Manufactured housing bill heads to House floor |

Manufactured housing bill heads to House floor

A proposed state bill that would prohibit discrimination against housing construction passed the Local Government Committee in the Colorado House of Representatives Tuesday, and a second reading is expected before Monday.The bill would block restrictions such as placing manufactured or modular homes next to traditional stick-built structures. It does not apply to mobile homes. The Local Government Committee voted 8-3 this week to send an amended bill to the House floor for a hearing and a vote. State Rep. Mary Hodge, D-Adams County, who leads the Local Government Committee, is sponsoring the bill, along with Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Adams County.”The second reading will be a voice vote, and the third reading will be a couple of days after that,” Hodge said.If the House passes the bill, it will then send it on to the Senate and, if approved, to Gov. Bill Owens to sign.”This is still very preliminary,” Hodge said. “We’re not even halfway through.”The bill passed in committee with several amendments, including the adherence to windshear and snow-load ordinances by municipal laws and prohibiting the placement of manufactured homes within a covenant-controlled community.Opponents to the bill say it would usurp local control, while those in favor of it say the bill still allows a municipality to decide what a city will look like.”We’re not removing local control,” Hodge said. “You just can’t say what builder (a person) can choose.””We’re not removing local control,” Hodge said. “You just can’t say what builder (a person) can choose.”

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