MANUFACTURED HOME PARKS

ORDINANCE NO. 2001-39

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.0 PURPOSE
2.0 DEFINITIONS
3.0 PERMITS
3.1 General
3.2 Permit Required
3.3 Application Requirements
3.4 Permit Fee for New or Additions to Existing Parks
3.5 Issuance of Permit
3.6 Denial of Permit; Hearing
4.0 LICENSES
4.1 License Required
4.2 Application for Original License
4.3 Hearing Granted Applicants
4.4 Application for License Renewal
4.5 License Fee
4.6 Transfer of License
4.7 Violation Notices, Suspension of License
4.8 Temporary License
5.0 INSPECTION
5.1 Inspections Required
5.2 Entry on Premises
5.3 Inspection of Register
5.4 Duty of Occupants
6.0 NOTICES, HEARINGS, AND ORDERS
6.1 Notice of Violations; Requirements of Notice
6.2 Appeal of Building Official's Denial of Permit
6.3 Appeal of Notice Issued by Building Official
6.4 Hearing Order
6.5 Order Without Notice
7.0 MANUFACTURED HOME PARKS
7.1 Site Plan Plating Requirements
7.2 Site Requirements
7.3 Soil and Ground Cover
7.4 Drainage
7.5 Design and Location of Storage Facilities
7.6 Manufactured Home Stands
8.0 ACCESS AND TRAFFIC CIRCULATION AND PARKING
9.0 INTERNAL STREET DIMENSIONS AND PARKING; NUMBERING; REQUIRED INTERSECTIONS
10.0 STREET LIGHTING
11.0 FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS
12.0 RECREATION AREA
13.0 WATER SUPPLY
14.0 SEWAGE DISPOSAL
15.0 ELECTRICAL, GAS AND MECHANICAL SYSTEMS WIRING
16.0 SERVICE BUILDING AND OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE FACILITIES
17.0 STRUCTURAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BUILDINGS
18.0 REFUSE AND GARBAGE HANDLING
19.0 INSECT AND RODENT CONTROL
20.0 FUEL SUPPLY AND STORAGE
21.0 MISCELLANEOUS REQUIREMENTS
22.0 PENALTY
23.0 REPEALING CLAUSE
24.0 SEVERABILITY CLAUSE
25.0 PUBLICATION
26.0 INTRODUCTION

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS, REGULATING MANUFACTURED HOME PARKS AND THE INSTALLATION OF MANUFACTURED HOMES IN SAID PARKS WITHIN THE CITY OF TAYLOR; REQUIRING A LICENSE FOR MANUFACTURED HOME PARKS AND MANUFACTURED HOMES; PRESCRIBING OTHER PREREQUISITES TO THE ISSUANCE OF A PERMIT AND LICENSE; PROVIDING DEFINITIONS; PROHIBITING MOBILE HOMES WITHIN THE CITY OF TAYLOR; PRESCRIBING REGULATIONS FOR MANUFACTURED HOME PARKS AND THE INSTALLATION OF MANUFACTURED HOMES INSIDE SAID PARKS; PROVIDING A PENALTY NOT TO EXCEED TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS ($2,000.00) FOR EACH OFFENSE EXCEPT WHERE A DIFFERENT PENALTY HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY STATE LAW AND EVERY DAY SAID VIOLATION IS CONTINUED SHALL CONSTITUTE A SEPARATE OFFENSE; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING A REPEALER CLAUSE; AND PROVIDING FOR PUBLICATION.

WHEREAS, it is deemed in the best interest of the City of Taylor for the health, safety and welfare of its citizens that an ordinance be established to regulate manufactured home parks and the manufactured homes inside said parks within the City of Taylor, Texas, and that mobile homes be prohibited; and

WHEREAS, this ordnance shall be known and cited as the "Manufactured Home Park Ordinance" of the City of Taylor, Texas. The provisions of this ordinance shall apply to manufactured home parks and manufactured homes inside said parks.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TAYLOR:

SECTION 1.0 PURPOSE

The purpose of this ordinance is to establish clear and unambiguous regulations pertaining to manufactured home parks and the installation of manufactured homes in said parks in the City of Taylor and to promote thereby an attractive community.

This ordinance shall be known and cited as the "Manufactured Home Parks Regulations of the City of Taylor." The provisions of this ordinance shall apply to manufactured homes within a manufactured home park.


SECTION 2.0 DEFINITIONS

For the purpose of this ordinance only, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning. All other definitions cited in the Zoning Ordinance and the Subdivision Ordinance not in conflict herewith shall remain in full force and effect.

AGENT. Any person authorized by the licensee of a manufactured home park to operate or maintain such park under the provisions of this ordinance.

