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Austin City Councilman Proposes Mandated Amenities for MH Communities

October 19th, 2016 1 comment
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Cactus Rose MH Park. Credit: KUT.

Austin City Councilman Pio Renteria has proposed a new ordinance for manufactured home communities in Austin, after a visit to one last week.

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Pio Renteria. Credit: Austin City Council.

When I went down there I said, ‘my goodness, there’s no rec centers,‘” Renteria told KUT.There’s nothing there for the kids. They’re just running around, and when I inquired with one of my policy aides, she said, ‘yeah the laundry room is the recreational center.’

MH industry professionals see the effort as misguided.

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D.J. Pendleton.

This just seems like yet another city overreach with an idea that has not yet been thoroughly thought out as to its practical impact,” said DJ Pendleton, Executive Director of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA).

And it is once again, the singling out of manufactured home communities compared to other housing options.

I don’t wholly disagree with the sentiment that it would be nice to have higher quality MHCs out there,” said MJ Vukovich, Vice President of Bellwether Enterprise, a Minneapolis based commercial and multifamily mortgage bank.

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MJ Vukovich. Credit: Bellwether Enterprise.

However, someone has to pay for it and considering that low income housing is in low enough supply as it is, city councils may want to be a little careful how much they burden those trying to bring the product to the market.

The full public-focused story, including links to the proposed ordinance and the full take from Pendleton, Vukovich and others is available at MHLivingNews at this link here. ##

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Official wants Mandated Amenities for MH Communities

October 14th, 2016 Comments off
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Cactus Rose MH Park. Credit: KUT.

Communities in and around Austin, TX have been a hotbed for discussions about affordablity and manufactured housing over the last few months.

According to KUT, Austin City Council member Pio Renteria recently visited some of his constituents at a manufactured home community and was shocked by what he saw.

When I went down there I said, ‘my goodness, there’s no rec centers,‘” Renteria told KUT. “There’s nothing there for the kids. They’re just running around, and when I inquired with one of my policy aides, she said, ‘yeah the laundry room is the recreational center.’

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Pio Renteria. Credit: Austin City Council.

Renteria has penned an ordinance that would require all new mobile home developments to include a playground and at least one other recreational space. The proposed ordinance would also require space for a community garden in both new and existing communities.

There’s huge mobile home parks now being built all along the Eastern Crescent, on the border of the city,” he said.This is a little urgent now because there are so many in the pipeline.

A View from the Manufactured Home Industry

D.J. Pendleton, Executive Director of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) provided his thoughts on Renteria’s proposed ordinance in his commentary on the MHProNews Industry Voices Blog.

This just seems like yet another city overreach with an idea that has not yet been thoroughly thought out as to its practical impact,” said Pendleton.

And it is once again, the singling out of manufactured home communities compared to other housing options.”

As the Daily Business News and MHLivingNews have covered here and here, misconceptions about manufactured housing have led to NIMBY-ism (Not-In-My-Back-Yard.)

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Notice there is no proposal to mandate vegetable gardens in multi-family housing, or even in other single-family neighborhoods in Austin,” said Pendleton.

Pendleton also shared that he’s all for community owners investing in upgrades and tenant amenities to improve their communities as they see fit. Improving and upkeep takes financial resources, which are inevitably passed on to the residents. While that’s the case, items that Renteria proposes confuse him.

I’m confused by the Council Member Renteria’s quote of,There’s huge mobile home parks now being built all along the Eastern Crescent, on the border of the city.’ ‘This is a little urgent now because there are so many in the pipeline.’” 

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One of Robert’s Resorts communities in TX.

Pendleton continued by saying, “I know Scott Roberts got a rezoning approval for the construction of a new community, but the quote gives the implication there are tons of parks under development.  I’d of course love it if that were actually the case, but other than Robert’s Resorts, I’m not aware of any.

In fact, the city just turned down a request to allow for a new community to be developed after neighbors showed up to oppose it.

