Thursday, November 17, 2016

Louisiana City Trying to Restrict Modular Housing

The Beauregard Daily News in DeRidder, LA recently published this article about their city council’s approach to restricting new modular homes within the city limits.

The DeRidder City Council recently introduced proposed ordinances that spell out where residents can place modular housing and under what conditions.

The two proposals will be the subject of public hearings on Nov. 28.

One ordinance allows placing of modular homes in Zoning Districts B-1 (transitional business district), R-2 (higher density single family district) and R-3 (multi-family single district).

The other prohibits modular homes in R-1 (single-family residential district) and R-1-A (residential district), where they are currently permitted.

The Planning & Zoning Commission, and hence the council, has been wrestling with the issues of manufactured housing and modular housing for months. Previously, it has outlined where manufactured housing, more commonly known as mobile homes, can be placed.

A modular home is defined as a structure designed for residential occupancy, designed and constructed to standards of the International Residential Code. The proposal stipulates that the term modular home does not include manufactured housing.

A residential modular home must be multi-section, meet square footage requirements, have sloped roofs with overhanging eaves, and be generally within the prevailing exterior appearance of other residences in the neighborhood.

Any proposed modular home location has to be approved by Planning & Zoning and requires a siting permit from the city, and it cannot be placed on a lot on which another residence exists.

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