BUILDING OFFICIAL. The legally designated inspection authority of the city or his/her authorized representative.

CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY. A certificate issued by the Building Official for the use of a building, structure and/or land when it is determined by him that the building, structure and/or land complies with the provisions of all applicable city codes, ordinances, and regulations.

CITY. City of Taylor, Williamson County, Texas.

CITY OFFICIAL. The legally designated head of a city department or his/her authorized representative when acting in an official capacity.

COMMON ACCESS ROUTE. A private way which affords the principal means of access to individual manufactured home lots or auxiliary buildings. Common access route when used as Emergency Vehicles Access the materials and design shall meet minimum standards established by the City Engineer.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS. The legally designated department head of the City of Taylor's Public Works Department or his/her authorized representative.

DRIVEWAY. A minor entranceway of the common access route within the park into an off-street parking area serving no more than two (2) manufactured homes.

FIRE CHIEF. The legally designated Chief of the Fire Department of the city or his/her authorized representative.

INTERNAL STREET. Same as Common Access Route.

LICENSE. A written license issued by the Building Official permitting a person to operate and maintain a manufactured home park under the provisions of this ordinance and regulations issued hereunder.

LICENSEE. Any person licensed to operate and maintain a manufactured home park under the provisions of this ordinance.

MANUFACTURED HOME. A structure constructed on or after June 15, 1976, according to the rules of the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, transportable in one or more sections, which in the traveling mode, is eight (8) body feet or more in width or forty (40) body feet or more in length, or, when erected on site, is three hundred twenty (320) or more square feet, and which is built on a permanent chassis and designed to be used as a dwelling with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities, and including the plumbing; heating, air conditioning, and electrical systems. This term does not include a recreational vehicle.

MOBILE HOME. A structure that was constructed before June 15, 1976, transportable in one or more sections, which in the traveling mode is eight (8) body feet or more in width or forty (40) body feet or more in length or when erected on site is three hundred twenty (320) or more square feet, and which is built with or without a permanent foundation when connected to the required utilities, and including the plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical systems.

MANUFACTURED HOME PARK. A unified development of manufactured home spaces arranged on a tract of land under single person ownership, meeting all requirements of this ordinance.

MANUFACTURED HOME PERMIT. A written permit of certification issued by the Building Official permitting the construction, alteration or extension of a manufactured home park under the provisions of this ordinance and regulations issued hereunder.

PERSON. Any natural individual, firm, trust, partnership, association or corporation.

PIER. The portion of the anchorage system between the (pier) foundation and the manufactured home.

PIER FOUNDATION. The portion of the anchorage system that transmits loads directly to the soil.

PLOT PLAN. Graphic representation, drawn to scale in a horizontal plane, delineating the outlines of the land included in the plan and all proposed use locations, accurately dimensioned, the dimensions also indicating the relation of each use to that adjoining and to the boundary of the property.

POLICE CHIEF. The legally designated Chief of the Police Department of the city or his/her authorized representative.

PRIVATE STREET. Same as common access route.

REPLACEMENT. The act of moving one manufactured home from its existing stand and replacing it with another manufactured home.

SERVICE BUILDING. A structure housing a toilet, lavatory and such other facilities as may be required by this ordinance.

SEWER CONNECTION. The connection consisting of all pipes, fittings and appurtenances from the drain outlet of a manufactured home to the inlet of the corresponding sewer service riser pipe of the sewage system serving the manufactured home park.

SEWER SERVICE RISER PIPE. The portion of a sewer service which extends vertically to the ground elevation and terminates at a manufactured home space.

SITE PLAN. Same as Plot Plan.

SPACE. A plot of ground within a manufactured home park designed for the accommodation of one manufactured home, together with such open space as required by this ordinance. This term also shall include the terms lot, stand and site.

WATER CONNECTION. The connection consisting of all pipes, fittings and appurtenances from the water riser pipe to the water inlet pipe of the distribution system within a manufactured home.

WATER RISER PIPE. The portion of the private water service system serving a manufactured home park, which extends vertically to the ground elevation and terminates at a designated point at a manufactured home space.

SECTION 3.0 PERMITS

3.1 Generally

No permit shall be issued for the construction or occupancy of a permanent residential structure in any manufactured home park, with the following exceptions:

1. One existing residential structure may be retained or one new residential structure may be constructed for the occupancy of the owner or operator of the park.

2. An existing residence may be converted to a clubhouse, community center or service building for use by the residents of the manufactured home park.

3.2 Permit Required

It shall be unlawful for any person to construct, alter or extend any manufactured home park within the limits of the city unless he holds a valid permit issued by the Building Official in the name of such person for the specific construction, alteration or extension proposed.

