• July 28, 2014

Most Killeen trailer parks not up to current code

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Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 4:30 am

Killeen has 22 licensed mobile home parks, but only one of them meets the city’s current ordinance that regulates the distance between structures.

Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman, said 21 of the 22 mobile home parks in Killeen are grandfathered in because they existed before the current ordinance was enacted.

Bruce Ebbert, chief building inspector, said the current regulations were put into effect in 1966.

Summerfield Mobile Home Park was constructed in 1997, and is the only park in the city that meets regulations.

“The others were constructed prior to the ordinance or annexed into the city,” Ebbert said.

The regulations limit the number of mobile homes to 10 per acre and call for 25 feet between structures and 10 feet between the ends of structures.

Ebbert said the ordinance was enacted to ensure the structures are an adequate amount apart from one another in the event of a fire. He said there aren’t any records available regarding provisions prior to 1966.

“Grandfathered mobile home parks may move homes in and out or relocate homes onto the park’s existing site pads,” Ebbert said.

“However, no expansion of the park boundaries, or increase in the number of site pads are allowed without compliance to the rules and regulations in place.”

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