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Evergreen, Manufactured Homes and NIMBY, “Why the Feds Must Step In”

April 12th, 2018 Comments off
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Residents packed a meeting room to discuss – or oppose – a planned manufactured home community near their neighborhood.

A HUD PD&R, and other third-party studies reveal that manufactured homes appreciate side-by-side with conventional housing.

 

There’s been no new mobile homes built in the U.S. since June 15, 1976, the date construction on the first HUD Code manufactured homes formally began.

But you may not know those facts if you were one of dozens of residents who piled into a Montana town’s meeting room.

According to NBC Montana, most of those residents where there to protest the development of a new 122 site manufactured community.

A hung jury for the Flathead County Planning Board Wednesday night regarding a controversial mobile home [sic] development on West Evergreen Drive,” per NBC Montana.

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The 6 person jury was split, 3 voted against and 3 voted for the proposed West Evergreen Estates subdivision.

More than 70 people turned out for the meeting from the surrounding vicinity to give testimony against it and a decision wasn’t reached until past midnight,” per the NBC affiliate.

Residents gave public comment on how the proposed 122-lot mobile home [sic] park could potentially lower their property values, increase crime in the neighborhood and strain their already congested streets and schools,” wrote Larisa Casillas.

Who’s going to pay for the loss in our property? We already have people who have their homes for sale, and the buyers will say, ‘It’s going to depend on whether the mobile home goes through, otherwise we don’t want your property,’” said Virginia Feiker, an Evergreen resident.

It’s really going to be devastating to all of us what ends up happening,” she added.

Anders’ neighbor Chance Jeschke doesn’t think it’s a good idea. “Neighbors would like to see another type of development built on the vacant lot across from them, but they feel a trailer park may lower their property values,said Casillas.

I was raised in a trailer, I don’t have a stigma against it, but I just don’t know if that’s exactly what we need right here,” said Jeschke, who has lived in his current home for 19 years.

The issue will now go before the County Board of Adjustment on May 1.

 

“…Hasn’t done Jack Sh-t…

A twenty-five year award winning veteran of a well known manufactured home industry operation lamented to the Daily Business News that the industry “hasn’t done Jack Sh-t” to deal with the image issue.

Frank Rolfe, before going silent in the wakes or reported “encouragement” from 21st Mortgage Corp., complained that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), the industry’s self-proclaimed post production association routinely failed to deal with the challenge of bad news, and often ignored positive media reports beyond their own advertorials.

I think that [Richard] Dick Jennison [MHI’s President and CEO] wants to control the narrative with media. He’s afraid to talk to the press, because he knows he can’t control the narrative,” a state association executive told MHProNews

 

Why the Feds Must Step In

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L. A. “Tony” Kovach, photo by Mark Simon, shows Kovach engaging with SAAs in NY. 

This is the latest sign of a long pattern that costs America an estimated $2 trillion dollars annually in lost productivity,” said published L.A. “Tony” Kovach (see linked YIMBY vs NIMBY, in related reports, linked further below).

Every claim and concern voiced in these videos by locals has a fact-based third-party response that’s been documented on MHLivingNews and MHProNews,” Kovach said. “Call it bigotry or ignorance, but their thinking fits a textbook definition for prejudice. This is why the Feds must step in, just as they did in the 1950s and 1960s on school and racial issues. Access to affordable housing is a right, part of the dream and promise of America.  Which of those residents would want to have their access to ownership denied in a similar fashion?”

 

He pointed out that the homes across the street have roof pitches that looked very much like those found on lower cost, entry-level manufactured homes. The award winning industry professional explained that HUD arguably had the jurisdiction to act in cases like this.

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But beyond legal force, there ought to be a sustained educational effort. “Understanding that this costs them money not to do it, plus denies honest economic development, there are many reasons to do this kind of project.”

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Homes like those shown would enhance the neighborhood in Evergreen, where a proposed community of 122 sites is being debated.