3.3 Application Requirements

All applications for permits shall be made upon standard forms provided by the Building Official and shall contain the following:

Name and address of the applicant. If applicant is not the owner, the applicant shall provide written approval of said land owner of intended use.

Location and legal description of the manufactured home park.

Statement demonstrating compliance with the Zoning Ordinance as it existed presently or if not in compliance presently the date and ordinance it was permitted under.

a. To this application shall be attached a copy of a site plan, at a minimum scale of 1 inch = two hundred (200) feet for sites of thirty (30) acres or more, and at a minimum scale of 1 inch = one hundred (100) feet for sites under thirty (30) acres. The site plan shall include all data required in the Subdivisions Ordinance.

b. One print of the site plan is to be circulated by the Building Official to each of the city departments for approval prior to issuing the permit. This plan does not replace or supersede the subdivision plat of the property required by state law to be recorded in the county records of the county in which the property is located.

c. Copy of valid license certificate issued by Building Official.

3.4 Permit Fee for New or Additions to Existing Parks

All applications to the Building Official shall be accompanied by a fee of Four hundred dollars ($400.00) plus Twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each additional space added or altered by the changes of manufactured home space(s).

3.5 Issuance of Permit

When upon review of the application and the Building Official is satisfied that the proposed plan meets the requirements of this ordinance, a permit shall be issued.

3.6 Denial of Permit; Hearing

Any person, whose application for a permit under this ordinance has been denied, may request a hearing on the matter.

SECTION 4.0 LICENSES

4.1 License Required

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any manufactured home park within the city unless he/she holds a valid license issued annually by the Building Official in the name of the person for the specific park. All applications for licenses shall be made in writing on forms furnished by him/her to the Building Official who shall issue a license upon compliance by the applicant with provisions of this ordinance.


4.2 Application for Original License

Application for the original license shall be in writing signed by the applicant, accompanied by an affidavit of the applicant as to the truth of the application and by the deposit of the license fee hereinafter provided, and shall contain:

1. the name and address of the applicant;

2. the location and legal description of the park;

3. a site plan of the park showing all manufactured home spaces, structures, roads, walkways and other service facilities; and

4. before the original license is issued the Building Official shall obtain the approval of the Fire Chief on the firefighting appliances, water supply, accessways or other applicable conditions as meeting fire safety requirements.

4.3 Hearing Granted Applicants

Any person whose application for a license under this ordinance has been denied may request and shall be granted a hearing on the matter

4.4 Application for License Renewal

Application for renewal of a license shall be made in writing by the licensee on forms furnished by the Building Official on or before January 1 of each year. Such application shall contain any change in the information occurring after the original license was issued or the latest renewal granted.

Before the renewal license is issued, the Building Official shall obtain the approval of the Fire Chief on the firefighting appliances, water supply, accessways or other applicable conditions as meeting fire safety requirements.

4.5 License Fee

All original license applications or renewals thereof shall be accompanied by a fee of Two Hundred Fifty dollars ($250.00) for manufactured home parks with ten (10) or fewer spaces; Five Hundred dollars ($500.00) for parks with ten (10) or more spaces. All renewal fees shall be due on January 1 of each year.

4.6 Transfer of License

Every person holding a license shall give notice in writing to the Building Official within ten (10) days after having sold, transferred, given away, or otherwise disposed of interest in or control of any manufactured home park. Application for transfer of license shall be made within fifteen (15) calendar days after notification of change. Within ten (10) calendar days thereafter, the city shall act on the application for license transfer and it shall be approved if the park is in compliance with the provisions of this ordinance.

All applications for license transfer shall be accompanied by a fee of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00).

4.7 Violation Notices, Suspension of License

Whenever, upon inspection of any manufactured home park, the Building Official or his designee after consultation with the city official or officials he/she deems competent to judge, finds that conditions or practices exist which are in violation of any provision of this ordinance applicable to such park, he/she shall give notice in writing to the licensee or his/her agent that unless such conditions or practices are corrected within a reasonable period of time specified in the notice, the license shall be suspended.

At the end of such period of time, the Building Official or his designee shall re-inspect such park, requesting assistance from other city departments as may be required, and if such conditions or practices have not been corrected, he/she shall suspend the license and give notice in writing of such suspension to the licensee or his agent.

Upon receipt of notice of such suspension, licensee shall cease operation of such park, except as provided in Section 5.

4.8 Temporary License

A temporary license, upon written request therefor, shall be issued by the Building Official, for every manufactured home park in existence upon the effective date of this ordinance, permitting the manufactured home park to be operated during the period ending one hundred eighty (180) days after the effective date of this ordinance, in accordance with such conditions as the Building Official may require.

