Court Ruling Favors Neighborhood over Modular Homes

SavannahNow reports an improperly subdivided lot cannot be sited with a modular home, according to Chatham County Superior Court Judge Michael Karpf. John Barr, Jr.’s, petition to site modular homes in Tybee Islands Eagles Nest neighborhood was denied because his son, the original property owner, violated a 2001 zoning ordinance. The city zoning manager, who later resigned, had given permission to subdivide the property; the city zoning map had not been updated to enforce the 2001 regulation; and Barr had received a verbal OK from a different city zoning staff member to site a modular home on each of the two parcels of the property, one of which had been sold. The city subsequently forced Barr to remove the homes after neighbors complained. Judge Karpf ruled Barr’s son should have read the 2001 ordinance that prohibited the smaller lot size. Barr had sought over $200,000 in damages, and plans to appeal. Tybee Island is the eastern-most tip of Georgia, fronting on the Atlantic Ocean.

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