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

February 19th, 2017 Comments off

sunday-morning-weekly-manufactured-home-pro-news-recap-1-4-to-1-10-2015-mhpronews-com-A new month means new-featured articles on the MHProNews.com home page.

This month’s theme? Frank, Frustrations and Free Enterprise February in MHLand, 2017.

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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Container-MODs Once Moved Cargo, Will Now Provide Homes for Veterans

 

An Industry with a Heart – The Tomorrow’s Home Foundation

 

What’s New On MHProNews

Saturday February 18th, 2017

 

NAHB Home Builder Confidence Report Released

 

 

Friday February 17th, 2017

 

Community Owners, Residents, Agree on Bill

 

UMH Up, Manufactured Housing CV Down, Broader Markets Rise

 

New Modular Housing Project Unveiled

 

Homeowner Survey: Location Matters

 

Small Business Optimism Index: January Results

 

 

 

Thursday February 16th, 2017

 

MHC Residents Face Uncertain Future

 

LPX, LCI, Manufactured Housing CV Up, Broader Markets Mixed

 

No End in Sight? Trump Cheers Stock Market Streak

 

Killam Properties Reports Q4, 2016 Earnings

 

Modular Construction Helps to House Veterans

 

 

Wednesday February 15th, 2017

 

Duty to Serve (DTS) Manufactured Housing “Confidential Documents,” Draft and Downloads, FHFA, GSEs

 

Proposed Death Blows to CFPB Put Forward

 

UFPI, Manufactured Housing CV Soar, Broader Markets On Record Streak

 

Modular Company Purchased Out of Bankruptcy

 

After Fight, MHC Gets Green Light

 

Nation Looks to Shipping Containers for Migrant Housing

 

 

 

Tuesday February 14th, 2017

 

State Makes Move to Combine Housing Divisions

 

Deer Valley Soars, Manufactured Housing CV Down, Broader Markets Up

 

Landmarkers send Aluminaire House Packing from NY to CA

 

Manufactured Home Resident Scholarships Due

 

Stopped Before They Can Start? MHC Develop Stalled

 

 

Monday February 13th, 2017

 

MHC Gets Reprieve – But for How Long?

 

SKY, Cavco Up, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Rise

 

Industry Lender Announces Name Change

 

Future Looks Bleak for MHC

 

Manufactured Housing – Hope for Ownership Versus Rentals?

 

 

Sunday February 12th, 2017

 

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News February 5th 2017 to February 12th 2017

 

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After Fight, MHC Gets Green Light

February 15th, 2017 Comments off
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An unrelated manufactured home in nearby Attleboro. Credit: Realtor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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North Attleboro city hall. Credit: Century 21.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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MHC Community Expansion Faces Challenges – NIMBY?

February 10th, 2017 Comments off
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Water Valley residents at a board of supervisors meeting. Credit: Oxford Eagle.

The proposed expansion of a manufactured home community in Water Valley, Mississippi, appears to have hit a snag after a city meeting this week.

According to the Oxford Eagle, city officials said that the city does not have the capacity to provide sewage for the entire project.

In response to questions from multiple attendees at the meeting, Mayor Larry Hart explained the city would provide water, sewage and electricity for the portion of property located inside the city limits, which could accommodate eight to 10 additional manufactured homes in the community, which currently has 12 homes. Four local men purchased the property and property surrounding it, totaling 29.5 acres, last year for development. Two-thirds of the land sits outside the city limits.

At this time we do not want to expand the city’s utility system into the county for a project of this size. We are going to operate within the city limits,” said Hart.

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Mayor Larry Hart. Credit: North Mississippi Herald.

Any extra sewage capacity in the town’s wastewater treatment facility will be reserved for future growth inside the city.”

Mayor Hart told the meeting that the portion of the property that is located inside of the city limits is zoned “R-4”, which is a special residential designation that permits manufactured home communities. City Attorney John Crow added that guidelines for development in R-4 property is very restrictive.

The streets have to be paved, the manufactured houses must be under-girded, it’s got to be landscaped, it has got to be sodded. You can’t just start stacking them in there,” said Crow.

We will enforce that ordinance,” said Hart, responding to questions regarding enforcement.

Last month, the developers said that they were still in the planning phase and did not speculate about the total number of manufactured homes the proposed project would encompass.

They also stressed their goal was to create an affordable, safe and family oriented community and they planned to purchase new manufactured homes for the expansion.

Mayor Hart explained that protocol requires a proposal first be submitted to the city’s planning commissioners.

