County proposes standards for manufactured homes

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

A new state law says zoning ordinances can't restrict manufactured homes from any residential zone district, according to Vickie Sewell, county planning director.

However, the law allows for local governments to adopt compatibility standards so the manufactured home "can better blend into an existing single-family neighborhood," Sewell said.

Franklin County Fiscal Court, in Friday's meeting, presented the first reading of a zoning ordinance relating to adopting compatibility standards for qualified manufactured homes in Franklin County subdivisions.

The text amendment to the ordinance comes from a law enacted in 2002 that took effect in July 2003.

Fiscal Court won't vote on the issue until after the second reading.

Magistrate Howard Dawson said the state mandate "concerns me greatly that manufactured homes can now be permitted to go in conventional subdivisions. If you put one in a substandard subdivision, you have problems. When you put one in our newer developments, you're going to create some real serious problems. I guarantee you we will be hearing about it from people who have bought single-family homes."

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