Manufactured Homes Could Help Boost Affordable Housing in Maryland

From Maryland comes a story from Southern Maryland Newspapers Online about plans to increase density in a manufactured home community there. According to a recent report from the county’s Department of Planning and Growth Management, Charles County needs to make more homes available for residents who earn between $30,000 and $60,000 per year. The report says to do that, planning administrators suggested expanding rural village boundaries and densities and offering a new incentive-based floating zone called Affordable Housing Planned Development. Steven Ball, the county’s planning director told the reporter the county has looked at whether or not planned manufactured homes should be allowed outside a development district. When the county first adopted its zoning ordinance, the existing [pre-HUD Code] mobile homes were inventoried and grandfathered-in as allowed nonconforming uses. Any new communities must be cited as compatible with and meet the purposes of that particular planned manufactured home floating zone.

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