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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News March 26th 2017 to April 2nd 2017

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sunday-morning-weekly-manufactured-home-pro-news-recap-1-4-to-1-10-2015-mhpronews-com-Our theme for our April 2017 issue is: Manufactured Housing Industry Politics – Complicated Cross Currents, or April Fools?

These articles will go live on the MHProNews.com home page on April 5th.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

 

 

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

 

What’s New On MHLivingNews

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Triad Financial Services Introduces Superior Choice Credit Union to Manufactured Homes & Loans – Video

 

American Dreamers and HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson; How Millions Could Win by Enforcing the Law

 

 

 

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Saturday April 1st, 2017

 

Sam Zell Speaks: Wall Doesn’t Hurt at All

 

Friday March 31st, 2017

 

Patrick Soars, Manufactured Housing CV Rises, Broader Markets Down

 

April Fools? – MHVille Politics, 2017

 

City Residents Make Unexpected Moves – Opportunity for MH?

 

Cavco Reaches Terms on Key Acquisition

 

Michigan Manufactured Housing Association Announces Changes

   

Thursday March 30th 2017

 

Manufactured Home Owners Get Special Surprise

 

Skyline Rises, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Up

 

Manufactured Home Community, Residents, Face Uncertain Future

 

State Agency to Assist Low Income MH Residents

 

Manufactured Home Commission Under Fire, After Fire

 

Wednesday March 29th, 2017

 

Modular Housing Serves as Affordable Housing Solution

 

Patrick Up, Manufactured Housing CV Rises, Broader Markets Mixed

 

City Makes Decision on Manufactured Home Zoning

 

Potential Rent Control for Manufactured Home Communities

 

Manufactured Home Community Veterans Honored

 

 

Tuesday March 28th, 2017

Mayor “Gung Ho” About 12,000 Home Modular Project

 

AMG Soars, Manufactured Housing CV Slips, Broader Markets Roar Back

 

Town Decides on Manufactured Home Ordinance

 

Update: Manufactured Home Community Eviction

 

Manufactured Home Community Leases Gone Bad

 

Monday March 27th, 2017

 

Developers Turn to Modular in Housing Crisis

 

UMH Gains, Manufactured Housing CV Rises, Broader Markets Mixed

 

NIMBY, NIMBY, NIMBY – Residents Oppose MHC

 

Tunica Forecast—Terrific for Growth

 

City Invests in Manufactured Homes for Affordable Housing

 

All Eyes on Tunica for Manufactured Housing This Week

 

 

Sunday March 26th, 2017

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News March 19th 2017 to March 26th 2017

 

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NIMBY, NIMBY, NIMBY – Residents Oppose MHC

March 27th, 2017 Comments off
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Mike Wetzel presents plans for the community. Credit: Observer-Reporter.

In North Strabane Township, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a new battle is brewing over a proposed manufactured home community.

According to the Observer-Reporter, developers are working on Hidden Acres, a 182-acre plan with 228 manufactured home units. Based on the location, which is zoned for manufactured homes, officials do not see a reason for the township to deny the proposal.

The (development) would be extremely difficult for the township to deny, unless there are deficiencies, said Frank Siffrinn, township manager.

But some area residents see it differently.

In what appears to be another case of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard), Attorney Thomas McDermott, who represents a group of about 200 area residents, said at a public hearing on a conditional use application last week that his clients are concerned about traffic, a railroad crossing near the property, and the potential of narrowing nearby streets.

The Township planning commission recommended approval of the application from developers last month with conditions, including the requirement that the community be 55 plus.

I don’t think we could make that stick,” said township solicitor Gary Sweat.

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Mike Wetzel, of designer Victor-Wetzel Associates, says that the plan for the community would be done in six phases, and would not require adjustments.

We are not asking for any modifications,” said Wetzel. “This meets township ordinances.”

By rule, the board is required to make a decision within 45 days. Both parties on the matter agreed to leave the record open for 30 days to work toward an agreement.

We could possibly come to some kind of consensus,” McDermott said.

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. ##

 

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News March 19th 2017 to March 26th 2017

March 26th, 2017 Comments off

sunday-morning-weekly-manufactured-home-pro-news-recap-1-4-to-1-10-2015-mhpronews-com-Our theme for this month is The Manufactured Housing Industry’s March Madness, and our featured articles are now live on the MHProNews.com home page.

