Mobile Home Ordinance discussed

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 15, 2007

AHOSKIE – More discussion is scheduled to follow.

Last week, the Ahoskie Town Council added to their agenda and briefly discussed the town’s Mobile Home Ordinance. Councilman Ronald Gatling asked to have the item added to the agenda.

While no action was taken at the Jan. 4 meeting, the door was opened to further address the issue, perhaps as early as the next scheduled meeting scheduled for Feb. 13.

Gatling opened the discussion in regards to the town’s two existing “trailer parks” n one each on Odom and Mitchell streets. Both were in existence prior to the town amending the Mobile Home Ordinance in 1989.

Councilman Gatling wanted to know if the park owners could replace a rental unit under the current town ordinance. Town Manager Tony Hammond responded that it could be done, but there were certain guidelines that had to be met in regards to the overall percentage of damage to the home.

Hammond went on to briefly explain the current ordinance in use by the town. He said in 1989, the town council amended the ordinance from mobile homes to pre-manufactured homes. Those were subdivided into three classes n Class A: a look-a-like structure to a stick-built home; Class B: a doublewide; and Class C: a single-wide that exceeded 40 feet in length and 8 feet in width.

Class A homes are allowed within the town limits in R-10, R-6 and O&I zoning districts. Class B homes are restricted to R-6 districts with a conditional use permit. An R-20 district with a conditional use permit is the lone area where a single-wide home can be located.

After listening to Hammond’s presentation, council members agreed to have the town manager and town attorney, Larry Overton, further study the issue to see if the current Mobile Home Ordinance could be amended.