Breymier responded.


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IMHA sent a letter to Mayor Wilkes and members of the Linton City Council advising them that their proposed ordinance would not be permissible under Indiana law.

Breymier shared Indiana Code IC 16-41-27-32 (b) which states the following:

A governmental body other than the state department of health may not regulate mobile homes or manufactured homes regarding habitability or minimum housing conditions unless the regulation is applicable in the same manner to other forms of residential housing in the jurisdiction.

Rather than an outright ban on the future placement of manufactured homes in Linton, which would be counter to Indiana law,” said Breymier, “IMHA recommended the city enforce the existing state law and make certain any additional manufactured homes seeking placement in Linton meet the same regulations that apply to other forms of residential housing.

Obviously, Mayor Wilkes and the Linton City Council chose to ignore that advice and adopted the new ordinance. IMHA will discuss the matter with its board of directors and determine if there is anything further we can do to address this situation.”

The Daily Business News has covered a number of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) cases recently, including one in Hutchinson, Kansas here.

It should also be noted that a close reading of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 provides for enhanced preemption, which ought to limit such local zoning efforts.

MHARR and state associations are often raising this issue, with one example in a case linked here. ##

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Passages: Gary “Mac” McClanahan

May 2nd, 2017 Comments off

(Gary “Mac” McClanahan Credit:IMHA-RVIC)

One time vice president and member of the Board of Governors of the IMHA-RVIC, Gary “Mac”McClanahan, 77, passed away April 28, 2017. Active in the Capital City Manufactured Housing Chapter in Indianapolis, “Mac” was honored with the Citizen of the Year Award in 2009, and had recently devoted his efforts to increasing membership in the IMHA-RVIC.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Shelly McClanahan; sons, C.J. (Nicole) and John (DeeDee) McClanahan and grandchildren, Ian and Corinne McClanahan.

Calling will begin Wednesday, May 3 at 10:00 AM at Shirley Brothers Fishers Castleton in Indianapolis with a memorial service at 2:00 PM.

MHProNews extends its deepest sympathies to the family. ##


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Passages: Ralph Pardieck

April 11th, 2017 Comments off

An Honorary Lifetime member of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), Ralph Pardieck, of Seymour, Indiana passed away at age 88, Friday, April 7.

A self-made businessman, he and his wife, Ruth, founded the Village Green Manufactured Home Community, and also established a winery, an aviation company and a water supply company, as well as a powersports firm and a paving company.

In addition to spending time with his grandchildren, he and Ruth traveled the world and raised white-faced Hereford cattle. A veteran of the Korean War, Ralph also served on the IMHA Board of Governors and was president of the South Central Chapter of the IMHA.

MHProNews and MHLivingNews extends its deepest sympathies to the Pardieck family.



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Study: Michiana areas top job creators; Manufactured Housing helps leading the way

September 15th, 2016 Comments off

manufacturedhomes-dailybusinessnews-mhpronewsA recent study done by the financial publication 24/7 Wall St. ranked the nations’ top 50 metro areas based on the percentage at which their jobs increased over the past four years.

The Elkhart-Goshen area was ranked 10th nationwide and first in Indiana when it comes to job creation over the past four years. The South Bend-Mishawaka area, consisting of St. Joseph County in Indiana and Cass County in Michigan, was ranked 42nd in the country.



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Among those leading the way in that growth are suppliers that make parts for the manufactured housing and residential construction industries.

MHProNews reached out to Ron Breymier, Executive Director of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association for his take.


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Michiana is great area for employment. Indiana’s manufactured housing industry employs approximately 10,000 workers and Indiana’s RV industry employs another 22,000 workers,” said Breymier.

Manufacturing is a huge factor in our state’s economy,” IMHA’s executive director stated.

The IMHARVIC association also serves the RV industry, so Breymier’s insights are thus deeper than many other’s might be.

The challenge now is to keep up with the job growth by providing a quality pool of workers to fill openings. IMHARVIC is working on developing a program through the Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs to provide HR departments in our industries with qualified veterans who are willing to relocate to Michiana. We are hopeful we can get this program started yet this fall.” ##

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Senators Donnelly, Coats Support new HUD Rule

February 13th, 2016 Comments off

HUD logoFollowing a story MHProNews posted Feb. 8, 2016 regarding the exemption of recreational vehicles (RVs) from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) definition of manufactured housing (MH), proposed new rules would not exempt RVs that are used as a primary residence or for permanent occupancy.

