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Southern Shores discusses restriction of manufactured homes

The Southern Shores Planning Board recently for the continued discussion of the town code, particularly as it relates to manufactured homes. There are currently no manufactured homes in Southern Shores and the Planning Board would like to keep it that way.

However, the town is not legally allowed to bar manufactured homes. “But we can restrict the heck out of them,” Chairman Andy Ward said.

According to deputy town manager/planning director Wes Haskett, most of the restrictions of manufactured homes would be aesthetic, related to incorporating deck, steps, roof pitch and covering the foundation.

“We’re certainly stuck with what we’ve got to do on the state level. This board wants to make the regulations as stringent as possible,” Ward continued, though they have never had a permit request for one.

Beyond the aesthetic requirements, manufactured homes would have to comply with the same stringent regulations as any other home in Southern Shores.

Haskett reviewed with the board the other six items related to zoning and subdivision ordinances: performance guarantees, temporary health care structures, protest petitions, signage, minimum size single-family dwellings and creating language for minor subdivisions.

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