The term of the temporary license shall be extended, upon written request, for not to exceed one additional period of one hundred eighty (180) days, if the following conditions exist:

The licensee shall have filed application for a license within ninety (90) days after the effective date of this ordinance.

The site plans accompanying the application for license comply with all provisions of this ordinance, except the four thousand (4,000) square feet minimum space requirement and all other applicable ordinances and statutes;

The licensee shall have diligently endeavored to make the existing manufactured home park conform fully to the plans and specifications submitted with the application.

Failure to make the existing manufactured home park conform fully to such plans and specifications shall have been due to causes beyond the control of the licensee; and
Without exception, compliance with anchorage requirements shall be mandatory.

SECTION 5.0 INSPECTION

5.1 Inspections Required

The Building Official, the Fire Chief and the Police Chief are hereby authorized and directed to make such inspections as are necessary to determine compliance with this ordinance.

5.2 Entry on Premises

The Building Official, the Fire Chief and the Police Chief shall have the power to enter at reasonable times upon any private or public property for the purpose of inspecting and investigating conditions relating to the enforcement of this ordinance.

5.3 Inspection of Register

The Building Official, the Fire Chief and the Police Chief shall have the power and authority in discharging their official duties to inspect the register containing a record of all residents of the manufactured home park.

5.4 Duty of Occupants

It shall be the duty of every occupant of a manufactured home park to give the licensee, his agent or authorized employee access to any part of such park at reasonable times for the purpose of making such repairs or alterations as are necessary to effect compliance with this ordinance.

SECTION 6.0 NOTICES, HEARINGS, AND ORDERS

6.1 Notice of Violation; Requirements of Notice.

Whenever it is determined that there are grounds to believe that there has been a violation of any provision of this ordinance, the Building Official shall give notice of such alleged violation to the licensee or agent, as hereinafter provided. Such notice shall be:

in writing;

include a statement of the reasons for its issuance;

allow a reasonable time for the performance of the act it requires;

be served upon the licensee or his/her agent, provided that the notice of order shall be deemed to have been properly served upon such licensee or agent when a copy thereof has been sent by certified mail to his last known address, or when he has been served with the notice by any method authorized or required by the laws of this state; and

contain an outline of remedial action which, if taken, will effect compliance with the provisions of this ordinance.

6.2 Appeal from Denial of Permit by the Building Official.

Any person affected by the refusal of the Building Official to issue a permit under the provisions of this ordinance, may request and shall be granted a hearing on the matter before the City Council, provided that such person(s) shall file within thirty (30) days after the permit was refused, in the office of the City Manager, a written petition requesting the hearing and setting forth a brief statement of the grounds therefor.

Upon receipt of such petition, the City Manager shall request the City Council to set a time and place for such hearing and shall give the petitioner written notice thereof. At such hearing the petitioner shall be given an opportunity to be heard and to show why such refusal should be modified or withdraw.

6.3 Appeal from Notice Issued by the Building Official

Any person affected by any notice which has been issued in connection with the enforcement of any provision of this ordinance applicable to such park by the Building Official may request and shall be granted a hearing on the matter by City Council, provided that such person shall file within thirty (30) days after the day the notice was served, in the office of the City Manager, a written petition requesting such hearing and setting forth a brief statement of the grounds therefor.

The filing of the request for a hearing shall operate as a stay of the notice and of the suspension, except in the case of an order issued under Section 6.4. At such hearing, the petitioner shall be given an opportunity to be heard and to show why such notice should be modified or withdrawn.

6.4 Hearing Order

After such hearing, the City Manager shall issue an order in writing sustaining, modifying or withdrawing the refusal, which order shall be served as provided in Section 6.1(4). Upon failure to comply with an order by the City Manager sustaining or modifying a decision thereof, the occupancy permit and the license of the park affected by the order shall be revoked.

6.5 Order Without Notice

6.5.1 Whenever the City Manager finds that an emergency exists which requires immediate action to protect the public health or safety, he may without notice or hearing issue an order reciting the existence of such an emergency and requiring that action be taken as he may deem necessary to meet the emergency.

6.5.2 Not withstanding any other provisions of this ordinance, the order shall be effective immediately.

6.5.3 Any person to whom an order is directed shall comply therewith immediately but upon written petition to the City Manager shall be afforded a hearing as soon as possible.

