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5:19 AM Thu, Sept. 20th

P&Z: Public should weigh in on change; <BR>Issue would allow manufactured housing in every zoning district

PRESCOTT – A proposed change to allow manufactured housing in all of the city's residential zoning districts will require plenty of public discussion, say the members of the Prescott Planning and Zoning Commission.

The move is part of the rewrite of the zoning codes and subdivision regulations, which the city undertook early this year. It would represent a major shift in the way the city handles manufactured homes.

The Planning and Zoning Commission heard a report this week on the progress of the code rewrite. The manufactured home issue has emerged as one of the major changes that would come out of the rewrite.

Currently, the city has separate residential zoning districts for manufactured homes. That has resulted in large Prescott neighborhoods of purely manufactured homes, while other neighborhoods are exclusively site-built.

But Commission Chairman Tom Menser pointed out that the way the city currently handles that separation has brought up legal issues.

"A legal question has raised its ugly head," Menser said. The question centers on whether the city is discriminating in the way it currently handles the distinction.