Wednesday, July 19, 2000

County bows to law on mobile homes

By Cindi Andrews
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — Warren County commissioners reluctantly agreed Tuesday to abide by a state law that allows manufactured housing anywhere single-family dwellings are permitted.

        Previously, Warren County permitted mobile homes only in parks — of which there are fewer than 10, Planning Director Bob Craig estimated — or on a case-by-case basis under special circumstances.

        Traditional mobile homes still will be confined to those areas.

        But the commissioners agreed by a 3-0 vote to allow manufactured housing that meets safety and aesthetics requirements anywhere.

        “It's going to be very house-like,” Mr. Craig said.

        Commissioners agreed with County Administrator Bob Price's reasoning: “If we do nothing, (manufactured homes) are coming anyway. If we do something, we can somewhat regulate how they come.”

        Prefabricated houses listed as single-family residences in Warren County now must have:

        • A permanent foundation.

        • A standard, pitched roof with shingles and gutters.

        • At least 900 square feet of living space.

        • Siding that has the look of a stick-built house, as conventional housing is called.

        The rules will apply to the five townships under county zoning — Franklin, Turtlecreek, Union, Washington and Harlan.


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