6.5.4 The provisions of Section 4.0 shall be applicable to the hearing and the order issued thereafter.

SECTION 7.0 MANUFACTURED HOME PARKS

7.1 Site Plan Plating Requirements

The site plan shall be filed as required by the ordinance and shall show the following:

the area and dimensions of the tract of land with identification of location and boundaries;

the number, location and size of all manufactured home spaces;

the location, width and specifications of driveways, roadways and walkways;

the location and specifications of water and sewer lines and riser pipes;

the location and details of lighting, electrical and gas systems;

the location and specifications of all buildings constructed or to be constructed within the park;

the location of fire mains including the size, the hydrants, and any other equipment which may be provided;

the location and details of the recreational area; and

such other information as municipal reviewing officials may reasonably require.
A print of the site or plot plan shall be circulated to the following city departments by the Building Official and approval obtained from them prior to the issuance of a permit: Building Official, Fire Chief, Police Chief and Director of Public Works.

7.2 Site Requirements

Any manufactured home park constructed after the adoption of this ordinance, and for any extension or addition to an existing manufactured home park in the city, shall be done in compliance with the following site requirements:

1. Location of the manufactured home park shall have no less than ten (10) manufactured home spaces and shall be located only on sites in compliance with the Zoning Ordinance.

2. The perimeter of the manufactured home park shall be defined with fencing, visual screens or landscaping as approved by the Building Official.
7.2.1 Basic Manufactured Home Minimum Site Requirements

1. Space requirements. Each manufactured home space shall provide a minimum area of four thousand (4,000) square feet; however, no manufactured home space shall have dimensions less than forty (40) feet on the narrow dimension nor one hundred (100) feet in the long dimension.

2. Occupancy limitation. No more than one family unit shall occupy any manufactured home space.

7.2.2 Open Space Requirements

1. The minimum front yard setback shall be ten (10) feet from the nearest corner of the manufactured home to the front line of the manufactured home space.

2. No manufactured home shall be closer than ten (10) feet to any property line or space or closer than twenty-five (25) feet to the property line or space adjoining a public street.

3. For other structures on each space, the minimum front yard setback shall be at least ten (10) feet.

7.2.3 Height regulations

1. The height limit for any structure intended for occupancy in the manufactured home park shall be thirty-five (35) feet.

2. The average height of the manufactured home frame above the ground elevation, measured at ninety (90) degrees to the frame, shall not exceed three (3) feet.

7.3 Soil and Ground Cover

Exposed ground surfaces in all parts of every manufactured home park shall be paved, covered with stone screening or other solid material or protected with a vegetative growth that is capable of preventing soil erosion and of eliminating dust.

7.4 Drainage

The ground surface in all parts of a park shall be graded and equipped to drain all surface water in a safe, efficient manner.


7.5 Design and Location of Storage Facilities

Unless provided in current manufactured home models, storage facilities with a minimum capacity of two hundred (200) cubic feet per manufactured home space may be provided on the space or in compounds located within one hundred (100) feet of each space.

Where provided, storage facilities shall be designed in a manner that will enhance the appearance of the park and shall be faced with masonry, porcelainized steel, baked enamel steel or other material equal in fire resistance, durability and appearance. Storage outside the perimeter walls of the mobile home shall be permitted only if in such facilities.

7.6 Manufactured Home Stands

The area of the manufactured home stand or space shall provide adequate support and drainage for placement of the manufactured home.

SECTION 8.0 ACCESS, TRAFFIC CIRCULATION AND PARKING

8.1 Internal private streets, no-parking area signs and street name signs shall be privately owned, built and maintained. Private streets shall be designed for safe and convenient access to all spaces and to facilities for common use of park residents.

8.2 Internal private streets shall be kept open and free of obstruction in order that police and fire vehicles may have access to any areas of the manufactured home park.

8.3 The Police Department shall be authorized to issue citations for the violation of the provisions hereof and to remove and impound offending vehicles.

8.4 On all sections of internal private streets on which parking is prohibited under this ordinance, the owner or agent shall erect metal signs prohibiting parking.

8.5 The sign type, size, height and location shall be approved by the Director of Public Works prior to installation.

8.6 All internal private streets shall be constructed to specifications established by the Director of Public Works and shall be maintained by the owner or agent free of cracks, holes and other hazards.

8.7 Internal streets shall be designed by a licensed professional engineer in accordance with good engineering designs and shall be approved by the Director of Public Works on an occupancy permit for the park.


SECTION 9.0 INTERNAL STREET DIMENSIONS AND PARKING;
NUMBERING; REQUIRED INTERSECTIONS

9.1 An internal private street or common access route shall be provided to each manufactured home space. Such private street shall be paved and have a minimum width of thirty (30) feet if off-street parking is provided in the ratio of two parking spaces for each manufactured home space.

9.1.1 On-street parking shall be permitted on only one side of the street.

9.1.2 The internal private streets shall be continuous and connect with other internal private streets or with public streets or shall be provided with a cul-de-sac having a minimum diameter of one-hundred (100) feet.

