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Another Top Manufactured Home State is Sliding on New HUD Code Home Shipments, More New Data

November 7th, 2018 No comments

 

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Doctor’s don’t serve their patient if they ignore troubling test results or health symptoms.  A good physician candidly shares the good, the bad, and the problematic honestly with their patients.

 

An analogous principle from medicine holds true for good trade media.

While big companies have several resources available to them to inform them of trends, and allows them to prepare, smaller to mid-sized companies often don’t have that same luxury.

 

Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage’s Manufactured Housing “Spies”

 

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Data forwarded from a Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO) member for analysis and commentary.

 

According to data provided by a source that is a member of the Manufactured Housing Association of Oklahoma (MHAO), two states in their region are down year-over-year.

One of those states is Louisiana.  According to data compiled by the independent HUD Code home producers trade group – the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) – Louisiana has been the number 2 state in recent years.

 

 

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Louisiana is the number 2 state in HUD Code manufactured home shipments for the past 7 years. For that state to be sliding, in addition to others in the U.S., is a significant development.

 

Yesterday, the Daily Business News on MHProNews once more led national manufactured housing trade media in reporting that another top 10 state is sliding, as are several other states.

 

New Shipment Data, Top Manufactured Home State, Other MH States Continue Slide

 

During the growing affordable housing crisis, this is a warning sign.  So why hasn’t the umbrella association the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) addressing this persistent problem, when MHProNews has been spotlighted the troubling trend for years?

Why does MHI ignore the clear warning signs?

Keep in mind that while there is an emerging new national manufactured home community association – one that Nathan Smith and the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) are trying to embarrass and purportedly hope to kill-in-their-crib – the only national post-production association is MHI.

 

Nathan Smith, SSK Communities, and Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Slam New National Manufactured Home Communities Group in Written Statement

 

 

MHARR’s focus is on production related regulatory issues.  MHARR only began to take up finance issues – a post-production concern – because sources say that MHI has demonstrably failed their own members in that and other areas.

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Past and current MHI members like Kenny Lipschutz, Marty Lavin, Frank Rolfe, the states that have broken away from MHI, are among the signals that no matter how pleasant their mixers or networking may be, they are ‘not getting their job done’ on behalf of the majority of their members.

 

The above from MHAO is from August data. The new MHARR September 2018 shipment data is found at their report linked below.

 

September 2018 Manufactured Home Production Data Shows Slight Flatline

 

 

Notices

This report is being drafted prior to the close of polling on November 6, at 3:25 PM ET.  MHProNews will begin to unpack the midterm outcomes later Wednesday, and in the days ahead.

Another forward-looking notice is that MHProNews contacted:

  • Kevin Clayton, Clayton Homes,
  • Tom Hodges, JD, Clayton Homes,
  • Tim Williams, 21st Mortgage,
  • Richard ‘Dick’ Jennison, MHI President,
  • Rick Robinson, JD, MHI General Counsel,

among others in manufactured housing industry leadership.  They’ve been asked about specific HUD Code manufactured home industry related issues and reports. As of this time, they have not yet responded. Keep in mind these same sources used to reply promptly.  Why are they hiding from the industry’s leading media?

Whatever their response – or failure to respond – will be likewise be part of upcoming reports.

Other factory-built home industry publishers arguably have their hands tied on what they publish, which is routinely fluff and just cheerleading. If that is the only media you’d read, you might be led to think that everything is all good. But in fairness to them, it often due to who those other publisher are being paid by – follow the money.

MHProNews prides itself on being the most independent, analytical, and essentially the sole fact-checking national trade publisher in our industry.

Those are among the reasons why MHProNews leads all others by a country mile in professional readership, from companies of all sizes, including those noted herein. MHProNews routinely have more readers in a day than others do in one or more months, per third-party data.

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In Response To Tragedy, A Principle Based Message of Hope, Solidarity, Subsidiarity

August 31st, 2017 Comments off
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Over the past few weeks the nation has experienced a lot of tragedy.

