Manufactured Housing: Regulation, Design Innovations, and Development Options

PAS Report 478

By Welford Sanders

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Many communities have revised their zoning and design regulations affecting manufactured housing to provide an affordable, structurally sound housing alternative that conforms with local aesthetic standards. Design and construction innovations have made it possible to suit a variety of community needs and maintain affordability.

This report is based on a survey of PAS subscribers and case studies of exemplary manufactured housing developments, including the redesign of one older mobile home park. Case studies are illustrated in color, offering views of individual units, streetscapes, and site plans. Sample regulations augment the report.

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July 1, 1998
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Table of Contents

1. Current trends in manufactured housing regulation
The 1996 survey • Public acceptance • Regulatory problems and issues • State statutes and the courts • Enforcement activities

2. Key regulatory issues
Definitions and distinctions • Appearance standards

3. Development standards
Location and permitting requirements • Development standards for new development • Standards for existing development

4. Design innovations
Improving appearance of the single-section home • Revitalization of a manufactured housing community • Two-story units • Manufactured home subdivisions • Land-lease communities • Urban infill • The future

Selected bibliography • Sample manufactured housing provisions • Project directory • American Planning Association Policy Guide on Manufactured Housing • Manufactured housing state associations