9.1.3 No internal private street ending in a cul-de-sac shall exceed six hundred (600) feet in length.

9.2 If no off-street parking is provided or is provided in a ratio of less than two spaces for each manufactured home site, the minimum private street width shall be thirty-six (36) feet.

9.2.1 All other requirements remain the same as in paragraph 9.1 of this section, with the exception that parking will be permitted on both sides of the street.

9.3 When the park is constructed with internal private streets having a width less than thirty-six (36) feet, off-street parking shall be provided on each manufactured home space in the ratio of two parking spaces for each manufactured home space.

9.3.1 Each parking space shall be hard-surfaced with all-weather material and located to eliminate interference with access to parking areas provided for other manufactured homes and for public parking in the park.

9.4 Internal private streets shall permit unobstructed access to within at least one hundred fifty (150) feet of any portion of each manufactured home.

9.5 Within each manufactured home park, all private streets shall be named and manufactured homes numbered to conform with block numbers on adjacent public streets.

9.5.1 All street name signs and house numbers shall be of reflective material.

9.5.2 These street signs shall be of a color and size contrasting with those on public streets so that there is no confusion regarding which are private and which are public streets.

9.5.3 These signs and numbers shall be of standard size and placement to facilitate location by emergency vehicles.

9.6 Interior private streets shall intersect adjoining public streets at ninety (90) degrees and at locations which will eliminate or minimize interference, with traffic on those public streets and shall be approved by the Director of Public Works.

SECTION 10.0 STREET LIGHTING

Street lighting within the manufactured home park shall be provided along all internal private streets. Light standards shall have a height and spacing to insure an average illumination level of not less than 0.2 foot-candles.

SECTION 11.0 FIRE SAFETY STANDARDS

11.1 Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gases.

In parks in which liquefied petroleum gases are stored and dispensed, their handling and storage shall comply with requirements of the city plumbing and fire codes, as applicable.

11.2 Storage and Handling of Flammable Liquids.

In parks in which gasoline, fuel oil, or other flammable liquids are stored or dispensed, their handling and storage shall comply with the city fire code.

11.3 Access to Manufactured Homes for Firefighting.

Approaches to all manufactured homes shall be kept clear for firefighting personnel and equipment.

11.4 Firefighting Instruction

The manufactured home park owner or agent shall be responsible for the instruction of his staff in the use of the park fire protection equipment and in their specific duties in the event of fire.

11.5 Water Supply Facilities for Fire Department Operations

Water supply facilities for Fire Department operations shall be connected to the city public water supply system. The park owner shall provide standard city approved fire hydrants located within five hundred (500) feet of all manufactured home spaces, measured along the path of travel using driveways and/or streets.

When fire hydrants are required the water mains and fire hydrants shall be dedicated to the city after construction of improvements is performed to the City Engineering Standards and accepted by the Director of Public Works.

The water mains and fire hydrants when located on private property shall be in a dedicated utility easement of the size set by the Director of Public Works adequate to service said lines and hydrants after all development has accrued.
11.6 Dry Vegetation

The manufactured home park licensee or agent shall be responsible for maintaining the entire area of the park free of dry brush, leaves and weeds.

SECTION 12.0 RECREATION AREA

12.1 Requirement

All manufactured home parks shall have at least one recreation area.

12.2 Extent

Recreation areas and facilities, such as playgrounds, swimming pools and community buildings shall be provided which in the judgment of the park licensee or agent will meet the anticipated needs of the clientele which the park is designed to serve. Provision of separate adult and children lot recreation areas is encouraged.

12.3 Size of Recreation Area

Not less than five (5) percent of the total gross site area of the manufactured home park shall be devoted to recreational facilities, generally provided in a central location.

12.4 Playground Location

When playground space is provided, it shall be designated and shall be protected from traffic, thoroughfares and parking areas. Such space shall be maintained in a sanitary condition and free of safety hazards.

SECTION 13.0 WATER SUPPLY

13.1 Requirement

An accessible, adequate, safe and potable supply of water shall be provided in each manufactured home park. Connection shall be made to the public supply of water. The public supply shall be adequate for both domestic and firefighting requirements and if improvements are needed to the public supply system the licensee will bare all cost of improvements to comply with the City Engineering Standards

13.2 Water Distribution System

The water supply system of the manufactured home park or subdivision shall be connected by pipes to all manufactured homes, buildings and other facilities requiring water. All water piping, fixtures and other equipment shall be constructed and maintained in accordance with state and city regulations and requirements.


13.3 Riser Pipes and Connections

Individual water riser pipes and connections shall be in accordance with requirements of the City Plumbing Code.

