UPDATE: 6:36 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 - Mayor Greg Bolin has released a statement on the new mobile home park regulations. Read the full statement below.
"As Mayor of Paradise I would like to clarify the current state and local regulations on manufactured homes, including the Council’s recent vote regarding the age of mobile homes on private property. Manufactured homes in mobile home parks are not regulated by the Town of Paradise. They are regulated by the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
Recently, the Town Council asked our residents for guidance on improving fire safety as we rebuild after the devastating Camp Fire. One of the items considered was to require manufactured homes placed on private property to be no older than 10 years. It was important to our residents and to our Council that manufactured homes require the same fire-safety standards as stick-built homes. Manufactured homes that are 10 years old or newer are Wildland Urban Interface Code (WUI) compliant. With the support of residents, Council voted to ensure manufactured homes newly relocated on private property in Paradise would comply with the current WUI standards. Manufactured homes in parks are excluded from this requirement. You can read the Paradise Municipal Code regarding Manufactured Homes here.
Existing manufactured homes on private property over 10 years old can stay where they are, the age requirement only affects manufactured homes relocated onto private property. Manufactured homes older than 10 years may be moved to another mobile home park.
The issues affecting our residents in Apple Tree Village as it prepares to close are complicated and painful for those impacted. The Town Council is committed to rebuilding an affordable community for our residents as we recover together."
PARADISE, Calif. - Residents at the Apple Tree Village in Paradise say it is not reopening and they are being given two options: relocate the mobile home or demolish it.
After an ordinance by the town council passed in early 2019, it stated mobile homes older than 10 years cannot be placed on private property.
The mobile homes at this park were built in the 1970's, so these homes need to either move to a different park or they will be torn up.
Residents say the property owner does not want to re-open and is giving the 12 mobile homes left standing until May to act on the request.
Susan Lundy has lived in Paradise at the village for seven years and she is moving her home down the street to a new park.
Lundy said the ordinance restricts the eight homes set to be destroyed from housing more Camp Fire survivors.
Action News Now reached out the Mayor of Paradise Greg Bolin about the ordinance.
Bolin said the council considered sensitivity and balance when passing the ordinance. This way people looking to build conventional homes wouldn't be scared off with older-modeled mobile homes and at the same time providing space for people with manufactured homes.
Three out of the 12 mobile homes that survived the Camp Fire will relocate, Lundy said the rest will be destroyed.