Plan­ners OK man­u­fac­tured home amend­ments

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael Burch­fiel Staff Writer mburch­fiel@nwadg.com ■

An or­di­nance that would over­haul Siloam Springs’ man­u­fac­tured home de­vel­op­ment code is one step closer to ap­proval af­ter plan­ners rec­om­mended ap­proval by the Board of Di­rec­tors on Tues­day. This week’s Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion meet­ing fea­tured an agenda with a sin­gle item that con­tained an ar­ray of amend­ments to the city code on man­u­fac­tured homes.

In May, a pre­lim­i­nary plat per­mit re­quest for a man­u­fac­tured home de­vel­op­ment at the south­ern edge of city lim­its led staff to re­al­ize it had been around 20 years since the city’s man­u­fac­tured home de­vel­op­ment code was last up­dated, said Se­nior Plan­ner Ben Rhoads. City staff ex­am­ined other city or­di­nances to get ideas for the code up­date, Rhoads said.

If the suite of code amend­ments are ap­proved, man­u­fac­tured home devel­op­ments will be es­tab­lished by spe­cial use per­mit only, which re­quires ex­tra over­sight by the Board of Di­rec­tors. The code amend­ments would also in­tro­duce up­dated def­i­ni­tions, sim­pli­fied set­back re­quire­ments, ad­dress add-ons like porches or lean-tos, and re­quire a build­ing per­mit to be is­sued in or­der to set a home in place.

Dur­ing the pub­lic com­ments por­tion of the meet­ing, Ron Homeyer, who was the civil en­gi­neer rep­re­sent­ing the man­u­fac­tured home de­vel­op­ment that was pro­posed in May, spoke about some prob­lems he saw with the amend­ments.

Sev­eral of the amend­ment’s pro­vi­sions are stricter for man­u­fac­tured home devel­op­ments than for other res­i­den­tial devel­op­ments, Homeyer said.

Sin­gle-fam­ily and mul­tifam­ily devel­op­ments aren’t sub­ject to as strin­gent stan­dards as it re­lates to re­quired open space, fenc­ing and ad­di­tional park­ing, Homeyer said.

“The crux of the is­sue is that we seem to be adding ad­di­tional re­stric­tions to man­u­fac­tured homes that we don’t add to any­thing else, and I don’t un­der­stand why,” Homeyer said.

Homeyer also said that some of the land­scap­ing stan­dards were vague and

I don’t want any­one to think we are against man­u­fac­tured homes. (This) or­di­nance is to re­strict them and make them look neat. Karl Mounger Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion chair­man

would make it dif­fi­cult for de­vel­op­ers.

Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion chair­man Karl Mounger said he thought the specifics should be de­cided dur­ing a project’s ini­tial plan­ning phase. City At­tor­ney Jay Wil­liams in­vited Homeyer to work with city staff to clar­ify lan­guage be­fore the amend­ments are con­sid­ered by the Board of Di­rec­tors later this week.

The city has a zon­ing des­ig­na­tion set aside for man­u­fac­tured home devel­op­ments, des­ig­nated M-H. Rhoads said there were no un­used M-H zones, and any ad­di­tional sites for man­u­fac­tured home devel­op­ments would first need to to re­zoned.

“I don’t want any­one to think we are against man­u­fac­tured homes,” Mounger said. “(This) or­di­nance is to re­strict them and make them look neat.”

Af­ter the Com­mis­sion’s ap­proval on Tues­day, the amend­ments will go to the Board of Di­rec­tors meet­ing on Sept. 19. The amend­ment is on an ac­cel­er­ated sched­ule that would keep it on pace to be ap­proved one day be­fore the city’s mora­to­rium on man­u­fac­tured home devel­op­ments ends, Rhoads said. The amend­ments will be ac­com­pa­nied by a build­ing code amend­ment that re­lates specif­i­cally to man­u­fac­tured homes, but was not sub­ject to con­sid­er­a­tion by com­mis­sion mem­bers.

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