As of this moment, there is no permit in front of the city for anything. The permit application starts the ball to rolling,” said Hart.

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Credit: Oxford Eagle.

 

NIMBY?

The proposed development has also created controversy in town.

Multiple residents cited that close to 100 homes could be included in the development at maximum capacity, which presented concerns.

The issue was addressed at a Board of Supervisors meeting, and supervisors discussed the possibility of implementing land use ordinances in the county.

Currently the county does not have zoning or land use ordinances other than a flood plain ordinance.

We may need to consider some future planning,” said Board President Cayce Washington.

Where something like this has to flow through this board before someone can go out there and do this. I don’t think our target is going to be an individual homeowner, it is going to be more for developers.

I support an ordinance that would provide minimum subdivision standards for future development as well as restrictions for properties that have become a blight in the county” said District Three Supervisor Lee McMinn.

I am thinking in terms for future development and for protection of current homeowners.

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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. ##

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The End of MHC’s in Palm Beach County?

January 31st, 2017 Comments off
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Suni Sands Mobile Home Park. Credit: MHProNews.

What a difference a storm can make.

According to the Palm Beach Post, a tornado that ripped through the Juno Beach Condo Mobile Home Park last week put the issues surrounding manufactured home communities in Palm Beach county front and center again, as a combination of developers buying up communities and high housing prices threaten access to affordable housing in the area.

 

Many manufactured home communities in the county sit on large lots of land, usually with access to main roads, boat docks, and, most important to developers, commercial or multi-family zoning.

When other housing or commercial buildings replace a manufactured home community, urban planners often refer to it as “infill development,” which according to the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) is defined as “the process of developing vacant or under-used parcels within existing urban areas that are already largely developed.

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A crew cleans up at Juno after last week’s tornado. Credit: Palm Beach Post.

And, although residents of manufactured home communities see things differently, what may be more troubling in Palm Beach county is what appears to be a “backdoor” version of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard.)

Per the Palm Beach Post, politicians, and the residents who reelect them, seem to know that developments bring more tax revenue than manufactured home communities.

Infill development in the county has already taken place in Jupiter at the site of the former Whitehaven Senior Mobile Home Park, which is now home to Culver’s Custard and the Barcelona apartments.

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A map of the area, with Juno highlighted. Credit: Google.

Residents at Bell’s Mobile Home Park and Suni Sands Mobile Home Park met a similar fate when developers acquired the properties and announced new development plans. The last of the residents at Suni Sands left the community in mid December.

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A view of Bell’s Mobile Home Park. Credit: Palm Beach Post.

I grew up here. My kids worked here. This place is a part of me. The residents aren’t the only ones feeling the loss. I’m glad it’s over. It’s time to move on,” said community manager Steve Burns.

I never imagined I would live in such a magical place like Suni Sands. My husband and I are going to get a pizza tonight and sit on the deck with another couple. One last night in paradise,” said Joyce Miller, a 15-year resident.

Even moving assistance from the government usually isn’t enough to help residents.

While offering up to $6,000 in moving expenses for manufactured homeowners who are displaced, that amount doesn’t go very far in a county where everything tends to be expensive.

Many simply walk away from their homes all together, with it being too expensive to move them.

Views from the MH Industry

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Jim Ayotte, executive director of the Florida Manufactured Housing Association (FMHA), told MHProNews – “A community owner shouldn’t be compelled to close a community without regard for homeowners.

Ayotte explained some of the various stress points that are often at play, including local governments that have limited ability in their budgets to provide affordable housing. Yet, local governments often try to impose measures that force property owners to act contrary to their property rights.

This is unfair to the private sector and quite frankly, should be unconstitutional,” said Ayotte.

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Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA).

Property owners have the right to develop their land. And the government has the responsibility to make affordable housing available to citizens, especially for the elderly and low-income. There has to be some type of balance.

As MH association directors, we support a property owner’s rights to buy, sell and make a profit at any time, Jay Hamilton, of the George Manufactured Housing Association told MHProNews.

What we do hope for is that the MH Community owner does it ethically, which is usually the case.

The community owner should help minimize the impact by working with local government and social service agencies to identify alternative housing options,” said Ayotte, adding that he has seen a number of examples of community closures where owners, residents and local officials worked successfully together.

Ayotte’s full comments about the matter are linked here. ##

 

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News January 22nd 2017 to January 29th 2017

January 29th, 2017 Comments off

sunday-morning-weekly-manufactured-home-pro-news-recap-1-4-to-1-10-2015-mhpronews-com-As we wrap up the month of January, our featured articles are found on the MHProNews.com home page.

