Council ready to open city to manufactured homes


CORDOVA — Cordova City Council members voted Tuesday night to start the process of removing restrictions on manufactured homes that have been in place since 2008.

Council members adopted a resolution that petitions for an amendment to the city's zoning ordinance, specifically as it pertains to manufactured housing.

City attorney Ben Goldman went over the changes in detail with the council, which passed the resolution unanimously without discussion. 

A new ordinance, which could be adopted as early as late July after several legal steps have been completed, would allow manufactured homes as supplemental use in residential zones R2 and R3. A map prepared for council members shows the change would essentially open most of the city to manufactured homes that are multi-sectioned, are at least five years old or newer at the time of installation and meet certain roof pitch requirements.

A zoning ordinance enacted in 2008 provided for multi-sectioned mobile homes to be placed in four areas of the city. Enforcement of the ordinance sparked controversy following the 2011 tornadoes because it banned the single-wide trailers issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Goldman informed the council that Tuesday's decision was the first step in a somewhat lengthy process.

No action will be taken for at least 30 days. After that time, the Cordova Planning Commission will take up the petition, hold a public hearing and make a recommendation to the council. 

"If the Planning Commission doesn't act at their first meeting, it could get delayed," Goldman said.

After the recommendation is made, the issue will return to the council, which will hold its own public hearing. Assuming the Planning Commission takes immediate action, the earliest a vote could be held is on July 27, and that would require unanimous consent to move forward without holding a first reading of the proposed ordinance.

In other action, the council authorized Mayor Jeremy Pate to accept a donation of two parcels of land, one near Disney Lake and one on Nation Street. Goldman said a title search has been ordered but has not yet been completed. 

The council also hired InSite Engineering to serve as the engineering firm for grants that the city is seeking for sewer improvements and other projects and hired Community Consultants to administer the grants.

In addition, the council voted to allow the Cordova Economic and Industrial Development Authority to use the new pavilion during the July 4 Bash, which will be held on Saturday, July 3.

Pate said city leaders only recently learned that CEIDA does not own the property, though it is expected to be donated to the board at a future meeting.