Board denies mobile home request

Published 10:09 pm Thursday, February 19, 2009

Kendra Bolling

A request to move a doublewide mobile home on small corner of land on Union Hill Road was unanimously denied at the Board of Adjustments meeting Thursday.

Wanita Webster, the owner of the property requested the board allow her son to put a doublewide mobile home on a portion of the land.

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“We have a half mile on the road front. We certainly do not want to deface it,” Webster said.

“We want a small corner for my son to place a double wide. He is not a wild college student. He is a gainfully employed adult.”

Webster’s request was met with strong opposition including a petition from residents living on the road, many citing that they didn’t want it to turn into a mobile home park.

Board Chairman Jack Norton said the board had also received a letter from Troy City Council member Charlie Dunn’s constituents in regards to the issue.

Union Hill Road resident Debbie Loyd was at the meeting to oppose saying when she and her family built their home out there they were assured that it would not become a mobile home community.

“I am adamantly opposed to having a mobile home in the area,” Loyd said.

Loyd said she and her family along with other homeowners on the road had spent a lot of money building their homes.

Still, Webster maintained that her family and one other family were at one time the only family who lived on Union Hill Road.

“We’ve paid taxes on this,” Webster said.

In the end, the board voted unanimously to deny Webster’s request.

The only other item of business was a request to demolish an existing home at 205 Orange Street and build a new two bedroom, two bath home was approved by the board.

Harry Anderson, a resident of Montgomery told the board his intentions were to sell the house after he built it.

Orange Street resident Hugh Haynes said he had not opposition as long as it was sold as a single-family residence, but was very much opposed if it is to be a rental property.

Charles Ingram, another Orange Street resident said a new house would enhance Orange Street if R-1 zoning is enforced.

According to City Planner Calvin Lott, R-1 zoning is considered single-family residence meaning two unrelated people could live there, but no more, two related and one unrelated could also live there, but no more than one unrelated person would be allowed.

This would mean that two college students could live in a single-family residence, but no more.