Our theme for this month is: Jiu Jitsu January in Manufactured Homeland, USA.

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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NAR – Millennials Want Quality Affordable Homes to Buy in 2017

“Oh Paradigm Shift” – Million Dollar Manufactured Homes for Rich and Frugal

 

What’s New On MHProNews

Saturday January 28th, 2017

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“An Elephant Ass,” Understanding GSEs, Duty to Serve, Manufactured Home Lending

Cordray Defiant, Says Trump Won’t Change Agency

  

Friday January 27th, 2017

NIMBY Rears its Head on Proposed MH Community

 

LCI, NorthStar Gain, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Dip

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Publication Flip-Flops on UMH, NPR Effect in Play

 

Does New Bylaw Discriminate Against Manufactured Homes?

 

Tiny Prefab Builder Takes His Show on the Road

 

Thursday January 26th, 2017

 

Local Developer Says MH Community Hurts Property Value

 

Nobility, Carlyle, Dow Up, Manufactured Housing CV Dips

 

Jim Visser Honored, the Journal of Manufactured Housing now History

 

Storms, High Winds Leave 100 MH Homes Without Heat

 

Passages: Edward J. Wall

 

Wednesday January 25th, 2017

 

Dow Hits 20k Mark, Cavco, LCI, Manufactured Housing CV Up, New Records for S&P, NASDAQ

 

A Solution for the Dysfunctional Home Loan Market?

 

County Levies Stiff Fine in Dakota, as Trump Primes XL Pipeline

 

3D Printed Home Can Withstand Magnitude 8 Earthquake

 

U.S. Existing Homes Sales Rise in December, MH Industry Response

  

Tuesday January 24th, 2017

 

Deer Valley, Skyline Up, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Spike

 

Carson Approved by Senate Committee, Provides View on MH

 

Security Mortgage Group Finances 80,032,500 for Several Communities

 

Another Country Turns to Prefab to Solve Housing Crisis

 

“Stop, Thief!”

 

Monday January 23rd, 2017

 

Huge Days for UFPI, UHM, Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Down

 

Trump’s Regulation Cuts Could Have Major Impact on MH

 

Buffett Supports Trump Picks, Soros Has Other Ideas

 

Tornadoes, Severe Weather Ravage South, Misconceptions Abound

 

Tough Times for Tiny Home Builders

 

Sunday January 22nd, 2017

Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News January 15th 2017 to January 22nd 2017

 

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NIMBY Rears its Head on Proposed MH Community

January 27th, 2017 Comments off
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In Sumter County, Florida, the County Commission approved rezoning 26 acres in rural Wildwood to allow development of a 110-unit subdivision with manufactured homes or townhouses.

And some of the residents were not pleased.

According to Villages News, in an attempted case of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard), a survey of nearby residents found them split on whether the rezoning should be granted. Seven said they had no objection, while five objected.

I am not in favor of a mobile home park [sic] being placed on this property,” said Genevieve Edwards.

A mobile home park [sic] or multiple mobile homes [sic] would lower their property values,” said residents Edna and Edward Adams.

The property was rezoned to rural residential from agricultural, and is located on west side of the city, which is bordered by The Villages, the largest retirement community in the U.S.

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Although the property is adjacent to a parcel with commercial zoning, most of the surrounding land is agricultural.

The city of Wildwood is also well known for its April 2015 rebuff of The Villages petition to expand into the city with 785 new homes. Wildwood leaders rejected the expansion efforts citing concerns of the city losing its identity and becoming overwhelmed by The Villages.

It would be a disservice to our residents and business partners,” Wildwood officials said at the time.

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As Daily Business News readers are aware, we have covered a number of cases of NIMBY recently, including the case in Aiken, South Carolina where residents were very blunt with their feelings.

The reason residents wanted to rezone the area is to keep mobile home parks [sic] out,” said Aiken County Planning Director Stephen Strohminger.

Residents in the area had reached out to former County Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie and District 3’s new representative Councilman Danny Feagin, concerned with the possibility of a large, manufactured home park [sic]. They wanted some protection.” ##

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Local Developer Says MH Community Hurts Property Value

January 26th, 2017 Comments off
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North of the border, in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Canada, in what appears to be another case of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard), a housing developer is not pleased about a planned manufactured home community.

According to the Mayerthorpe Freelancer, local housing developer Tim Rosadiuk criticized Mayerthorpe’s new manufactured housing subdivision and said there is a lack of good places to build in town.

