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E-M:/ manufactured housing
In my response to Laura (and others on these
lists) I forgot to clarify what, at least 2 of the bills are attempting to do,
so I will do that now.
One bill (don't have any numbers yet) would
"send financial aid to school district dealing with enrollment increases
from new manufactured home developments" (note: nothing said about those
schools struggling now with the new developments, I guess we will simply pass
bonds to build new schools for this growth....another piece of farmland
bites the dust). The second piece is probably the most important, it will
"add more local government representation on the state Manufactured Housing
Commission, which oversees state regulators. The 11 member commission,
appointed by the governor, sets construction rules and other guidelines for
manufactured homes,and rules on "disputes"(added quotation, dispute
would indicate that both sides are heard and given credence to, this rarely
happens- the developer generally wins) between developer and local
governments.By law it includes one locally elected official and five industry
reps. Critics say that gives the industry too much influence."
I really hope people get involved on this issue,
it won't be changed if only residents who are battling a mobile home developer
right now are the only ones to speak out.
Again, I think environmental organizations can
do a lot to make in-roads on this. The Sierra club is another group that
would be able to reach their members and ask them to contact their
representative, as well as Rep. Garcia, and Scranton. I know they are
making sprawl a concern of theirs.
Communities that are hit with these should be nominated as the
"poster child" of sprawl.
I will keep you posted on this.