To see the line-up of over 3-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

 

What’s New On MHLivingNews

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Triad Financial Services Introduces Superior Choice Credit Union to Manufactured Homes & Loans – Video

 

American Dreamers and HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson; How Millions Could Win by Enforcing the Law

 

What’s New On MHProNews

 

Saturday March 25th, 2017

Crowdfunding the American Dream With Manufactured Housing?

 

Friday March 24th, 2017

A Fully Furnished Manufactured Home in Three Days?

 

Skyline Spikes, Manufactured Housing CV Gains, Broader Markets Mixed

 

MHProNews, MHLivingNews in Focus: 2017 Tunica Manufactured Housing Show

 

DTS Manufactured Home Lending – Views to FHFA NAFCU, an Innovative MH Community Operator, and MHARR

 

Manufactured Housing – Highly Effective Urban Infill?

 

Thursday March 23rd 2017

Update: Manufacturers Must Turn Over Documents in FEMA Case

 

UMH Soars, Manufactured Housing CV Gains, Broader Markets Down

 

Editorial: Resident Opposes Sale to Hometown America

 

MHARR: Manufactured Housing Must Remain Federally Regulated

 

County Commission Tackles Tiny Homes

 

Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 

Nation Seeks Affordable Housing Solutions, Looks to Modular

 

UMH Rises, Manufactured Housing CV Down, Broader Markets Mixed

 

Town Battle for Modular Inclusion

 

Vandalism Affects Manufactured Home Community

 

Frank Rolfe–Manufactured Home Communities, Prospective HomeOwners Win with Trump

 

Tuesday March 21, 2017

The Heat is On – Pressure Mounts on CFPB

 

LCI Down, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Hit Hard

 

Factory Build Smart Homes – With a Twist?

 

“Otter-ly” Surprised by New Residents

 

Nobility Homes Reports Q1 2017 Results

 

Monday March 20th, 2017

 

Update: Exposed High Voltage Cable at MHC

 

Where Democrats, Republicans, Business Professionals and Non-Profits Agree

 

Skyline Soars, Manufactured Housing CV Up, Broader Markets Mixed

 

Last Stand for Manufactured Home Community Residents?

 

Homebuilder Confidence Numbers Released

 

Sunday March 19th, 2017

 

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News March 12th 2017 to March 19th 2017

 

 

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Manufactured Home Community Expansion Approved

March 17th, 2017 Comments off
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The Orchard Ranch RV Park. Credit: Orchard Ranch.

Town officials in Prescott Valley, Arizona approved the expansion of the Orchard Ranch RV Park last week, in what is being seen by the town as a new trend.

We used to segregate mobile homes [sic] from RVs,” said Prescott Valley Community Development Director Richard Parker.

We’re seeing an emergence now of a type of use where people move in with an RV, use it as their rental place or their resort living and then down the road, as they mature, they actually move mobile homes [sic] in their place.

According to the Prescott Valley Tribune, Parker’s comments came during a Public Hearing regarding the Zoning Map Change for the community on March 9th. He felt that the operators were perfect for the expansion.

The owners of Orchard Ranch RV Park have had experience with combining mobile homes [sic] and RVs and have been successful in it as well,” said Parker.

Mark Wirth, who is an agent for Orchard Ranch RV Resort and Fain Land and Cattle, requested the zoning changes, which reclassify 75 acres from Residential; Single Family Rural, known as RCU-70, to Commercial; General Sales and Services-Planned Area Development, know as C2-PAD for the expansion.

About 63 acres is for the development of 493 spaces that will accommodate both mobile homes [sic] and RV units,” said Parker.

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In many instances, community expansions are met with various levels of opposition, also known as NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard), with residents and officials alike claiming that the additions will bring down home values or attract unwanted elements based on stereotypes. As Daily Business News readers are aware, we have provided the facts versus the myths surrounding manufactured housing.

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The case of Orchard Ranch RV Park has drawn a positive response.

I wanted to compliment Mr. Wirth on his understanding the changing needs of society,” said Councilmember Lora Lee Nye.

Sometimes they aren’t pleasant, but this one is. This one meets needs of people who want to spend time in our community and I think the flexibility to make these changes is critical and important.

For Wirth, he feels a sense of pride.

The trend is truly a sense of community as far as people taking care of one another in the community and sharing activities,” said Wirth.

