Mobile home park managers said they appreciate the Harker Heights City Council’s 4-1 Tuesday vote to allow mobile home parks to apply for planned development permits, which could allow more design flexibility and tighten the 35-foot spacing requirement between new units.
Country Squire Mobile Home Park General Manager Tamara Morris said she is planning with other managers to install new homes and upgrade sewer, water, fencing and landscaping, if developer Kip Lewis gets a permit.
“Instead of an eyesore, it’s going to be a very beautiful community,” she said. “We need to utilize every lot in our community to make it the biggest and best we can make it.”
Broken Bow Mobile Home Park owner Mary Horn doesn’t plan to add any mobile homes, but isn’t ruling it out, she said.
“(The amendment) will set a precedent for all mobile home parks,” she said. “There is a place for them in Harker Heights.”
Planning and Development Director Fred Morris said many mobile home parks removed two units to install one.
Mayor Pro Tem Rob Robinson questioned the amendment.
Compared with zoned mobile home parks, planned developments will allow the city to have more input in the types of homes that go in, Morris said.
“The downside of it is that we will prolong that land use as a mobile home park,” he said. “I’m not sure the reasoning behind adopting the standards that are in place right now. ... But it appears to put a damper on the expansion of mobile home parks and possibly the transition to a different type of use if we allow the replacement. We’re stabilizing that for awhile.”
Some mobile home parks sit empty and others are dilapidated, said City Manager Steve Carpenter. Permits can raise maintenance standards.
The Planning and Zoning Commission and council must approve any permit.
Councilman Pat Christ cast the only dissenting vote.
“I’m just afraid we’re kicking the can down the road,” he said. “If we actually want to change the property use in any fashion, this will prevent it from happening.”