HIPC proposes draft definitions of 'manufactured homes'

Thursday, April 8, 2004

The Holiday Island Planning Commission (HIPC) is still working on a draft of its revised building regulations for 2004, and Secretary Myrna Peterson presented some draft definitions Friday.

HIPC's "Regulations for Construction and Residential Habitation" was last revised in June 2001. Since then, the commission has changed its policies or discussed changing its policies on a number of issues. Sign dimensions, log homes, fencing and covenant enforcement are some of these issues.

The commission has recently discussed changing the definitions in Sections II and III on manufactured, modular and mobile homes.

After doing some research on the internet, commissioners found there are definitions commonly in use, and are considering incorporating them into its revised regulations for 2004.

Where the 2001 regulations list mobile and modular homes separately, it is proposed the new draft list "manufactured homes" as a general category including mobile and modular homes, which are factory-built.

"Mobile home" is defined as a home that is built on a non-removable steel chassis and transported as a complete unit to the building lot.

"Modular home" is defined as a home that is built in a factory in sections, transported in sections, and assembled at the building lot.

In either case, these types of homes are restricted to Units 1 and 2.

The commission has also recently discussed log home kits, which do not fall under these definitions.

Commissioners noted log home kits are more like traditional stick-built homes. Although HIPC has allowed log homes since 2001, commissioners noted there are no federal or state requirements governing such construction.

The revised regulations for 2004 have been in process since last September. Until the new draft is approved, the 2001 document applies, unless a more recent resolution has been passed on a specific issue.

In its business Friday, HIPC issued three permits and two non-permit approvals.

Chuck Boheneck applied for a permit to build a 1,248-square-foot house at 6 Larkspur Lane. Permit #1970 was approved for 180 days.

Todd Rogers applied for a permit to build a 1,653-square-foot house at 21 Cherokee Lane. Permit #1971 was approved for 180 days.

Don Hoppe, Jr. applied for a permit to enclose and enlarge a carport into a 288-square-foot, three-car garage for owner Jack Kelley at 2 Wild Turkey Drive. Permit #1972 was approved for 90 days.

Builder Jim Duffy requested an extension on Permit #1947 for house construction at 5 Mission Hills Lane on behalf of owners Gary and Eileen Cox. A 30-day extension was approved.

Chuck Faden received approval to place a wooden storage shed on his lot at 14 Holiday Island Drive. He is going to place the shed on an existing concrete driveway.

The commission meets every Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the Park next to Wade Williams' office at Holiday Island. Requests are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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