Updates to Logan County Zoning Ordinance on
manufactured homes begins approval processes
Zoning Board of Appeals Public
Hearing on ordinance changes to manufactured housing
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[September 09, 2019]
ZBA members present were Chairman Doug Thompson, Bret Farmer, John
Fulton, Judy Graff, Derek Martin and Scott Noltensmeier.
D’Andrea summarized the changes being made to Sections 10.3 and 13
of the zoning ordinances, which discuss the procedure for the
planning commission making recommendations.
Changing these sections will “allow the Zoning Board and County
Board to consider applications if the Planning Commission is not
able to take action on an application.”
D’Andrea said they have “tweaked” the language to still run
applications through even if the Regional Planning Commission does
not have a quorum to take action, which will keep ZBA hearings from
having to be pushed back. The Regional Planning Commission would
still be able to give input to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Martin asked about the role of the Regional Planning Commission.
The Regional Planning Commission looks at everything from a general
long-term planning perspective. D’Andrea said the planning
commission decides whether (land) uses fit in with the Logan County
Comprehensive Plan. However, the commission does not go through the
criteria for conditional uses like the ZBA does.
The ZBA unanimously approved motions made by Noltensmeier to approve
the changes to zoning ordinance sections 10.3 and 13.
Next, the ZBA considered amendments to sections of the zoning
ordinance related to certificates of occupancy, mobile homes and
With the manufactured homes, D’Andrea said they will be exempt from
the inspection process for structure construction since they are
built to set standards.
Inspections by an Illinois State licensed home inspector shall be
required for certain exterior components including stairs, handrails
Manufactured home older than three years moved to a new location
shall have pre-drywall inspections that include foundation, floor,
wall, roof structural, plumbing, electrical and rough-in components;
windows and exterior doors and HVAC systems.
Section 3.41-2 on permitted uses in agricultural districts has been
amended. D’Andrea said he has deleted the section on mobile homes
and mobile home parks to do away with allowing the old-style
pre-1976 mobile homes and parks.
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D’Andrea said language about mobile homes as a conditional use has also been
deleted from Section 3.52-3 and 3.53-3 on single family residential district and
section 3.53-4 on two-family and multi-family residential districts in
agriculture zones or villages.
People have called D’Andrea to say they want to buy five acres and put a mobile
home on it.
ZBA members also had questions about existing mobile homes.
D’Andrea said mobile homes can be used as temporary dwellings during building
projects after disasters, but the county is looking for more permanent
structures. If a mobile home is torn down, they cannot put in a new one. They
would have to put up a manufactured or modular home.
In Section 15.2 on definitions, D’Andrea said the definition of a dwelling will
include manufactured or modular homes. Recreational vehicles or mobile homes
will not be considered a dwelling.
For the definitions of manufactured, mobile and modular homes that are being
added, D’Andrea explained some of the differences between them.
D’Andrea said manufactured and modular homes are built according to different
standards and codes though both are like “stick built” homes. The intent is to
have more permanent structures.
Fulton asked if modular homes are prefab.
D’Andrea said yes. The modular homes are craned onto a flatbed, transported and
craned off the flatbed onto a foundation. They have no I-beams and are often
moved section by section.
Manufactured homes are also considered prefab since they are put together in a
factory, but are more portable than modular homes and can be brought in on its
own wheels then placed on a permanent foundation.
After brief discussion, the ZBA unanimously approved Noltensmeier’s motion to
approve Sections 12.2, 3.41-2, 3.52-3, 3.53-3, 3.54-3 and 15.2.
These recommendations would be brought forward at the Logan County Board at
their workshop on Thursday, September 12 and voted on at the Regular meeting on
Tuesday, September 17.
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