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NIMBY in Action – Commission Delays Zoning Ordinance

April 12th, 2017 Comments off
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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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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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Proposed Manufactured Home Community Faces Fight

March 11th, 2017 Comments off
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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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City Ordinance Sets Deadline for Siting MH

April 20th, 2012 Comments off

Regarding another story we covered April 16, 2012 from Mt. Vernon, Illinois concerning a proposed conditional use for siting MH in the town, the city council voted to prohibit manufactured housing from RM2 residential areas. The new ordinance endorses a conditional use provision that allows factory-built homes to be sited in RM2 zones providing certain ownership, permission, and time lines are met. According to what the Register-News tells MHProNews.com, the home cannot be older than 15 years, and the siting must be complete by year’s end.

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Ill. City Proposing Additional Siting for MH

April 16th, 2012 Comments off

The Register-News in Mt. Vernon, Illinois reports the Mt. Vernon City Council will hold a second reading on a proposed ordinance governing conditional use siting of manufactured housing in the city. The ordinance would require written permission from the owner of adjacent stick-built homes to allow a manufactured home to be sited next door. Conditional use will not be granted in areas where 50 percent (on one side of the block) or more of the homes are stick-built. A manufactured home may be sited in an area where there are already other MH. The city has left the ordinance open-ended to take other factors into consideration when granting the conditional use permit. MHProNews.com has learned all housing must be sited before the conditional use permit ends Dec. 31, 2012.

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Southern IL City Likely to Limit MH to Communities

January 20th, 2012 Comments off

MhproNews has learned from the Register-News in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, the Mt Vernon City Council is set to approve a ban on mobile homes outside MHCs. Pre-existing manufactured homes outside designated areas would be grandfathered in, as long as they are not moved, according to city manager Ron Neibert. Zoning class R-M2 as revised would also permit multi-family housing as well as modular housing. He says if it has axles and a title it qualifies as a mobile home. Resident Ann Gaston, who has lived in a manufactured home for 20 years in Mt. Vernon, says if her home is destroyed by a tornado she would not have the resources to construct a stick-built home. Another resident says the ordinance discriminates against poor people.

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Zoning Change to Restrict MH

December 26th, 2011 Comments off

The Mount Vernon, Illinois, Zoning and Planning Commission is considering an ordinance change     that restricts manufactured housing to communities, instead of conditional permit zoning. The Register-News tells MHProNews.com that Mt. Vernon City Councilman David Wood says, “We’re trying to get away from spot zoning,” Wood said. “The way the ordinance is drafted, anyone can apply for a mobile home (sic) in almost any neighborhood in residential zoning. That leaves it up to the zoning commission to determine if a mobile home will go in neighborhood A, B or C. The judgment calls change with the makeup of the commission.” City Manager Rod Neibert says the existing factory-built homes will be grandfathered in, but if one is moved or damaged it will not be replaced by another one. The ordinance does not affect modular homes. The commission will consider the ordinance at its Jan. 9 meeting.

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