NEWPORT BEACH -- Thinking about parking a shiny, metal double-wide
mobile home on a half-acre lot between two houses? Think again.
The City Council on Tuesday will vote on standards designed to ensure
that manufactured homes don't look like sore thumbs among traditional
houses. But mobile home park dwellers need not fear: The standards only
apply to mobile homes on regular residential lots.
"The idea is to have some kind of minimum design standard to ensure it
looks compatible with the neighborhood," said Patricia Temple, the city's
Her department is recommending the council approve the standards,
which are mainly concerned with aesthetics. If approved, they would
prohibit shiny metal surfaces, require homes to be on a concrete or
masonry wall foundation disguised by skirting around the base, and
require that the homes' roofs meet certain specifications. Also, mobile
homes more than 10 years old cannot be installed on lots outside of
mobile home parks.
The move was prompted by City Councilwoman Norma Glover in July after
a resident wanted to put a mobile home on a single-family lot. The new
rules likely won't affect that homeowner, but instead will ensure that in
the future mobile homes will be compatible with their surroundings,
"The goal is to try to find a way to ensure that mobile homes are up
to the same standards as the other homes around them," Mayor Tod Ridgeway
said. "Harmony and uniformity are the goals."