Manufactured home professionals are routinely honorable people. Manufactured home residents aren’t criminals whose kids are to be shunned in school. Change the story from NIMBY to race, and these people would be labeled bigots,” he said, adding “But this isn’t about name calling. It’s about action. This will cost their tax base if it isn’t advanced.  It will cost people who need or want a manufactured home an opportunity to build equity. Presuming the developer does what so many want, and execute on this project properly, it would raise their property values.” 

Many benefit if it is done properly, and the very ones protesting, plus many others are the losers if it isn’t advanced,” Kovach said.

 

Where is MHI?

When will MHI routinely begin to act to engage on issues like this one?

When will state and local officials realize that it often costs them money, because they have to create subsidized rental housing?

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Tye explained that public housing – an entitlement – often yields addiction. Ownership vs. renting or living in “projects” leads to integrity, a view he likens to those of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

And when will HUD and federal officials enforce the laws and rulings that could create more economic development and opportunities in towns like this from coast-to-coast? ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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“…developers have attempted to use this threat of a mobile home park…” Councilwoman Christi Cox

February 16th, 2018 Comments off

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York County, SC has placed the public and regulatory mood towards manufactured home communities back on the radar, if it ever left the stage for industry professionals. 

 

It’s been several instances in my district where developers have attempted to use this threat of a mobile home park in order to increase the number of lots that are available inside a particular area,” York County Councilwoman Christi Cox said.  She represents parts of Fort Mill and Rock Hill, SC.

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That, to me, is problematic,” she said, per the HeraldOnline.

While it is ‘inside baseball’ for locals, it is one of numerous cases that arise every month of how the public reacts to the notion of a new manufactured home community.  Of course, local media and officials often refer to these new communities as ‘trailer parks’ [sic] or ‘mobile home parks’ [sic].

 

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The featured image used in the Herald’s report is the photo below.

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The Herald used this photo to represent the ‘threat,’ which naturally feeds into NIMBYism.

 

Yet, how many developers would create a new manufactured home community designed for metal sided homes that are decades old?

Rather, true manufactured home community developers routinely will use upscale new homes, often with clubhouse, and other amenities. Yet, how many developers would create a new manufactured home community designed for metal sided homes that are decades old?

 

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Back to York…

For the developer in York, their apparent goal isn’t to build a land-lease community at all.  Rather, it is to use – as Cox said – the ‘threat’ to leverage what they actually want, higher density with conventional housing.

Those developers also said the county’s comprehensive and future land use plans allows for a high-end density threshold of 890 residential units,” per the Herald.

The developer has shown this to the people who are there and they said either you like what we’ve presented tonight, which is 189 homes — 100 more than they’re allowed to put without a rezoning — or the county’s going to allow 890 units,” Councilwoman Allison Love said. “Or, we’re either going to a trailer park, or we’re going to have 890 units. And the reality is, we’re going to have (89) if we’re going to have anything.”

It’s been several instances in my district where developers have attempted to use this threat of a mobile home park in order to increase the number of lots that are available inside a particular area,” York County Councilwoman Christi Cox said.  She represents parts of Fort Mill and Rock Hill, SC.

That, to me, is problematic,” she said, per the HeraldOnline.

 

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Same tune, different town. A local Edmond, OK resident complaining about how schools are already too crowded, and that she opposes this already advancing development.  Yet, the developer for the new manufactured home community was planning many upscale features. http://www.mhpronews.com/blogs/daily-business-news/awesome-new-manufactured-home-community-draw-firestorm-of-local-industry-reactions/

Rather, true manufactured home community developers routinely will use upscale new homes, often with clubhouse, and other amenities.

 

Back to York…

For the developer, their apparent goal isn’t to build a community at all.  Rather, it is to use – as Cox said – the ‘threat’ to leverage what they actually want, higher density with conventional housing.

Those developers also said the county’s comprehensive and future land use plans allows for a high-end density threshold of 890 residential units,” per the Herald.