Rosadiuk, president of Cozifoam Roof Armour Systems, made a presentation to the town’s policies and priorities committee meeting on Jan. 16. In that presentation, he said the town was wrong to create a new manufactured housing subdivision on the former site of Ellis Granley Park.

The town needs to generate more tax revenue in order to improve services, be able to pave more roads, encourage population growth and density,” said Rosadiuk.

I would see that it offers up to a 30 to 50 per cent tax revenue possibility than manufactured homes for the same unit area of building space.

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Tim Rosadiuk. Credit: Mayerthorpe Freelancer.

Rosadiuk also said it was hard to find places in town to develop site-built homes that do not have surroundings that would diminish the value of the property.

I was discouraged to hear that this property is being developed as more manufactured housing,” said Rosadiuk.

If I choose to build a new house in town, I am hard pressed to find a place where the surroundings won’t diminish the resale value of my new property.

After the meeting, Mayerthorpe Mayor Kate Patrick defended the decision on the manufactured home community, sighting the location.

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Mayor Kate Patrick. Credit: Mayerthorpe Freelancer.

We like to keep the manufactured housing subdivisions in areas where they’re not spot zoning into regular housing areas,” said Patrick.

That area was conducive to the manufactured housings that surround it.

Patrick mentioned that development in the new subdivision is making progress with developers and they are expressing interest, although nothing has been confirmed yet.

She added that Mayerthorpe was going to look into the concerns from Rosadiuk.

We’re in the process of reviewing our land use bylaw and some of the concerns that he brought up will be addressed in the new land use bylaw,” said Patrick.

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The Daily Business News covered the controversy in Mayerthorpe recently, and also here in the U.S., where in Aiken, South Carolina, 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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Proposal to Keep Manufactured Housing Out Sent Back to Planning Commission

January 17th, 2017 Comments off
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In another case of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard), a South Carolina County Council is asking for more clarity.

The Aiken County Council has sent a proposed rezoning back to the planning commission to review alternate zoning of some or all of the area.

According to the Aiken Standard, last month the County Council passed the first of three readings on a proposed amendment to the Aiken County Official Zoning and Development District to rezone 362 tax parcels, or approximately 1,935 acres.

The Council decided this month to continue second reading on the ordinance until its Feb. 21 meeting to allow for review of alternate plans.

The reason that residents wanted to rezone the area? The potential for a large manufactured home community.

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Stephen Strohminger. Credit: Aiken Standard.

The reason residents wanted to rezone the area is to keep mobile home parks [sic] out,” said Aiken County Planning Director Stephen Strohminger.

Residents in the area had reached out to former County Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie and District 3’s new representative Councilman Danny Feagin, concerned with the possibility of a large, manufactured home park.

They wanted some protection,” said Strohminger.

Strohminger shared that Residential Use Zoning (RD) limits the uses to single-family and multifamily residential, including manufactured homes but not manufactured home communities. It also included crops, bed and breakfast inns, day cares, and uses complimentary to residential such as parks, churches, elementary schools, utilities, and police/fire.

During the council meeting, Strohminger said Rural Development District (RUD) zoning allows for manufactured home communities.

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Danny Feagin. Credit: Aiken Standard.

When asked how the residents would feel regarding potential zoning changes, Councilman Feagin provided an ominous answer.

As long as it keeps the mobile home parks [sic] out, I think the folks would be satisfied,” said Feagin.

 

Potential MH Impact 

As readers of the Daily Business News may be aware, South Carolina has the highest percentage of manufactured housing in the U.S., with nearly 19 percent of all housing in the state falling into the MH category.

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The potential zoning actions by Aiken County could have far reaching impact.

For the last three or four years, the South Carolina association’s focus is to move beyond killing bad zoning proposals and working to reopen areas that have been closed to manufactured homes for many years,” said Ed Schafer, Government Affairs Director for the Manufactured Housing Institute of SC.

In some areas it’s been easy. Progressive planning officials in several towns have been very interested in using manufactured homes for ‘urban’ infill.

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City Council Approves Controversial Manufactured Housing Ordinance

December 14th, 2016 Comments off
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The Linton, Indiana City Council voted on December 12th to move forward with a manufacturing housing ordinance, which will require all future manufactured homes to be in a manufactured home community.

The controversial motion passed with a 3-2 vote, with council members Tony Richards and Linda Bedwell casting dissenting votes.

According to the GC Daily World, the conversation began in June when Mayor John Wilkes said the city needed to take action in creating an enforceable manufactured home ordinance in order to ensure the homes are properly hooked into the sanitation system and electricity. The mayor said there had been several complaints about manufactured homes in the city.