The Prescott Valley council unanimously approved the change. ##

 

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Manufactured Housing Zoning Decision Reached

March 13th, 2017 Comments off
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A home in the Tall Grass community. Credit: FR Community.

In Coldwater, Michigan, a rezoning proposal for the expansion of a manufactured housing community was rejected.

According to the Daily Reporter, rezoning for the 10-acre expansion of Tall Grass Mobile Home Park failed, ending in a 3-3-tie vote after presentation and discussion before the Coldwater Planning Commission.

Residents of the area in attendance were not shy about their feelings regarding the community’s proposal.

Adding the 55 homes is adding more of the same, adding to the problems,” said Paul Lindsley, who, along with his wife Sherry, own a park-style wedding venue across from Tall Grass.

There is a lot of public intoxication, breaking and entering, trespassing, and even meth labs associated with residents in the mobile home park [sic],” said Sherry Lindsley.

There are no sidewalks in the area. People walk in the road.

The Lindsley’s also noted that there would be a potential increase in traffic, and that the expansion did not fit.

This is low-income transient housing not compatible with the (city’s) master plan,” said Sherry Lindsley.

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Inside of the Tall Grass community. Credit: FR Community.

For Commissioner Jessica Cole, she sees a challenge with simply enforcing already existing laws as a part of the problem.

How much of a role does this play?” asked Cole during the meeting.

The arguments made by residents during the fight to prevent rezoning of the Fremont School site for apartments was to push multi-family residences to the edge of the city, where this project is located.

But others on the council appear to see this as a class and quality issue.

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Inside of a home in the FR community. Credit: FR Community.

I think we need to step up to the plate and provide more middle class housing,” said Councilwoman Maureen Petzko, who objected to more lower-income housing with high turnover rates.

That’s the people we want to attract.

Commissioner Dave Rumsey agreed with Petzko on the matter.

If we continue to approve low income housing, it’s not going to get us where we want to be,” said Rumsey.

For architect Don Westphal, he sees the developer, FR Community, as a good steward.

The developer is sensitive to the neighbors,” said Westphal.

I am confident the new owners of Tall Grass will do a good job.

The proposal submitted by FR Community for the 55 lots on the 10.6 acres is designed to allow for upgrades to larger manufactured homes.

The vote tally saw Commissioners Garn, Cole and Chairperson Aloha Miller vote in favor of the rezoning, and Commissioners Petzko, Rumsey and Rick Stevens vote against.

The vote by the commissioners does not mean an end to the rezoning effort.

The issue could come back for a re-vote by the planning commission when more of the absent three members are present. It could also go forward to the city council, which could deny or approve the rezoning. ##

 

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Proposed Manufactured Home Community Faces Fight

March 11th, 2017 Comments off
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A manufactured home in Mt. Vernon, IL. Credit: Zillow.

In Mount Vernon, Illinois, what appears to be another case of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) has reared its head.

According to the Register-News, a first reading of an ordinance to annex property for a manufactured home community was held this week, and several residents in attendance voiced their concerns.

We would like a couple more weeks to find out more about what this entails,” said Attorney Hank Villani, speaking on behalf of his client, the Jefferson Fire Protection District.

The loss of tax revenue to the fire protection district was a concern.

The property owner, Jefferson County Holdings, LLC, is asking for the annexation and change of zoning designation from General Agriculture to Resident Manufactured Home Community to “facilitate potential sale of property to residential developer.

One of the challenges around the process lies in the existing classifications on the books.

Under the current classification, R-MH, which covers manufactured homes, laundromats, parks and playgrounds and essential services, the district is created to preserve and enhance property values in the community by providing designated, distinctive areas in which MH may be situated for residential dwelling purposes.

It’s an old ordinance and hasn’t been revisited for many years,” said City Manager Mary Ellen Bechtel.

It’s time to improve and update it. … The standards for manufactured homes have changed, subdivision expectations have changed. We want to improve and control the construction in that zoning area closely. We want to revise the standards for a mobile home park [sic] so it’s more appropriate to modern living.”

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But some residents, including Jill and Mike Nordin, were less than convinced that the move was a good idea.

I hope this won’t be a park view trailer court [sic],” said Jill Nordin.

We have more questions than answers,” said Mike Nordin.