The developer has shown this to the people who are there and they said either you like what we’ve presented tonight, which is 189 homes — 100 more than they’re allowed to put without a rezoning — or the county’s going to allow 890 units,” Councilwoman Allison Love said. “Or, we’re either going to a trailer park, or we’re going to have 890 units. And the reality is, we’re going to have (89) if we’re going to have anything.”

 

 

 

Solutions?

This is a socially and economically complex issue, that would require that industry, media, researchers, investors, and public officials work together to educate themselves and the public about what modern manufactured home living actually is, as opposed to promoting the fear and phobias on display in the case noted above.

Local media, such as the report by the Herald, ought to politely be encouraged to get with the times.

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Urban Institute Ask for Correction in Analysis of their Manufactured Housing Research, “Follow the Facts,” “Follow the Money”

The Urban Institute in their recent research did not adequately address this type of issue as part of the cause for manufactured housing’s relative low sales levels.  It’s perhaps implied in the zoning mention, but isn’t directly dealt with. While sales are rising, the total sales of new manufactured homes ought to be many times higher than they current production levels.

Bloomberg, HousingWire, Realtor and Fox all suggest Manufactured Homes as Important Solution for Affordable Housing in America

For that kind of growth to occur, industry business owners must be part of the solution, in their own local market(s).  Without action, only more of the same will occur. ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Homelessness in America, and Factory-Built Housing

December 27th, 2017 Comments off

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Although the total homeless population has fallen almost 14% since 2010, there are still close to 550,000 people in the U.S. who don’t have a fixed abode, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,” wrote the column’s author, Megan Elliott.

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Charles Payne on Fox Business said tonight that California, the richest state in the Union, also has the most homeless.

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NIMBY and land use – read zoning – are among the factors that have contributed to this problem.

NIMBY and the Denial of Manufactured Housing

What 2017 has demonstrated is that there are several initiatives underway that propose various forms of prefab housing as a solution.

Some of those prefabs are coming from China.

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U.S prefab, modular, and container builders have also been active in chasing opportunities to serve cities with affordable housing, including for the homeless.

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The causes and solutions for homelessness are complex, as Cheat Sheet reported about Philadelphia and the other top 10 cities with thousands of homeless.

A 26% poverty rate, low wages, high housing costs, and a lack of affordable transportation all contribute to the problem of homelessness in Philadelphia, according to Project Home, a local nonprofit group. An opiate addiction crisis is also causing the homeless population in the city to grow, Philly.com reported,” wrote Elliott.

But certainly one issue that manufactured home professionals should keep in mind is that the HUD Code is supposed to be preemptive.

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As the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), JD Harper with the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA), and other industry have told MHLivingNews and MHProNews, the solution ought to include enhanced access to the nation’s most affordable housing.  ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

 

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Clayton’s Oakwood Accused, “Trying to Circumvent the Law,” ‘Ready for Fight’ – BoA Fracas

November 17th, 2017 Comments off

OakwoodHomesDelwareDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews720The residents of Irons Acres are ready for a fight,” said Maria Counts for Coastal Point, about events unfolding in Sussex County, DE.

Counts says that the 26 home sites have 21 homes on them. Angry residents are complaining about a manufactured home that they believe was placed in their neighborhood improperly by Oakwood Homes.

According to Mahany Law, whose website describes itself as “America’s Financial Fraud and Whistleblower Lawyers,” “Oakwood Homes” is a brand among the “Companies in the Vanderbilt * Clayton 21st Constellation.”

If this is a microcosm of what is going on in the county as a whole, we have a lot of issues,” stated an Irons Acres property owner, Charles Campbell.

Per the Coastal Point, “Campbell said that while he was out of town earlier this year, he received a call that a trailer home [SIC] was being moved onto the vacant lot on his street. Having been told previously that the lot would have a single-family home constructed on it, he called the County to ask about permitting.”

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A commonly misused term doesn’t make it the correct name. Media should learn and use the correct nomenclature, just as they would for people, products, and professions other than manufactured homes.