SECTION 14.0 SEWAGE DISPOSAL

14.1 General Requirements

An adequate and safe sewage system shall be provided in all manufactured home parks for conveying and disposing of all sewage. The sewer system for a manufactured home park shall be constructed in accordance with the City Plumbing Code.

14.2 Sewer Lines

All private sewer lines shall be constructed of materials in accordance with the City Plumbing Code.

14.3 Individual Sewer Connections

Each manufactured home stand shall be provided with at least a three-inch diameter sewer riser pipe. The sewer riser pipe shall be so located on each stand so that the sewer connection to the manufactured home drain outlet will approximate a vertical position. The sewer connection to the manufactured home from the sewer riser pipe and any other sewer connections shall be in accordance with the requirements of the City Plumbing Code.

All materials used for sewer connections shall be in accordance with the City Plumbing Code. Provision shall be made for plugging the sewer riser pipe when no manufactured home occupies the space. Surface drainage shall be diverted away from the riser.

SECTION 15.0 ELECTRICAL, GAS AND MECHANICAL SYSTEMS WIRING

All electrical, gas and mechanical systems in the manufactured home park shall be installed in accordance with the city codes.

SECTION 16.0 SERVICE BUILDING AND OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICE
FACILITIES

16.1 General

The requirements of this section shall apply to service buildings, recreation buildings, and other community service facilities such as:

1. management offices, repair shops and storage areas;

2. sanitary facilities;
3. laundry facilities; and

4. indoor recreation areas.

16.2 Barbecue Pits, Fireplaces, and Stoves

1. Cooking shelters, barbecue pits, fireplaces and wood-burning stoves shall be located, constructed, maintained and used as to minimize fire hazards and smoke nuisance both on the property on which used and on neighboring property.

2. No open fire shall be left unattended.

3. No fuel shall be used and no material burned which emits dense smoke or objectionable odors.

SECTION 17.0 STRUCTURAL REQUIREMENTS FOR BUILDINGS

17.1 Protection from Damages

1. All portions of the structure shall be properly protected from damage by ordinary uses and by decay, corrosion, termites and other destructive elements.

2. Exterior portions shall be of such materials and be so constructed and protected as to prevent entrance or penetration of moisture and weather and to comply with all applicable codes of the city.

17.2 Sanitary or Laundry Facilities

All rooms containing sanitary or laundry facilities shall have:

1. sound-resistant walls extending to the ceiling between male and female sanitary facilities,

2. walls and partitions around showers, bathtubs, lavatories and other plumbing fixtures constructed of dense, nonabsorbent, waterproof materials or covered with moisture resistant materials,

3. at least one window or skylight facing directly to the outdoors,

4. the minimum aggregate gross area of windows for each required room shall not be less than ten (10) percent of the floor area served by them; and

5. at least one window which can be opened easily or a mechanical device which will adequately ventilate the room.


17.3 Toilets

Toilets shall be located in separate compartments equipped with self-closing doors. Shower stalls shall be of the individual type. The rooms shall be screened to prevent direct view of the interior when the exterior doors are open.

17.4 Illumination Levels

Illumination levels shall be maintained as follows:

1. General seeing tasks: five (5) foot-candles;

2. Laundry room work area: forty (40) foot-candles; and

3. Toilet room, in front of mirrors: forty (40) foot-candles.

17.5 Hot and Cold Water

Hot and cold water shall be furnished in every lavatory, sink, bathtub, shower and laundry fixture, and cold water shall be furnished to every water closet and urinal.

17.6 Heating

Service buildings shall be maintained at a comfortable temperature by heating equipment permitted by city regulations.

SECTION 18.0 REFUSE AND GARBAGE HANDLING

The storage, collection and disposal of refuse in the manufactured home park shall be so conducted as to create no health hazards, rodent harborage, insect breeding area, accident or fire hazards or air pollution and shall conform to all city ordinances and regulations pertaining thereto. Refuse and garbage shall be removed from the park at least twice each week. The licensee or agent shall insure that containers at manufactured home spaces are emptied regularly and maintained in a usable sanitary condition. The containers at manufactured home parks shall meet other standards as specified in the Zoning Ordinance

SECTION 19.0 INSECT AND RODENT CONTROL

Grounds, buildings and structures shall be maintained free of insect and rodent harborage and infestation. Parks shall be maintained free of accumulation of debris which may provide rodent harborage or breeding places for flies, mosquitoes and other pests. The growth of brush, weeds and grass shall be controlled to prevent harborage of noxious insects or other pests. Parks shall be so maintained as to prevent the growth of noxious weeds detrimental to health. Open areas shall be maintained free of heavy undergrowth of any description.