Since the discussion began, a number of versions of a proposed ordinance were presented, but were not successful.

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Mayor John Wilkes. Official Photo.

In November, as the Daily Business News covered here, Wilkes made the proposal to require all manufactured homes brought into the city to be placed in a manufactured home community. The proposal was passed after Mayor Wilkes broke the council’s 2-2 tie.

The formal ordinance was brought before the council on December 12th for adoption.

By requiring the manufactured homes to be placed in manufactured home communities, the community owner will be required to follow state mandates for sanitation and water supply.

The provisions set forth in the ordinance also extend to Amish cabins or “tiny houses.

According to the mayor, current manufactured homes are grandfathered in, but Councilwoman Linda Bedwell asked for clarification on the grandfather clause, including the fact if fire or certain types of disaster destroy a manufactured home, it could allow for the manufactured home to be replaced or rebuilt.

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Mayor Wilkes opened the floor to public discussion before the vote was taken.

Jerry May, a local landlord, raised a few questions, including a possible violation of Senate Bill 6593.

The bill states, in part, “No city, town, code city or county may enact any statute or ordinance that directly or indirectly has the effect of discriminating against consumer choice in the placement or use of a home that does not apply equally to all homes.

Additionally, the bill also notes entities can require a manufactured house to be set on a permanent foundation, be up to state energy code and meeting other requirements for designated manufactured homes.

If I purchased a piece of property and built a pole barn to live in, would that be allowed?” asked another attendee.

City attorney John Rowe said the potential concerns could be litigated if needed.

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

A Strong Response

The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association (IMHA) became aware of this issue in late November based on local media reports,” said IMHA President Ron Breymier.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – November 13th – November 20th, 2016

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sunday-morning-weekly-manufactured-home-pro-news-recap-1-4-to-1-10-2015-mhpronews-com-We continue with our thought-provoking theme for the monthEntrepreneurs November in MHVille 2016That link will take you to all of the featured articles and interviews this month.

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 Entrepreneurs November in MHVille 2016, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: 

We Provide, You Decide.  ©

 

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Texas ROC Leaders Tout Resident-Ownership at “I’m Home” Convention

 

State’s Manufactured Home Sales Soar

 

What’s New On MHProNews

 

Saturday November 19th, 2016

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Dodd-Frank, CFPB Deep in Trump Administration Cross Hairs

 

Friday November 18th, 2016

Skyline, Cavco Lead Up Day for the Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Down

 

Flood Recovery Grant to Help Flood Victims with Manufactured Homes

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Investors Up Stakes In Affiliated Managers Group

 

Freddie Mac Forms Partnership, Rolls Out MH Education Curriculum

 

Manufactured Home Communities Cut Ribbon on New Indoor Pool Complex

  

Thursday November 17th, 2016

 

Trump/Congress Call on Federal Agencies to Defer Action on all Pending Regulations

  

Council Looks to Allow FEMA Homes, Rescind Solar Fees

 

Patrick Industries Leads Up Day For Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Rise

 

ROC Leaders Meet at Texas Conference

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Sam Zell On CNBC: Donald Trump’s Election Represents “Huge Psychological Difference” About the Economy’s Future

 

Prominent Democratic Lawyer Defends Breitbart’s Steve Bannon

 

Wednesday November 16th, 2016

Innovative, Affordable Modular Housing Highrise Set for Completion in 2018

 

Patrick Industries, Drew Industries Lead Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Mixed

 

Layered Cardboard Modular Home Unveiled

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British Giant Eyes Cavco Industries Holdings

 

Manufactured Home Set on Fire, Anti-Trump Messages Spray-Painted on Another

 

Tuesday November 15th, 2016

 

Carlyle Group, Louisiana-Pacific Lead Manufactured Housing CV, Broader Markets Up

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Proposed Council Ordinance Sparks Property Rights, Discrimination Discussion

 

Buffett On President-Elect Donald Trump: “He Deserves Everybody’s Respect”

 

Monday November 14th, 2016

 

Manufactured Housing CV Down, Broader Markets Mixed On Trump Policy News

 

Startup Wins Innovation Award For Upcoming 3D Home

 

CBS and Full Measure Trump Videos, Transition Advances, Protests and Democratic Snafus

 

Investors Increase Stakes In Sun Communities

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Rent Control Measure Victorious, Questions, Issues Remain

 

Sunday November 13th, 2016

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap – Manufactured Housing Industry News – November 6th – November 13th, 2016  ##

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