The first request to install a prefabricated home on a lot in Davis County under the county's year-old manufactured-housing ordinance was denied Thursday by the County Planning Commission.
The ordinance allows manufactured housing units that meet stringent provisions on construction, appearance and size to be placed in areas where they will not decrease the land value of surrounding property.After some reluctance from the planning staff and commission members, the ordinance was drafted and passed by the commission in April 1988. It was requested by Linda Kay, a manufactured-housing sales representative who wanted to put a prefabricated home on her lot on 1525 West and Burke Lane in West Farmington.
After successfully convincing the commission the county should allow manufactured-housing units, Kay never applied for a zoning overlay to install a unit, instead selling her lot to Alissa Blake.
Blake filed the application but did not attend Thursday's Planning Commission meeting.
Planning staff member Barry Burton Thursday said he initially opposed allowing manufactured housing in the county because it is constructed to building codes drafted by the federal Housing and Urban Development agency rather than the stricter Universal Building Code, used for site-built homes.
But his research into the issue, including inspection of the units, convinced him they could be located in the county without affecting property values, Burton said, recommending approval of the Blake application.
The Blakes applied to install a 1,500-square-foot, 60- by 26-foot unit in two sections on the property, Burton said.
Two adjacent property owners protested the application during the public hearing, arguing installation of the unit would negatively affect their property values.
Property owner Mike Romney also questioned whether the HUD-standard homes could withstand the strong east winds that lash the area, frequently topping 100 mph. Kay's mobile home on the lot was rolled over twice during a siege of canyon winds in 1987.
The commission members appeared unenthusiastic about the application, finally voting it down 3-1. The denial led Burton to question whether the manufactured-housing ordinance should be kept on the books.
"There aren't many other suitable areas in the county, and if not here, then where?
"And if not anywhere, why keep the ordinance? All it will do is raise false hopes for people who come in with an application," Burton said. "I'd like some guidance on the issue because I'm the one that has to stand on the other side of the counter and talk to them."