San Jose Looks at Conversion Ordinance

Downtown San Jose, Photo by Eric MillerFrom San Jose and the Mercury News, learns that the city council is reviewing the conversion process of manufactured housing communities to other uses to “better prepare for the possibility in the future.” According to the report, five mobile home parks have closed since the original conversion ordinance was written in 1987. The city studied the process with the intent of balancing the needs of community owners and residents. It’s the policy to maintain about 400 acres of mobile home space under the land-use designation. If a conversion means falling under that number, the council members decide whether to refuse a park owner’s conversion request. Douglas Johnson, regional representative of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association, commented that Ninety-three percent of cities with mobile home parks in the state do not have a conversion ordinance.

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