Manufactured housing would be allowed in Davis County under a new ordinance proposed at the request of a resident who wants to put a prefabricated unit on her property.

But the ordinance as recommended by the Davis County Planning Commission contains stringent provisions regulating where the units can be placed, type of construction and even appearance.The ordinance was passed by the Planning Commission and referred to the county commissioners. If the commission considers implementing it, a public hearing will be held before its passage.

Planning department staff members have been studying the request, made by west Farmington property owner Linda Kay, for about six months, examining the county's ordinances and those of other cities and counties that allow the units.

In making her request, Kay who works for a manufactured housing dealer said the units are far different than those built in the past and have shed their reputation and image as poorly constructed trailers or mobile homes.

Kay had a double-wide mobile home on her property but lost it when it rolled over during a windstorm in 1987. She told the Planning Commission she first wanted to replace it with a log home but found she couldn't afford one. So she decided on a manufactured home, only to find the county didn't allow them.

Planner Barry Burton told the commission that although the new ordinance allows manufactured housing units, it limits them to the A-1 and A-5 zones and an M-H (manufactured housing) overlay zone will have to be granted before the unit can be brought in.

Getting approval for the overlay zone requires an application to the Planning Commission, and then a public hearing would be held where potential neighbors and others affected would have an opportunity to state their opposition or support.

Burton noted that some of the county's most affluent and exclusive housing is in the rural, unincorporated areas of the county and will be most affected by manufactured housing overlay zones.

The ordinance stipulates that the units' construction must meet standards set by the federal Housing and Urban Development agency, which means no units built before 1976 can be installed.

The ordinance also requires that the homes be mounted on a permanent foundation and that other construction meet all required building codes. The units must be double-wide. The ordinance also allows the county to set appearance standards for siding, roofing, and roofing pitch.

Although the ordinance was ready for approval at the March planning commission meeting, Kay asked that it be delayed for a month so a manufactured housing association attorney could review it.

Burton said the ordinance was forwarded to the attorney but he heard nothing back from him and recommended the commission approve it.