The Addis Town Council approved the expansion of Myhand Mobile Home Park, and will not require the owners to bring the original portion of the park up to current code. The decision did not come without dissection of the mobile and manufactured home ordinance passed in 2009. The wording of the exemption clause of the mobile home parks ordinance sparked debate and confusion amongst members of the Addis Planning and Zoning Commission and Town Council.
“I don’t think anybody on [Planning and] Zoning wanted to stop what was happening here,” Addis Planning and Zoning board member Ray Lejeune told the council. “I think everybody was okay with what [the owners] are doing we just did not understand the and or clause in there.”
The clause provides an exemption for mobile home parks built before the ordinance went into effect. A mobile home park does not have to meet the minimum standards provided by the law:
(a) In the event that an existing mobile home park is enlarged, the additional area shall comply with this chapter; and/or (b) In the event any portion of an existing mobile home park exempted from the provisions of this chapter is subsequent to the effective date of this chapter improved or remodeled, then the exemption shall no longer apply and the mobile home park shall conform to this chapter.
The Addis Planning and Zoning Commission made a recommendation for approval by the town council, contingent upon owners updating the existing portion of the mobile home park.
Addis Planning and Zoning board member Bonnie Kleinpeter argued Myhand Mobile Home Park could no longer be grandfathered in, as it made improvements when the two lots were separated so the original lot would be five acres, the minimum size for a trailer park under the Addis ordinance passed in 2009.
Attorney Tom Acosta, who was brought in as special counsel by Mayor David Toups, said requiring the owners to update the mobile homes in the original part of the park would violate the exemption clause of the town’s ordinance.
Acosta recommended approval of the expansion without requiring the owners to bring the original portion of Myhand Mobile Home Park up to the standards set in 2009. The council approved the motion made under Acosta’s recommendation. Councilman Rusty Parrish abstained from the vote, noting that he is a mobile home park owner.