Campbell said that “Oakwood Homes had been made aware of the permitting issue on Sept. 13.”

Nevertheless, per Counts’ report, “[Oakwood Homes] knew that there was a problem, and [they] just kept on going. These people have basically done just whatever they want to do.”

They specifically wrote these ordinances to protect people’s homes and their values by not allowing trailers [SIC] in certain places,” Campbell said.

The county requirements reportedly include a restriction that a manufactured home be on at least .75 acres, and the site in question was less than the requirement.

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Requirements

The subdivision’s restrictive covenants reportedly states, “No structure of a temporary character and no trailer [SIC], tent, barn, tree-house, or other similar outbuilding or structure shall be placed on any lot as shown of the aforesaid plot, at any time, either temporarily or provided…”

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The covenants also state, “These restrictions may be enforced by Howard Hitch, his Heirs, Executors, Administrators or Assigns, or any property owner… All lots owners must comply with the Sussex County Zoning Ordinances governing AR-2 districts.”

Campbell sees himself acting under those rights in his effort to stop the Oakwood location from finalizing the installation.

County Attorney

Assistant County Attorney Jamie Sharp noted to the board that two opinions from appraisers were provided to them by one of the residents in opposition to the Oakwood application for a variance.

In a packet presented to the board at the application’s first hearing, Campbell included a letter from Carmean Appraisal Group which said, “The manufactured home could have a negative impact on the values of the existing homes.”

A letter from broker William Emmert Sr. with RE/MAX Realty Group was also in the packet, which reads,

It would seem from my general inspection of the community that all construction is either stick-built or modular, with NO mobile homes [SIC]I am a 44-year Delaware real estate salesman/broker and my opinion is that values in ‘Irons Acres’ will be negatively impacted by some 20-25 percent with the addition of a mobile home [SIC].”

He Lied

Campbell also pointed out that, on the application, Fleming wrote that the addition of the manufactured home would not alter the essential character of the neighborhood, as “there are mobile homes [SIC] in the subdivision.”

He lied,” Campbell said.

In his letter to the Board, Berl also called into question how Oakwood Homes could have been unaware that a modular home could not be placed on such a small lot.

According to its website, Oakwood Homes first opened for business in 1986, and its manager, Gil Fleming, who signed the application, has been part of the manufactured housing industry for over a decade. It is inconceivable that Oakwood would be unaware of the three-quarter-acre requirement that has existed for some time, and the Board is well aware that Oakwood has been active in Sussex County for some time,” local media reported.

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BoA Punted

With the Sussex Board of Adjustments (BoA) having deferred their decision three times, Campbell said the property owners on in Irons Acres feel as if their concern is not being taken seriously.

It’s frustrating to us as homeowners… We went back there the second time, they had done nothing.”

Under BoA requirements, applicants for a special use-exception must meet certain thresholds for the exception to be granted, including showing ample reason that the granting of the exception will not adversely affect the values or uses of adjacent properties.

In the very beginning, they said it was up to the applicant, Oakwood Homes, to prove that it would not change our neighborhood…[County Attorney Jamie Sharp] told them on more than one occasion that the fact that it’s there [already] is completely irrelevant,” said Campbell earlier this week. “It seems to me they’re trying to circumvent the law, not enforce the law.”

Fairness, Balance Missing?

One of the challenges in getting a fair and balanced report on such an issue is that corporate-owned stores often encourage managers not to engage with media, unless specifically authorized to do so.  That makes it difficult to know Oakwood’s side of the story.

Also, unanswered by the local news account is what impact this has on the presumed purchaser of that Oakwood Home?

As this review reflects, the Coastal Point report leans heavily against Oakwood, a part of the Clayton family of brands.

But based upon what’s stated, there is a certain takeaway.  Local media reports, like this one, are fairly common. It impacts numerous industry businesses. That’s why MHARR produced this recent report, linked here.  It’s why MHLivingNews created a periodic series of reports, such as the one below.

