On a split vote, the Davis County Commission Monday turned down a request to allow installation of a home under the county's new manufactured housing ordinance.
On a 2-1 vote, the commission denied a request by property owner Alicia Blake to install the home on her half-acre lot on 1525 West in the unincorporated area of Davis County.In denying the request, the commission backed the decision made last month by the county planning commission, which also turned down Blake's request. The planning staff had recommended the rezoning, saying it fits the criteria written into the county's manufactured housing ordinance.
At Monday's public hearing, Blake told the commission that manufactured housing is less expensive than site-built housing because it is built to federal Housing and Urban Development standards rather than the more demanding Universal Building Code standards.
But manufactured housing is higher quality than a mobile home, Blake said, and in appearance is closer to modular housing than a mobile home. Installed on a permanent foundation, landscaped and properly maintained, manufactured housing appreciates in value like site-built homes, she said.
"This increases in value, it's not just a trailer sitting out there," Blake said of the 1,600-square-foot, double-wide unit she has purchased. "I'm not putting a little tiny trailer out there. It's a real, live house."
Mike Romney, who owns one of two nearby homes, challenged Blake's assertion, saying manufactured housing is little more than a mobile home built to HUD standards.
Allowing one such house will open the door to pressure from dealers to install more, adversely affecting property values, Romney said.
Commissioner William "Dub" Lawrence moved to grant the rezone, saying a segment of the county's population needs access to low-cost housing and he is reluctant to dictate what a property owner can do on his land. His motion, however, died for lack of a second.
Commissioner Gayle Stevenson moved to deny the rezone request, saying he is concerned about setting a precedent to allow manufactured housing in that area and the commission should back the decision of the planning commission.
His motion passed, supported by commission chairman William Peters with Lawrence casting the dissenting vote.