Thursday, September 8, 2011


I was on the planning commission of my hometown for many years and we never had a problem distinguishing between a manufactured HUD trailer and a modular home.  Our criteria involved whether the home had motor vehicle registration and a was built to HUD specs or if it was built to state housing codes.  It would seem very easy.

Now we go to Waverly, PA, located in the heart of the modular industry in Pennsylvania along the Susquehanna River and you would think that everyone there would know the difference.  Tons of people in the area work for one of the dozen or so modular factories located within easy driving distance but you'd be wrong.  I realize that their zoning hasn't been updated since 1988 but come on, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to know the difference.

Manufactured Home built to HUD standards

Modular Home built to IRC and state standards

It seems that the local planning board can't tell the difference between the two types and that just boggles my mind.  If they can't tell the difference, how in the name of all things obvious can the typical home buyer.  The board has put a moratorium on new manufactured and modular homes until they finish their research and vote on it at their October 4th meeting.

I really can't do the story justice, so CLICK HERE to read why they are confused.


Anonymous said...

I think that the zoning board will have their hands full with all the housing permits that are going to hit them after the flood recedes. FEMA will ship them trailers and the whole county will look like a trailer park.

Heywood said...

If I were a gambling man, I would say it is Waverly, New York, not Pennsylvania.