Pa. Mobile Home Park May Let in Some RVs
In a decision that caused controversy among those present, the Woodward Township supervisors near Linden, Pa., passed an amendment to the trailer park ordinance that will limit the number of recreational vehicles permitted in a mobile home park to 20 percent of the park's overall number of pads.
The ordinance is an amendment to another ordinance recently passed, which allowed for some pads at trailer parks to be used by recreational vehicles. It allows for those in the area temporarily, such as gas and oil field workers, to rent a recreational vehicle and place it at a mobile home park, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette reported.
The intention of the original ordinance was to help out, rather than hinder, trailer park owners, explained Vice Chairman Alan Worth. He added that the new amendment was meant to provide clarification.
"The idea was to try and get some of these empty lots filled, but it seems like some parks are taking advantage of this new ordinance," Worth said.
The new amendment states, "at any given time, no more than 20 percent of any mobile home park's approved pads may be utilized by a recreational vehicle" and adds that the ordinance "should not be interpreted to allow a recreational vehicle to be used year round as a permanent, rather than a seasonal residence."
"I don't come in and try to tell you how to run your business, why are you trying to tell me how to run my park," asked park owner James Liberti, who objected to the 20 percent cap.
"Should I just let these lots sit empty? Nobody can get financing to put a mobile home into a park right now, the banks aren't doing that," Liberti added.
Dan Ogden was in support of the amendment.
"There are an awful lot of people here who are taking advantages of the services in this town without having to pay taxes, and that really frustrates me," Ogden said.
Ogden added that the new ordinance would need to be strictly enforced, as he could think of several parks already in violation.
"It seems like park owners are taking out mobile homes and putting in RVs instead. We didn't want to turn all the mobile home parks into RV parks; that isn't what was intended," Worth said.