A traditional mobile home park [sic] affects value of adjoining property. We have no information on what this is going to be. A reasonable real estate agent will tell you mobile homes [sic] affect area property values. You also have to remember there are already tremendous traffic problems there, especially when there are large gatherings at the ball fields. The kids have a ball, but the parents don’t know where to park.

They were not alone.

We don’t need mobile homes [sic] across from Klein Field and Lincoln Park,” said Larry Goss, a resident of the Western Gardens area of the city.

Go on Veterans (Memorial Drive) past Oak Grove mobile home park [sic] that was started in the 60s. They have done a certain job of keeping it up, with upkeep, but there are also a number of police calls in that area. … We don’t need another deteriorating mobile home park [sic] near Western Gardens.

Mt. Vernon Mayor Mary Jane Chesley told those in attendance that although the council is now looking at the annexation, the Zoning and Planning Commission will hear more about the plans for the property while considering a zoning change next week. “At that time more information will be presented to the public,” said Chesley.

I do understand that a great deal of thought has gone into the plan and will be presented at the zoning meeting on Monday at City Hall.

The Daily Business News closely follows instances of NIMBY, including the recent instance in Winterville, North Carolina, where the town council moved to change where manufactured homes could be located. That story is linked here. ##

 

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Multi-Acre MH Expansion Approved, Residents Concerned

March 9th, 2017 Comments off
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A Hynes Group Home. Credit: Concord Monitor.

In Allenstown, New Hampshire, officials have formally approved the sale of 166 acres of town-owned land to a Canada-based manufactured home developer, Hynes Group.

The company, which already manages the 300 unit Holiday Acres community in town, plans to expand it by an additional 210 units, which will be age-restricted.

Per the Concord Monitor, the Allenstown select board okayed the sale by a 2-1 vote this week, with selectman Jeff Gryval voting against the measure and selectmen David Eaton and Jason Tardiff in favor.

The Hynes Group says that the new homes will be larger than the current homes in the Holiday Acres community, with additional extras such as garages.

The major factor to take into the study was that it was age-restricted. And the impact of that is that it reduces the number of school-aged children dramatically,” said Russ Thibeault of Laconia-based Applied Economic Research.

Based on an estimated average valuation of $141,068, Thibeault says that the new development would add about $29 million in property value to the tax rolls, and Allenstown could expect a net increase of about $500,000 in new tax revenues once all the homes are built.

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The entrance to Holiday Acres. Credit: Concord Monitor.

Thibeault’s analysis also projected about $1 million in revenues from one-time sewer and water hookup fees.

Mark Fougere, of Fougere Planning & Development Inc., in an analysis submitted to town officials, thought that the revenue number could be even higher.

The estimated positive fiscal impact of $513,000 outlined on page 29 is, again, very conservative and we would expect actual positive revenues to the community to be higher than this finding,” said Fougere.

Even with the positive report, many residents who were at the meeting this week have expressed concerns that the development will burden the town’s services and contribute little in terms of revenue.

And, the issue of just how many students the development might bring made for some strong responses, including one from a unique source.

 

NIMBY Strikes Again?

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Allestown, NH (shaded in red.) Credit: Google.

Our schools are currently struggling to financially meet the needs of the existing student population. They are not prepared to accommodate a large influx of additional students. School taxes will increase as a result,” said Kathleen Pelissier, the town’s clerk and tax collector, in a letter sent to certain residents urging them to contact the select board before the vote.

I hope I’m wrong. But only time will tell.

Pelissier’s letter also said that manufactured homes depreciate quickly in value, and she worried many property owners in the planned age-restricted development might apply for exemptions on their taxes based on age and income.

As a part of the sale, the Hynes Group agreed to upgrade the area around the new development, including installing a sidewalk along the turnpike to the entrance of the new development.

For more on cases of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard), including a recent case in Glendale, Arizona, click here. ##

 

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New MH Community Proposal Approved, Residents Concerned

March 9th, 2017 Comments off
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A home in the Campana Trails community. Credit: Realtor.

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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Campana Trails (red marker). Credit: Google.

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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Town Council Overhauls Zoning, MH in Crosshairs

March 8th, 2017 Comments off
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A manufactured home in Winterville, NC. Credit: Realtor.

In Winterville, North Carolina, the Planning Commission and the Town Council tackled zoning issues this week.

On the subject of manufactured housing, it was very clear on which side of the line some officials fell.