Pendleton also calls the lack of logistical details in the ordinance into question.

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Video and this still from Roberts Resorts are from an exclusive interview, A Cup of Coffee with Scott Roberts of Roberts Resorts, with more photos and videos – linked here.

The vote on this proposal was delayed.

Daily Business News will continue to monitor this story.  Pendleton’s commentary and more related information are found, linked here.##

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Nominations Open for Texas MHA Board of Directors

June 8th, 2016 Comments off

texas_mhaThe Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) informs MHProNews that it is now accepting nominations for the TMHA Board of Directors. Nominations will be accepted until June 17, 2016. For a nomination form contact caitlin@texasmha.com ##

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Texas City would Restrict Manufactured Housing to under 20 Years

April 18th, 2016 Comments off

manufactured_home__george_west_texas__kristv.com__crditFollowing a story MHProNews last posted July 22, 2015 regarding the Huntsville (TX) City Council attempt to prohibit manufactured homes (MH) inside the city, the council will consider two ordinances relating to manufactured homes at their meeting Tue., April 19, 2016, according to itemonline.

Previously, when the city council was going to ban new MH, Texas Manufactured Housing Association Executive Director D. J. Pendleton documented to the council that 843 MH had been sold to people with Huntsville addresses from 2011 to 2014, causing them to back off.

The new ordinance would prevent any MH older than 20 years from siting in the city, including in MHCs, although existing homes would be grandfathered in. However, if the owner upgrades, the replacement home cannot be more than 20 years old, and it must have outdoor storage.

Additionally, the ordinance requires that manufactured home communities (MHCs) conform to the same standards as any subdivision, and mandates that new standards be developed for MH home sites.

Under a proposed ordinance to the development code, recreational vehicles (RVs) could no longer be used as permanent residences within the city limits, although existing RVs so used would be grandfathered in.

As for existing MH under the new ordinance, they would all need to be skirted regardless of age. MHCs must have: a buffer zone around the community; paved impervious road surfaces to allow for emergency vehicles; screening around any dumpster area; and improve the utility infrastructure for safety reasons.

The Tue. meeting will also be the first reading of the proposed ordinances as well as a public hearing. No action will be taken unless a motion is made to waive the first reading rule and be approved by a majority vote. ##

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D.J. Pendleton: Texas Races are Hot—but Get Out and Vote Regardless

March 1st, 2016 Comments off

dj_pendleton__credit__mhpronewsNoting that his energy runs high on Election Day, Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) Executive Director D. J. Pendleton tells MHProNews the state races in Texas are just as interesting as the national races. Tea Party candidates are challenging long-time incumbents, and recently elected Tea Party legislators are being challenged by moderate Republicans.

He says, I’ll also be closely watching the strategy employed in some races to stack the ballot in an effort to prevent the incumbent from getting over 50 percent of the vote to then force a runoff election where the voter turnout tends to be much different than on a normal election day.”

The 1.1 million early votes cast is about double the number cast in 2012, with a 65 Republican vote split to 45 percent Democrat, writes Pendleton. The secretary of state will release early voting totals as soon as the polls close,

It’s important that you vote. If you do not know your polling place in Texas, click here for the Texas Secretary of State website.

Why is “Super Tuesday” important? It’s the day when 12 states and one U. S. territory hold their nominating contests for the presidential election. “Super” refers to the fact that the largest number of states are holding their contests on the same day.

For the Republicans, 595 delegates are at stake in today’s voting, while the Democrats have 865 delegates who are on the line. Ten of the states are holding Democrat and Republican elections. In another state is the Republican caucus, while one state and American Samoa are holding Democratic caucuses, according to what politico tells MHProNews. ##

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Texas Manufactured Home Sales Statistics

February 16th, 2016 Comments off

Rob Ripperda of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) informs MHProNews the Stat Tracker indicates Texas continues to lead all states in the sales of manufactured homes. The state notched 14,861 total MH sales in 2015 through Nov., 2015. There is a 60-day window for submission of sales, and with the 15-day window allowed for processing, actual numbers are not known for 75 days.