According to realestaterama, U. S. Senators Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Dan Coats (R-IN) support HUD’s proposed rule that would more clearly separate the line between MHs and RVs. Noting HUD’s RV regulations go back to 1982, Sen. Coats said, “Since that time, the industry has made dramatic improvements to its vehicles. An update to these regulations has been long overdue, and HUD has taken a positive step forward by proposing a new rule. I will continue to work on behalf of Indiana’s vibrant RV industry to ensure regulations reflect the dynamic nature of the field.”

The two senators have been working on a bipartisan basis since 2014 in an attempt to urge HUD to update the definition. Ron Breymier, Executive Director for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association – RV Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC) said, “Our Indiana Association is very pleased with HUD’s proposed rule clarifying the distinction between park model RVs and manufactured homes. Although national in scope, in Indiana the clarification will be helpful to county officials in guiding them on the proper assessment and taxation of these two distinct and important products.” ##

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RVIA Honors RVIC/IMHA Director Mark Bowersox

March 13th, 2015 Comments off

Mark b, RVIA pres Coon and ria chairman bontrager  rvbusiness  creditMHProNews has learned from rvbusiness that Mark Bowersox, executive director of the Recreational Vehicle Indiana Council and the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (RVIC/IMHA), has been honored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) with the National Legislative Award.

Bowersox was recognized for his leadership in addressing the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) issue regarding how park model recreational vehicles are measured. He lobbied Indiana’s congressional delegation to introduce legislation addressing the issue, and sought support from other state manufactured housing association for their assistance.

When the RV industry suffered a delivery driver shortage, he worked with the RVIA in lobbying the Indiana legislature to pass a measure that removes the requirement for deliverers to have a chauffeur’s license to transport particular vehicles. ##

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Tax Credit Extended for Energy Star rated Manufactured Homes

December 29th, 2014 Comments off

energystar-certified-manufactured-homes-image-credit-heritage-home-center-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) tells MHProNews that tax credits for ENERGY STAR ® rated Manufactured Homes has been extended through 2014. A few days ago, President Obama signed into law the Tax Increase Prevention Action, a.k.a. “Extender Bill,” retroactively extending the $1,000 per home tax credit for producers of ENERGY STAR ® manufactured homes.

The credit is available for homes certified through the end of 2014. To qualify, the home’s ENERGY STAR ® checklist must be completed and dated before January 1, 2015.

IMHA also advises that there are some important manufactured home program changes on the horizon.

First, the ENERGY STAR requirements adopted in 2005 will remain unchanged for 2015. This means that the process and requirements will remain the same for next year, despite the fact that ENERGY STAR requirements for site and modular builders have become more stringent over the past few years.”

IMHA states that ENERGY STAR for manufactured homes will almost certainly change in 2016, in step with the anticipated changes in the industry energy standards soon to be announced by the Department of Energy.

In addition, there are other incentives available in various states for ENERGY STAR manufactured homes.

The Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA) is operating rebate programs for homes in Tennessee and parts of Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama and West Virginia. Generally, the rebate goes to the plant and ranges between $1,200 and $1,300.

There is also some debate within the industry on who should get the credit.  Should it go directly to consumers, or should it go the producting plant?  MHProNews  will monitor developments on the Energy Star program as they occur.  ##

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Will the CFPB Please Stand for Affordable Housing?

October 18th, 2013 Comments off

DJ Pendleton, executive director of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association, says on Oct. 1 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) clarified the rules defining what is considered a mortgage loan originator and what is not. A retail employee can only provide general information about buying a manufactured home. A more detailed and comprehensive list of permissible activities is expected to be forthcoming. Industry’s efforts to convince the Bureau to alter the APR rate and points and fees caps to avoid the high cost “predatory loan” issue did not succeed. Although the CFPB has agreed to look into the issue further, it will not change the caps before the Jan. 2014 date. For his Industry in Focus report, click here. Mark Bowersox, Executive Director of the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association/Recreational Vehicle Indiana Council (IMHA-RVIC), also noting CFPB’s refusals of MHI’s requests, says it is crucial to contact your representatives in Congress to urge them to pass HR 1779, the “Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.” For his It’s Now or Never article, click here. Both the Oklahoma Manufactured Housing Association (OMHA) and the Wisconsin Housing Alliance (WHA) warn that any lease to buy or other lending related activities could trigger enforcement action by the CFPB. Additionally, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Retailers Council says remove all the financing signs unless you are licensed, and don’t base a decision on common sense. Meanwhile, Oklahoma and Texas are collaborating on a free lenders seminar for those who sell manufactured homes, probably after the first of the year. MHProNews and ManufacturedHomeLivingNews publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach offers a 3 Step Plan for Resident Engagement on HR 1779—click here.

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