Virginia Council discusses manufactured home ordinance

    So-called affordable housing took a step forward in Virginia Monday evening when the city council discussed an ordinance that would allow the construction of manufactured homes.
    Sometimes referred to as “double-wides,” the manufactured homes targeted by the council would be taxed as real estate in the same manner other types of homes are taxed. It has been previously estimated Virginia has 25 vacant lots on which such homes could be built.
    Council members agreed manufactured homes would need to be at least 1,200 square feet in size and be permanently placed on a foundation. Consideration also is being given to a requirement that manufactured homes be owner-occupied for up to two years.

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