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Here are the annual sales totals through Nov. 2015, processed through Feb 11, 2016.

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Passages: Darla Blanchard

December 8th, 2015 Comments off

Darla_Blanchard__obit__TMHA__creditThe Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) informs MHProNews that long-time TMHA member Darla Blanchard of Lumberton, TX passed away Dec. 6 at age 54 after a long battle with cancer. She and her husband, Tommy, own and operate World Wide Homes in Lumberton. MHProNews sends its deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones. ##

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Multi-section Homes Out Perform Single Section in Texas

November 17th, 2015 Comments off

texas_mha_Aug_2015_MH_sales_new_used_single_multiRob Ripperda of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) tells MHProNews stats for August 2015 indicate new manufactured home titles rose 4.44 percent over last August, and increased 1.69 percent over July, 2015, with multi-section home sales outpacing single section homes.

On the year, multi-section home sales are up 7.18 percent while single section homes dropped -2.38 percent. Mr. Ripperda mentions that at a recent meeting he spoke with industry members who said multiple plants are expanding their manufacturing capabilities. He also stated initial results for September indicate new titles were up over September of 2014, and that shipments in Sept. outpaced August.

TMHA allows 75 days after the end of the month for statistics to clear retailer records and processing. Texas routinely receives more shipments of new manufactured homes than any other state, far above Louisiana, which is in second place. ##

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Modular Building Raising the Roof One Floor; MH Related Bills that were Checked

September 2nd, 2015 Comments off

texas_mhaThe Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) informs MHProNews that both houses of the legislature voted to allow modular buildings and housing to be built four stories high, or 60 feet. Several of TMHA’s members expressed an interest in building modular hotels, multi-family and assisted living facilities in order to compete with other builders. Originally, modular buildings could only go a high as three stories. The governor signed the bill and it took effect Sept. 1, 2015.

In the legislation-that-did-not pass department, Sen. Lucio filed three bills that addressed replacing unsafe and uninhabitable housing. The goal was to identify unsafe homes and subsidize the demolishing and replacement of those homes, using sales tax revenue from the sale of manufactured homes as the funding source. Currently, the sale of manufactured homes (MH) generates approximately $17 million a year.

One of the bills would have targeted half the funds to replace the unsafe homes with MH, while another allowed all forms of housing as a replacement option.

Monthly figures from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) indicate Texas is far-and-away the number one shipment state for MH. ##

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Seeking Problems/Success Stories with Siting Manufactured Homes in Texas

July 29th, 2015 Comments off

texas_mhaIn the wake of the story MHProNews posted July 22, 2015 regarding the city council of Huntsville, Texas changing its mind to allow manufactured homes (MH) within the city limits after first denying their placement, Executive Director D. J. Pendleton of the Texas Manufactured Housing Association (TMHA) has issued a call for other cities that have experienced anti-MH ordinances.

In the Huntsville case, remonstrators appeared at the city council meeting and convinced the council members to allow MH within the city limits. Noting he wants to cast the widest net possible, Pendleton is asking for any and all instances of city ordinances, inspectors, permitting offices, et al, standing in the way of siting MH, or in any way restricting their siting, whether the battles were won or lost, including stories from members and non-members of TMHA.

With the intent to use this information as the basis for policy discussions and future actions, he says, “I need your input if you think a city, in the absence of the manufactured housing prohibition, would be a market you would be able to serve and provide housing options to residents. I want to hear about cities where you once sold homes into, but then they enacted an ordinance prohibiting manufactured homes and what that impact was and when it was enacted.

Contact him at dpendleton@texasmha.com As you may know, Texas far and away is the state with the largest shipments of manufactured homes. ##

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