[ED. NOTE: Sorry for the late posting of this article. A malware attack on our website prevented me from adding any new posts for a couple of weeks.]
Mobile home parks in the unincorporated areas of Ventura County could not be redeveloped into higher-priced types of housing under a zoning change approved Tuesday, December 10.
Voting unanimously, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors placed the 25 parks in a special zone where owners are essentially prohibited from converting the properties into alternate uses such as apartments and condominiums.
Advocates said they hope to prevent conversions at a time when owners could be tempted to redevelop the properties to capitalize on rising housing and land costs. Such conversions have occurred in high-cost areas elsewhere in California, a state where mobile home parks are one of the few remaining sources of unsubsidized affordable housing, county officials said.
Planning officials said these types of zones have been approved in the cities of Riverside, Newport Beach and Hermosa Beach plus Santa Cruz and Trinity counties.
The board also adopted a companion measure establishing age requirements for eight of the parks that are currently designated for seniors.
The latter proposal requires that at least 80% of the occupied mobile homes have at least one resident who is age 55 or over.
Both measures take effect in 30 days. [ED. NOTE – GSMOL Chapter officer Liz Cole got the ball rolling on this effort, and many GSMOL members turned out at the hearings to support it.]