Local Star Chambers Wage War on Affordable Housing

The kinds of concerns noted in this Sussex County, DE tale are what frequently cause the NIMBY attitudes that harm the advancement of the manufactured housing industry.

Against that backdrop, wow does MHI’s social media or new videos defend against such common incidents?

Marty Lavin Lashes the Manufactured Housing Institute’s (MHI) Latest Initiative

Is this story out of the First State yet another example of what an MHI award-winner, quipped about?  Marty Lavin, concerned over the plans being reported by MHI, pointed to the steady drum beat of negative news reports, calling that the industry’s “other image campaign.” ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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Public Policies May Hurt Poorer, Older Residents

June 9th, 2017 Comments off

YesimSayinTaylorDCPolicyCenterManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsResearchDataReportsMHProNewsTRecent research shows that transit-oriented development programs can create social inequities and increase the pace of gentrification, and there is already evidence that this has been happening in D.C.,” says Yesim Sayin Taylor, with the D.C. Policy Center.

The Washington Times noted today that, “The D.C. Policy Center’s report focuses on the District, but smart growth planning has played a prominent role in many other U.S. cities.

Manufactured home industry professionals know that local zoning and development officials often take a NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) or BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Absolutely Near Anything) attitude.

In many markets, that in turn has sparked accelerated home values, due to demand, but it also means that those with lower incomes are being priced out of those markets.  That’s an issue that Taylor’s report notes.

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Screen shot from Taylor’s report.

Public policy, says Taylor’s research, is pushing out older, lower income citizens in favor of younger ones.

Transportation policies are pushing lower income citizens further out from metro areas too. One irony that this and other studies often point to is that the very things that central planners hope to accomplish – for example, less strain on streets, and transportation systems – are made worse.

If we truly want to make D.C. a more walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly city, we should start with our broader housing and transportation policies,” Taylor says, after having chronicled the various age, ethnic and other negative impacts from current policies and plans.

GeoffAndersonSmartGrowthAmericaManufacturedHousingIndustryResearchReportsAnalysisDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsNationally, there is no question that when cities are building smart growth neighborhoods, people want to live there. When that happens, you have people with more money ousting people with less money,” the Washington Times reports Geoff Anderson said, president of the nonprofit Smart Growth America. “So we need to have public policy that makes sure people who have been there for a long time can benefit.”

While DC may not be the best case for finding buildable infill locations, there are many cities and towns across the country that do have such opportunities.  The HUD PD&R spotlighted and published at this link here revealed that manufactured homes that are properly placed in city limits can appreciate as does other housing, does not harm local housing values, and often improves neighborhoods.

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Lisa Tyler. Ph.D.. Credit: MHLivingNews

We don’t have enough public housing to fulfill our needs,” says manufactured home industry expert Lisa Tyler, Ph.D. of Paris, Tennessee. “Manufactured housing presents a solution. It’s inexpensive, energy efficient, and a great value. There’s a lot of opportunity for growth in the industry, but a lot of obstacles, too.”

Tyler has the distinction of being the first Ph.D in United States over a decade whose dissertation was focused on manufactured housing, so her research on MH related issues is current,” per a report on MHLivingNews.

Tyler pointed to a study by William P. McCarty’s – see download, linked here – as one clear indicator that manufactured housing communities are just as safe as conventional neighborhoods.  Yet the impression of crime associated with manufactured homes is one of those false stigmas Tyler says has dogged the manufactured home industry.

The Potential of the MHIA 2000 to Solve Many Such Issues

Certainly, manufactured housing isn’t a cure all.  Some areas will require existing housing, when practical, to be updated.  But in many cases the promise and potential of the full and proper implementation of the Manufactured Housing Improvement Act of 2000 would yield a solution that saves taxpayers dollars and would enhance slipping home ownership rates.