First, there was the sad events in Charlottesville, which raised the ugly specter of racism among a tiny group of Americans again.  

Then, there is the more recent Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Texas, which has shown an example of people of all backgrounds pulling together. But the sheer scope of the tragedy can’t be measured in the cost in dollars alone.

In response to Charlottesville, manufactured housing advocate, the Reverend Donald Tye, Jr. and MHLivingNews/MHProNews publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach prepared a statement of “healing and hope.”

Citing sources, Tye and Kovach point to principles of Christianity and morality as foundational in America.   Not to declare a national religion, but to encourage the best of people, the duo say.

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As people from a variety of walks of life come together to help those devastated by Charlottesville, Texas, Florida and now Louisiana, the reminder they shared is that we are all part of one human race, one nation, and one earth.

Among their quotes, “United we stand, divided we fall.”

You can read the full statement from Reverend Donald Tye, Jr. and Kovach on MHLivingNews, linked here. ## (News, announcement, analysis.)

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Proposed Manufactured Home Community Faces Hurdles

June 1st, 2017 Comments off
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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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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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HUD Code Manufactured Home Production Rises Sharply

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off
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Washington, D.C., May 3, 2017 – The Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) tells MHProNews that, according to official statistics compiled on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), year-over-year manufactured housing industry production increased substantially again during March 2017.

These just released statistics indicate that HUD Code manufacturers produced 8,245 homes in March 2017, a nearly 16 percent increase over the 7,110 HUD Code homes produced during March 2016.

Cumulative industry production for 2017 now totals 23,384 homes, a 22.4 percent increase over the 19,101 HUD Code homes produced over the same period in 2016.

A further analysis of the official industry statistics shows that the top ten shipment states from the beginning of the industry production rebound in August 2011 through March 2017 — with cumulative, monthly, current year (2017) and prior year (2016) shipments per category as indicated, are:

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The latest information for March 2017 results in no changes to the cumulative top ten list.

In its most recent edition of “Issues and Perspectives,” a newsletter that focuses on items relevant to the manufactured housing industry, MHARR tackled key issues, including the new tariff on Canadian soft lumber.

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MHARR President & CEO, Mark Weiss. Credit: MHProNews.

After threatening to impose trade duties on goods imported from China and Mexico during the presidential election campaign in 2016, the administration announced its first new tariff on imported goods in a statement issued by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on April 24, 2017,” says MHARR in the report.

While the imposition of the Canadian lumber tariff caps a period of serious economic uncertainty for the residential construction industry, increases in home prices driven by higher supply costs for basic raw materials, such as wood, will have a magnified impact on the highly-priced sensitive manufactured housing market.”

For more from MHARR on the newsletter, click here. ##

 

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UPDATE: New Manufactured Home Community Laws Take Effect

April 13th, 2017 Comments off
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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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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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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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Developers Turn to Modular in Housing Crisis

March 27th, 2017 Comments off
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In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, two developers have turned to modular housing to ease the stress of finding housing.

According to the Baton Rouge Business Report, Jak Kunstler and Susannah Bing believe that modular homes in Baton Rouge could be a solution to a housing shortage in the city’s older neighborhoods.

We’re in a housing crisis,” says Bing, a former executive with the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority.

Bing teamed up with Kunstler two years ago to launch Louisiana Purchase Real Estate and Development.

There are people moving to Baton Rouge who want the nightlife, restaurants and activity that are closer to downtown, yet there are very few houses that are available or in good condition and they are priced out of that market. We see this as a tool to provide new housing in older neighborhoods, whether that is market rate or affordable.

The recently completed home by Bing and Kunstler comes in at 1,256 square feet, and looks similar to the classic homes in the area that were built 70 to 80 years ago. Two similar houses are planned for adjacent lots.

I think there is a stigma about modular housing to a certain extent,said Bing.

