New Mobile & Manufactured Home Protection OrdinanceOn December 10, 2019, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance protecting mobile and manufactured home residents while preserving affordable housing stock.

The new ordinance is consistent with State law, and requires park owners to justify park closures. This includes disclosing future plans for the property to ensure that they are consistent with local low-income housing preservation policies.  Between 1998 and 2019, 565 parks were converted throughout California, resulting in the loss of 17,149 housing units, according to the study.

The new ordinance would require park owners to seek approval and demonstrate legitimate reasons for closure. If the closure is approved, the ordinance further protects residents by allowing the County to attach reasonable conditions designed to mitigate the impact of park closure.  The ordinance was reviewed by the Mobile and Manufactured Home Commission prior to approval by the Board of Supervisors.  This ordinance is expected to go into effect in early 2020.

This ordinance’s documentation is available on the Santa Cruz County of Santa Board of Supervisors December 10, 2019, meeting agenda, Agenda Item “DOC-2019-1003”. For more information, contact Jason Hoppin at (831) 454-3401.

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