We built a small park in 1973. It only has 4 lots and they are 50‘x100‘ lots. Originally the idea was to only rent lots but over time we bought 2 of the homes and bought 2 others and had them moved in ourselves. The surrounding 35 acre area includes 3 other mobile home parks, an RV park, while the rest are private owned 1/2 acre lots with mobile homes.
Since 1973 we have been listed as a mobile home park with the county, have permits with the county health department and pay for annual inspections and have for years now. In 1973 the city did not have an inspection department. The last 2 trailers we moved in were permitted and inspected by the city as by then they had their own inspection department. . Another had an addition added to it and was permitted and inspected.
For the past 6 months developer has been trying to assemble all the properties within the 35 acres and obviously the city wants us out. As of now only a 1/4 of the people have agreed to sell and the others are adamant they have no plans to sell. The city has had plans for redevelopment in the area for over 5 years and now says that they cannot find any paperwork where the park itself or any of the trailers were ever permitted and therefore will not allow us to replace any of the trailers.
Are we not grand-fathered in? Can they just change the laws like that or can it be fought?
After several conversations with the head of zoning he agreed to let us replace the trailers but then checked the new set back rules and said we were limited to 35’… We ask about letting a RV rent a lot and he said NO!
Any ideas on what we might be able to do?
WE wanted to replace one because it needs a new roof and the floors are sagging on the outer edges…
PS, The new setbacks are 50’ from the the road to the front of the trailer and 15’ off the property line to the back of the trailer. 10’ between trailers and 4000sq feet per lot.