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Sec. 15(A)(103).  Definitions.
Whenever used in this chapter, the following words shall have the meaning indicated, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
a) “Mobile home” means a transportable housing unit built prior to June 1, 1976, designed to be towed
on its own chassis (comprised of frame and wheels), and designed to be connected to utilities for year-round occupancy and long-term residential use that was wholly, or in substantial part, made, fabricated, formed or assembled in manufacturing facilities for installation or assembly and installation on a building site. The term includes:
(1) Units containing parts that may be folded, collapsed or telescoped when being towed and that may be expanded to provide additional cubic capacity, and
(2) Units composed of two (2) or more separately towable components designed to be joined into one (1) integral unit capable of being separated again into the components for repeated towing.
These units were built prior to enactment of the Federal Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. § 5401 et seq., effective on June 1, 1976), and were usually built to the voluntary industry standard of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – A119.1 Standards for Mobile Homes.
b) “Manufactured home” means a building unit or assembly of closed construction fabricated in an off-site facility, which conforms to the federal construction and safety standards established by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development pursuant to the “Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974,” effective June 1, 1976, and that has a label or tag permanently affixed to it certifying compliance with all applicable federal construction and safety standards.
b) “Mobile home park” means any park, trailer park, trailer court, camp, site, lot, parcel or tract of land
designed;, maintained or intended for the use of supplying a location or accommodation for two (2) or more mobile homes, and upon which such mobile homes are parked permanently or temporarily, and shall include all buildings and utilities used or intended for use as part of the equipment thereof,
whether a charge is made for the use of the trailer park and its facilities or not.  “Mobile home park”
shall not include travel trailer parks or trailer sales lots.
Sec. 15(A)(104).  Location outside existing parks.
a)  Except as otherwise provided, it shall be unlawful within the limits of the city, to park any mobile home or travel trailer on any street, alley or highway, or other public place, or on any tract of land owned by any person occupied or unoccupied within the city except for persons now having located on his premises, pursuant to a valid permit previously granted and except as provided in this article.
b) No person shall park or occupy any mobile home or travel trailer on the premises of any occupied dwelling or on any lot which is not a part of the premises of any occupied dwelling, either of which is situated outside an approved mobile home park or travel trailer campground; except the parking of only one (1) unoccupied travel trailer on private property is permitted provided no living quarters shall be maintained or any business practiced in the travel trailer while so parked or stored.  Temporary parking of an occupied travel trailer for a period not to exceed seven (7) consecutive days is permitted on private property.
c)  The single-family manufactured home shall be placed on a permanent foundation and shall be installed pursuant to the manufacturer’s installation instructions and in compliance with the rules and regulations of the West Virginia Manufactured Housing construction and Safety board established by West Virginia Code 21-9 and regulations approved there under. All single-family homes are required to have perimeter fascia enclosure constructed of compatible masonry material that enclosed the perimeter of the home.
All tow bars, wheels, and axles shall be removed when the dwelling is installed on the residential lot, as a permanent structure which is not suited to relocation.
d) The permit officer may approve deviations from one or more of the standards on the basis of written findings that the architectural style proposed provides compensating design features and that the proposed structure will be compatible and harmonious with existing structures in the vicinity. The determination of the permit officer may be appealed to the Board of Appeals which is the Town Council.
e). A mobile home, as defined by this Ordinance, shall be prohibited unless it complies with the following regulations:
1) The standards outlined in this section
2) Placement in an approved mobile home park
3) All homes shall be connected to the appropriate utilities.
f) All housing shall be placed on a lot of record and shall be the only residence on the lot of record unless the site has been approved for multifamily usage.
g) All housing must comply with all of the other provisions of this ordinance.
h) The Board of Appeals, the Town Council, is empowered to hear or grant variances to this section of the ordinance.
Date of First Reading: February 13, 2017
Date of Second Reading: February 27, 2017.