SECTION 20.0 FUEL SUPPLY AND STORAGE

20.1 Natural Gas System

Natural gas piping systems shall be installed underground and maintained in accordance with applicable codes and regulations governing such systems. Each manufactured home space provided with piped gas shall have a cap on the outlet when not in use to prevent accidental discharge of gas and shall be in accordance with the city Gas Code.

20.2 Liquefied Petroleum Gas System

Liquefied petroleum gas systems shall be installed only if an available natural gas system is more than one thousand (1,000) feet from the manufactured home park. The liquefied petroleum gas systems shall be maintained in accordance with applicable code of the city governing such systems and regulations of the state Railroad Commission pertaining there to.

SECTION 21.0 MISCELLANEOUS REQUIREMENTS

21.1 Park Management Responsibilities

Park management is responsible for all responsibilities set out elsewhere in this ordinance. The licensee or agent shall operate the park in compliance with this ordinance and other applicable ordinances and shall provide adequate supervision to maintain the park, its facilities and its equipment in good repair and in a clean and sanitary condition. The licensee or agent shall notify park occupants of all applicable provisions of this ordinance and inform them of their duties and responsibilities.

The licensee or agent shall maintain a register of park occupancy which shall contain the minimum following information:

1. name and address of park residents,

2. manufactured home registration data, including make, length, width, year of manufacture and identification numbers,
3. location of each manufactured home within the park by space or lot number and street address, and

4. dates of arrival and departure.

21.2 A new register shall be initiated on January 1 of each year and the old register is retired, but the old register shall be retained on the premises for at least three (3) years following the retirement.

21.3 Registers shall be available for inspection at all reasonable times by an official of the city whose duties may necessitate access to the information contained therein.

21.4 The licensee or agent shall furnish to the Building Official within ten (10) days after January 1 of each year a list of all manufactured home residents in the park on January 1. The list shall contain the owner's name and address, the make, length, width, year of manufacture and identification number of the manufactured home; and the address or location description of said manufactured home within the park.

21.5 Within ten (10) days after July 1 of each year, the licensee or agent shall furnish to the Building Official the same data as required in Section 21.1 of this ordinance on all residents who have moved into the park after January 1 and information on manufactured homes which have moved out of the park after January 1, including the foregoing data plus the date on which each manufactured home left the park.

21.6 Responsibilities of Park Occupants

Park occupants are responsible for all responsibilities set out elsewhere in this ordinance. The occupant shall comply with all requirements of this ordinance and shall maintain his/her manufactured home space, its facilities and its equipment in good repair and in a clean and sanitary condition. The occupant shall be responsible for proper placement of his/her manufactured home in its manufactured home stand and proper installation of all utility connections in accordance with the instructions of the park management or appropriate city official.

21.7 Skirting with the necessary vents, screens, and/or openings shall be required on all manufactured homes and shall be installed within seven (7) days after placement of the manufactured homes. Skirting, porches, awnings, and other additions when installed shall be maintained in good repair. The use of space immediately underneath a manufactured home for storage shall be permitted only under the following conditions:

1. The storage area shall have a base of impervious material.

2. Stored items shall not interfere with the underneath inspection of the manufactured home.

21.8 Foundation Systems and Anchorage

Each manufactured home shall be anchored in accordance with Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Manufacturing Housing Standards.

SECTION 22.0 PENALTY

Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction in the municipal court of the City shall be subject to a fine not to exceed two thousand ($2,000.00) dollars for each offense, except however, where a different penalty has been established by the state law for such offense the penalty shall be that fixed by state law, and each and every day said violation is continued shall constitute a separate offense.

SECTION 23.0 REPEALING CLAUSE

All provisions in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance shall be, and the same are hereby repealed and all other provisions not in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance shall remain in full force and effect.

SECTION 24.0 SEVERABILITY CLAUSE

That is any provision, word, sentence, paragraph, clause, phrase or section of this ordinance or its application to any person or circumstances is adjudged or held invalid, void or unconstitutional, the invalid, void or unconstitutional portion shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this ordinance which shall remaining full force and effect.

SECTION 25.0 PUBLICATION

The City Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to publish the caption of this ordinance in the manner and for the length of time prescribed by law.

SECTION 26.0 INTRODUCTION

In accordance with Article VIII, Section 1 of the City Charter, this Ordinance was introduced before the City Council on the 28th day of August, 2001.

PASSED, APPROVED and ADOPTED on this the _____day of __________2001.

 

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Jeffrey M. Berger, Mayor
City of Taylor
ATTEST:

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Barbara S. Belz, City Clerk

 

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

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Ted W. Hejl, City Attorney