Oil & Gas Workers in RVs Good for Mobile Home Park
The newly revised mobile home park ordinance for Williamsport, Pa., came under discussion again at Wednesday night's (Feb. 15) meeting of the Woodward Township supervisors.
The ordinance recently was amended to allow recreational vehicles in mobile home parks as long as they sit on a cement pad. The adjustment was made because gas and oil field workers are more likely to use a recreational vehicle for their housing, rather than make the investment in a mobile home, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported.
James W. Carpenter, owner of Carpenter's Mobile Home Park, said the gas and oil field workers have been good for his business.
"Right now I have one vacant lot, but before the gas people started showing up with campers about a year ago, I had about 10 empty lots. The mobile home business for parks is bad right now," he said
"Originally, the mobile home park ordinance didn't allow for campers," Carpenter added. "It was a bit of a fight, but we finally got that amended."
According to Carpenter, some local mobile home parks have been throwing out regular tenants to make room for gas workers with recreational vehicles.
"What we wanted to do with this ordinance was alleviate some of the housing issues with the gas and oil field workers, but as the amendment stands right now it's easily abused," Supervisor Allan Worth said.
"I don't want to turn the mobile home parks into RV parks," he added.
The supervisors discussed the possibility of adding a cap onto how many recreational vehicles are permitted in a mobile home park. "I'm thinking something like 20 percent of the lots; just to throw a number out there," Worth said.
"Twenty percent doesn't make sense if you've got empty lots. I don't intend to turn my park into a campground, but I need to fill the space I have," Carpenter said.
"I'm just trying to pay my bills," he added.