Mobile home zoning due for final action

The Oak Harbor City Council will vote on a measure Tuesday night to permanently change the city’s Manufactured Home Park Code.

If approved, the amendments would allow manufactured homes in a greater number of residential areas, but with more restrictions than originally proposed.

On April 21 the council voted 4-1 to approve a set of temporary amendments to the Oak Harbor Municipal Code that allowed manufactured homes in all residential areas within city limits. Since then, the interim amendments have been in place. The council OK’ed the changes in an effort to simplify the process of creating affordable housing in North Whidbey.

Prior to the council’s April 21 decision, manufactured homes were not allowed in single or multiple-family residential zones, referred to as R-1 and R-2. According to this transitory group of amendments, manufactured homes will be allowed in all residential zones. The interim code also allowed for more units per acre in single-family residential zones: a maximum of eight units per acre instead of six, according to the temporary code revisions.

After reviewing the new information, the planning commission members decided to forward a recommendation to the city council to approve an amended version of the temporary bill. The amendments to the temporary ordinance only allow manufactured home subdivisions on R-1, or residential single family-zoned lots. Manufactured home parks will be allowed in the remaining residential areas.

The planning commission also clarified the number of units allowed per acre, which was a point of contention at a previous council meeting. Only city-owned and nonprofit owned land can carry eight units per acre. All other land can only have six units per acre.

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