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City Planners Restricting Manufactured Housing Sites

July 16th, 2013 Comments off

The Magnolia, Ark. Planning and Zoning Commission has proposed restricting manufactured homes (MH) to R-3 zoning, thereby keeping it out of R-2 and R-1 zoning. The new measure would require amending zoning laws for most of this whole city, located in southwestern Arkansas, as MHProNews has learned, affecting hundreds of homes. By law a sign must be posted in every yard that is up for the change, and each property subject to rezoning must be published. Commissioner Christine Durham will seek an alternative to this costly legal notice. The second ordinance reflects state code that requires manufactured homes to have porches, skirting, roofs that blend with the house and driveways. If the Magnolia City Council approves these measures, the planning commission wants to also change zoning in five other areas that would further restrict the siting of manufactured homes, according to magnoliareporter.

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High Income Residences for Low Income Residents

October 26th, 2012 Comments off

Philly reports low-income housing in a section of Philadelphia called Logan rivals high-income housing elsewhere. The three modular rowhouses are stylish and modern, and among the most energy efficient homes anywhere, with solar paneled roofs that reduce the energy consumption level to near zero, crucial for the poorest of the poor who will be living there. Developed by Onion Flats, the homes are the first in Pennsylvania to be certified by the Germany-based International Passive House Institute because their energy consumption is near zero. Stuffed with insulation and outfitted with Bosch appliances and European windows, a heat exchanger maintains a comfortable temperature inside the homes. Partnering with the nonprofit Raise of Hope, Onion Flats  set 25-foot deep piers to stabilize the modules because of Logan’s shifting soil. Costing $250,000 apiece, the five-bedroom homes will be occupied by families with incomes below $25,000 annually, MHProNews has been informed.

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City Council Repeals Rules Governing MH

September 20th, 2012 Comments off

Following-up on a story we published Aug. 7, 2012 regarding measures passed by the Marion, North Carolina City Council July 17 to regulate placement and structural standards of new manufactured housing, mcdowellnews reports the council voted unanimously to repeal the new rules. Local real estate agent Mark Shuman pointed out the new rules were contrary to federal and state law because they restrict siting of new and pre-HUD Code manufactured housing. Additionally, the requirements to make their roofs and foundations blend in with site-built homes infringes on property rights, and puts an economic hardship on people of modest means. The proposed regulations did not apply to manufactured housing in communities, to modular homes or existing homes. Shuman suggested in the future the planning board and the city council need to research their proposals better. MHProNews has learned Mayor Steve Little said he will appoint a committee to focus on different rules, suggesting it meets with manufactured home dealers, real estate agents and landlords.

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