Nobody really understands what a modular house is. Everybody thinks it’s some house trailer [sic]. It couldn’t be more different. We tweak the houses to make them more south Louisiana.

Bing and Kunstler say their business plan calls for infill development projects in neighborhoods where additional housing is needed, and they’re looking to acquire vacant lots or adjudicated properties from the city-parish and redevelop the sites with their modular homes.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, manufactured housing has also been used more frequently in urban infill situations as a solution to affordable housing shortages. For an in-depth look into what’s happening around the country, click here. ##

 

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Town Battle for Modular Inclusion

March 22nd, 2017 Comments off
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In the town of Independence, Louisiana, an intense battle has been brewing around allowing modular homes within town limits.

According to The Daily Star, Independence Mayor Angelo Mannino asked the town board last month to consider allowing modular, saying many young couples have asked to live in the homes in town.

And residents opposed to the idea were quick to give their opinion.

Resident and former council member Dale Brouilette put together a presentation for the council, saying that he does not consider modular and manufactured homes the same thing.

Years ago, about 1980, a mobile home weighed about 36,000 pounds. A modular home the same size weighed about 80,000,” said Brouilette.

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Dale Brouilette speaks to the town council regarding modular homes. Credit: The Daily Star.

Tangipahoa Tax Assessor Junior Matheu and two real state agents told me that the addition of a modular home might actually increase property values in some parts of town, but areas with $200,000- $350,000 homes would be negatively impacted.

Brouilette’s research showed that a 1,200 square-foot modular home costs $80,000, which comes out to $62.60 per square foot, while a manufactured home with 1,800 square feet would cost $145,000, which is $80.56 per square foot.

Now you can buy three-fourths of the homes in Independence for $145,000, said Brouilette, who pointed out an example of what a bank would require to finance the modular homes.

The bank requires these homes must be immobilized on a slab and the property must be owned by the person buying the home. The bank is willing to finance only 75 percent if the home is new,” said Brouilette.

The bank would only finance $108,750. You would have to have $36,650 in your pocket, not to mention closing costs,” he said. “The idea of you giving a young couple a chance to buy a home, or get in a first-time home, I don’t see it. I don’t see where you gain.

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As Daily Business News readers are already aware, the myths, and the facts surrounding manufactured housing abound. To learn more, including why manufactured housing is the solution hiding in plain sight for many to achieve the American Dream, click here. ##

 

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New MH Community Proposal Approved, Residents Concerned

March 9th, 2017 Comments off
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In Glendale, Arizona, new manufactured homes have received the green light. For some residents, that presents an issue.

According to Your West Valley, the planning commission approved the proposal for 21 manufactured homes as part of the Campana Trails community.

The homes will sit on five and a half vacant acres in the city.

We have worked very closely with the city on this development as well as the neighborhood,” said applicant William Dougherty.

We’ve complied with the city’s requirements to the full extent. We think truthfully we’ve done a pretty good job creating a tough property into a pretty one.

Some nearby residents disagree with Dougherty’s position.

Will the new homes be age-restricted? Because younger people will bring more noise and crime,” asked Rafael Livneh.

I’ve been here for almost two years,” said Carol Candler, who believes the homes will affect her by bringing additional traffic.

I was told at the time the property will never be developed because it is in a flood plain. That’s the reason why I bought it.

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Candler also asked if the homes would be age restricted. If not, she said that she opposes the development.

Dougherty said that he is currently investigating whether the new homes will be part of the existing HOA and be age-restricted.

The development will also devote about 15 percent of the site for open space and will provide pedestrian access to Skunk Creek Trail, an important thoroughfare.

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NIMBY Strikes Again?

In most instances, inaccurate information and misconceptions about manufactured housing communities leads 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, instances of “backdoor NIMBY,” where politicians, and the residents who reelect 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. ##

(Editor’s Note: as regular MHLivingNews readers know, manufactured home communities are not more crime prone than other neighborhoods. Who says?  the university professor in a study, see the article with download, linked here and from the image below.)

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