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Mobile Home Zoning Bill

Updated: Monday, April 15 2013, 07:55 AM EDT

A new bill in Raleigh will strip North Carolina of its right to restrict where mobile homes can be built. If passed, the legislation will override current zoning laws in communities that don't allow manufactured homes.

The bill is being sponsored by Representative Nathan Ramsey of Buncombe County. Ramsey says the legislation will help fill the need for affordable housing in North Carolina. The bill only applies to single family homes, not mobile home parks. Some constituents say they're worried it could affect property value.

In the measure, counties won't be able to add or enforce zoning regulations that will prevent someone from putting a manufactured home in a residential area. Exemptions will be made for historic neighborhoods or ones with pre-established regulations.

Right now, only 10 percent of Buncombe County has mobile home restrictions. The Beaverdam community is one of them. Neighbors there say they don't think the new legislation is a good idea.

The Buncombe County commissioners discussed the bill during a meeting Friday. Chairman David Gantt says he understands the need for more affordable housing, but has mixed feelings about it.

The legislature is expected to vote on the bill in the next few weeks.

By Emma Wright
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Mobile Home Zoning Bill

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