According to the Reflector, in dealing with permitted residential uses, the planning board voted 6-2 with planning board members Robert Briley and Dawn Poaletti dissenting, to remove class B single-family homes, which are classified as single-section manufactured homes from the list completely.

Everyone needs somewhere to live. You’re not thinking about that,” said Briley.

Having no singlewides [sic] is stupid. Land is land. No one is making any more land. I’m a country boy and can’t go along with this. It don’t make no sense. It’s a restriction on half of Pitt County.

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Mayor Doug Jackson. Official Photo.

The County has restrictions on mobile [sic] homes, too. It requires a permit,” said Mayor Doug Jackson.

Then, board member Peggy Cliborne made a motion to remove class A single family homes, classified as multi-section manufactured homes from the list as well.

It is a wise statement to remove both,” said Jackson.

I agree,” said Mayor Pro-tem Mark Smith.

I think we still should move class A doublewides to conditional use,” said Cliborne.

If I were moving to the community, I wouldn’t want to move next to a mobile home [sic].”

The motion died for a lack of a second.

Mayor Pro-tem Smith said that he is not against manufactured homes, but he does think the planning board should determine if they are allowed.

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Mayor Pro-tem Mark Smith. Official Photo.

I have no issued with mobile homes [sic] in our town. My grandmother lives in a mobile home park [sic], but we must look at where they are allowed. Now they are allowed next to $200,000 to $300,000 homes,” said Smith.

People ask, ‘Why would we allow that?’ It is a legitimate question.

Cliborne again made a motion to move class A doublewide manufactured homes to a conditional use in a joint session. Her motion did not receive a second.

We must know the condition,” said planning board member Doug Kilian, making reference to a Board of Adjustment process that requires applicants to prove the special requirement.

That would keep our housing consistent with similar housing together, which adds to the community and makes it look good,” said Winterville Councilwoman Veronica Roberson. She supports conditional use.

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Councilwoman Veronica Roberson. Official photo.

We must clarify the difference between modular homes and doublewides [sic], so it says modulars and doublewides [sic] under conditional use,” said Cliborne, agreeing with Kilian.

Moving class A homes into a conditional use would allow the development of a modular home subdivision or a doublewide [sic] subdivision,” said Roberson.

Kilian then made a motion to make class A housing as a conditional use, which Cliborne seconded.

The motion then passed unanimously.

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NIMBY?

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. ##

 

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NIMBY Strikes Again?

February 27th, 2017 Comments off
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The home in question. Credit: KTBS.

Usually, the addition of a new home to a neighborhood is greeted as something good, viewed as a benefit to the others as it could increase property values.

That’s not the case in Shreveport, Louisiana.

A manufactured home in the city’s Highland neighborhood is getting some attention from upset residents.

According to KTBS, the city investigated the property in light of the complaints, and found out the home was moved into the lot without city permits.

And residents in the Fairfield historic district, adjacent to the Highland community, are taking to social media and reaching out to the city council about the house that suddenly popped up in their neck of the woods, and appears out of place.

One of the challenges, residents say, is that it looks like a manufactured home, but based on its foundation and wooden frame it doesn’t fall into that category.

The other issue is about how it’s facing the road. Unlike other homes in the area, the home is sideways.

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Tom Arceneaux. Credit: Blanchard Walker.

If I’m trying to sell a house on that block and people have to walk by this very unattractive, out of place structure– they will be less willing to pay the same price if they can buy a similar house in another neighborhood that didn’t have that problem,” said Tom Arceneaux, President of the Highland Restoration Association.

It could affect property values in the area.

After receiving a number of complaints, Councilman Jeff Everson discovered the home was moved to Shreveport from Sabine Parish in Converse, Louisiana without a permit.

But the owner, who has been unreachable for comment, told Everson that she does not acknowledge wrongdoing.

She expressed that it may not be the business of her neighbors if she had a permit or not, but it is–to be in compliance with city laws. Everyone has to do that. It’s nothing personal,said Everson.

No property can be hooked up to utilities without a city permit.

Everson says that the city’s permitting and licensing office has reached out to the responsible parties, and once the owner files for a city permit, then the city has to assess the property to make sure it doesn’t violate city zoning laws.

For more on manufactured housing and its impact on neighborhoods in Louisiana, including the case of a proposed MHC in Iberia Parish, Louisiana, click here. ##

 

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