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Call to Action

Please see the downloadable letter to HUD by Tony Kovach. And consider sending your own letter or his along with your own comments. The opportunities would be worth billions to the industry, and that can mean millions more in the market(s) that your operation serves. ##

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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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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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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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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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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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NIMBY in Action – Commission Delays Zoning Ordinance

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The Mt. Vernon, Illinois Zoning and Planning Commission has once again tabled conversation on a proposed zoning change that would clear the way for a manufactured home community.

According to the Register News, the decision came after a two-and-a-half hour hearing, which featured a number of residents speaking out against the proposed location.

I’m talking about green-space, people,” said Dianne Klein.

You guys are the zoning board. We are not going to get any more green-space back if you let this development go through. … We don’t want residential. We don’t care if they’re million dollar houses. We want green-space out there.”

The City Council also recently tabled discussions on the proposed community, to work on further establishing guidelines around what would happen to an adjacent park.

Developers Rob Berneking and Andrew Edwards are currently in discussions to purchase the property for the community, and they provided a detailed presentation on the project during the commission meeting.

We are ready, willing and able to develop this project. … The extensive history of managing manufactured home communities gives our group unrivaled experience in quality control, HUD installation, property maintenance, and customer satisfaction.”

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At least one member of the audience disagreed.

I object to the stats that have been cited here that indicate manufactured homes perform as well as regular homes during storms,” said audience member Mindy Goss.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, officials, news agencies and the general public continue to specifically point out manufactured homes and communities – often identified incorrectly as “mobile homes” and “mobile home parks” – vs. site-built homes in damage reports.

On average, about 1 in 5 structures identified as “mobile homes” by the media are in fact pre-HUD code mobile homes.  They are routinely the ones that suffer the most damage, because HUD Code manufactured homes are more durable by design.

Zoning board members referenced a petition signed by 438 people objecting to the proposed location of the manufactured home community during the meeting, and the zoning board approved a motion to table the matter until the revised city ordinance regulating manufactured home communities is adopted.

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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.

Considering everything presented, we feel that our project is clearly the highest and best use for the subject property,” said Berneking.##

 

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Billionaire Sees Shipping Containers as Homeless Solution

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In the San Francisco Bay Area of California, housing, along with most everything else, is very expensive. In many cities in the region, this disparity creates a toxic combination: an affordable housing crunch and rampant homelessness.

A billionaire in the area believes that the solution lies in repurposing shipping containers.

According to HousingWire, Santa Clara based real estate developer John Sobrato recently unveiled a proposal to build 200 micro apartments for both homeless and low-income renters, utilizing shipping containers, turning them into units between 160 and 240 square feet with kitchenettes and bathrooms with showers.

I think it’s time to turn my attention to creating a very cost-effective solution to housing the homeless and very low-income people,” said Sobrato.

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John Sabrato. Credit: Forbes.

Instead of sleeping in a pup tent or under an overpass, Santa Clara homeless folks will have a clean, dignified, safe place to call home.”

Sobrato plans to lease a 2.5-acre plot of city-owned land three miles from the San Francisco 49ers football stadium, which the city acquired in 2005 with the intention of creating affordable housing.

Funding for that plan fell through, and in October of last year Sobrato approached the city with his idea.

Per Bloomberg, Sobrato asked for a 57-year lease at the cost of $1 a year. In return, his group, the Sobrato Organization, would build and own the apartments, then lease them back to Santa Clara County, which would hire property management and homeless service providers.

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The project, called Innovation Place, would be projected to open in 2018, with half of the apartments being rented to the homeless, and the other half being made available to renters earning between 50 and 80 percent of the area’s median income.

 

NIMBY?

While many see Sobrato’s idea as noble, there are those that disagree. An anonymous petition began to circulate shortly after Sobrato presented his plan, and has 852 supporters.

While some may disagree, the numbers show that the need for affordable housing is the state is dire: 17 ballot measures were on the ballot last November dealing with affordable housing.

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 other affordable housing options for 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 shipping containers being used to solve the growing affordable housing crisis around the world, click here. ##

 

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