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H.J.R. 2

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RESOLUTION ENCOURAGING MANUFACTURED

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AND MOBILE HOME PARKS AS AFFORDABLE

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HOUSING

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Neal B. Hendrickson

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Senate Sponsor: Fred J. Fife

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             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This joint resolution of the Legislature encourages efforts focused on increasing the
             12      availability and affordability of manufactured housing.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    recognizes manufactured housing as an important component of affordable housing
             16      choices and options;
             17          .    encourages the inclusion of manufactured housing in local land use planning and
             18      development; and
             19          .    supports mechanisms that will increase housing affordability for all Utahns.
             20      Special Clauses:
             21          None
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             23      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          WHEREAS, the strength of Utah communities is significantly improved by a variety of
             25      safe, affordable housing choices and neighborhoods secure from the threat of relocation and
             26      resident displacement;
             27          WHEREAS, the Utah housing market continues to experience increases in cost rates


             28      well beyond increases in income realized by Utahns;
             29          WHEREAS, development pressures and higher home prices are causing the loss of
             30      many existing affordable housing units, particularly manufactured housing communities;
             31          WHEREAS, nearly two-thirds of the over 80,000 Utahns who live in manufactured
             32      homes are senior citizens;
             33          WHEREAS, the median household income of individuals living in manufactured
             34      homes is approximately 60% of the overall Utah median income;
             35          WHEREAS, manufactured homes provide home ownership opportunities to many
             36      families who would otherwise be in need of housing subsidies and assistance;
             37          WHEREAS, manufactured housing communities offer a flexible range of land
             38      ownership models which can increase stability and affordability;
             39          WHEREAS, Utahns have need of a broad range of choices and options of housing price
             40      levels;
             41          WHEREAS, manufactured housing is a largely unsubsidized, affordable housing
             42      ownership choice;
             43          WHEREAS, manufactured homes are built to standards desired in Utah communities;
             44      and
             45          WHEREAS, cities and towns should foster stable neighborhoods with a variety of
             46      affordability levels and housing choices, including the preservation of manufactured housing
             47      communities:
             48          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             49      recognizes manufactured housing as an important part of affordable housing choices and
             50      options and encourages including manufactured housing in local land use planning and
             51      development.
             52          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature expresses support for creative
             53      mechanisms, including incentives to manufactured home community preservation through
             54      resident ownership, nonprofit ownership, and space lease rules mutually beneficial to both
             55      home and land owner, that will increase affordability of housing for all Utahns.
             56          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah League
             57      of Cities and Towns, the Utah Association of Counties, and the Utah Housing Coalition.





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