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Ordinance 1-Mobile Home Residental District
A. Purpose
This district is composed of those areas of the Township whose principal use if or ought to be mobile home dwelling. The regulations of this district are designed to permit a density of population and an intensity of land use in those areas which are severed by a central water supply system and a central sanitary sewerage system, and which a but or are adjacent to such other use building, structures, or amenities which support, complement, or serve such a density and intensity.

B. Permitted Uses
1. Mobile Home Park

C. Mobile Home Park Regulations
1. All mobile home parks shall comply with the Trailer Coach Park Act of 1959, being ACT 243, Public Acts of Michigan, 1959, as amended and the Springport Township Building Code.
2. Every mobile home park or subdivision shall be served by a central water supply system and a central sanitary sewerage systems.
3. The land area of a mobile home park shall not be less than ten (10) acres.
4. Mobile home sites shall be at least four thousand (4,000) square feet in area.
5. Each mobile home within such park shall contain a flush toilet, sleeping accommodations, a tub or shower bath, kitchen facilities and plumbing and electrical connections designed for attachments to appropriate external systems.
6. Each mobile home site shall have side yards with each such yard having a width of not less than ten (10) feet and the aggregate width of both said yards not less than thirty (30) feet.
7. Each mobile home site shall have front and rear yards with each such yard not less than eight (8) feet in depth and the aggregate depth of both said yards not less then twenty (20) feet.
8. For the purpose of this Section, yard width shall be determined by measurement from the mobile home face (side) to its mobile home site boundary which every point shall not be less then the minimum width herein provided. Open patios, carports, and individual storage facilities shall be disregarded in determining yard widths. The front yard is that yard that runs from the yard is at the opposite end of the mobile home and side yards are at right angles to the ends.
9. From all stands, the following minimum distances shall be maintained:

a. 10 feet to the buffer strip
b. 30 feet to the boundary of such park which is not a public street
c. 50 feet to the right-of-way of any public street of highway.
d. 30 feet away to any collector street of such park (parking bay of central parking drive not a collector street.)
e. 8 feet to any common walkway of such park.
f. 15 feet to any parking area designed for general parking in such park (general parking defines parking bays for other than park residents.)
g. 50 feet to any service building in such park

10. A mobile home shall not be permitted to occupy single or multiple sites if either length or width would cause it to occupy any minimum yard area of minimum distance prescribed herein.

11. Each mobile home site shall be provided with a minimum stand consisting of a solid concrete four (4) inch apron not less than forty-five (45) feet long nor less than eight (8) feet wide. This apron shall be so constructed, graded, and placed to be durable and adequate for the support of the maximum anticipated load during all seasons.

12. Each mobile home shall be supported on uniform jacks or blocks supplied by the mobile home park management.

13. An all-weather, hard-surfaced outdoor patio area of not less than one hundred twenty (120) square feet shall be provided at each mobile home site, conveniently located to the entrance of the mobile home appropriately related to open areas of the lot and other facilities, for the purpose of providing suitable outdoor living space to supplement the limited interior spaces of a mobile home.

14. Each mobile home park shall include similarly designed enclosed storage structure or structures suitable for storage of goods and the usual effects of the inhabitants of such park, such storage space should not be less thank one hundred twenty (120) cubic feet for each mobile home. Such storage structure or structures may be located in mobile home sites or in common structure with individual lockers.

15. Storage of goods and articles underneath any mobile home or out of doors at any mobile home site shall be prohibited.

16. On-site outdoor laundry space of adequate area and suitable location, shall be provided if park is not furnished with indoor dryers or if use of indoor dryers is not customarily acceptable to prospective occupants. Where outdoor drying area is required or desired, individual clothes drying facilities on each lot of the collapsible umbrella type of hanging apparatus shall be allowed with park management providing a concrete-imbedded socket at each site.

17. All mobile homes within such parks shall be suitably connected to sewer and water services provided at each mobile home site, and shall meet the requirements and be approved by the Jackson County Health Department.

a. All sanitary sewerage facilities, including plumbing connections to each mobile home site, shall be constructed so that all facilities and lines are protected from freezing, from bumping or from creating any type of nuisance or health hazard. Running water from a State tested and approved supply, designed adequately from a minimum flow of two hundred (200) gallons per day per mobile home site shall be piped to each trailer. Sewer connection shall not exceed ten (10) feet in length above ground.

b. Storm drainage facilities shall be so constructed as to protect those that will reside in the mobile home park, as well as the property owner adjacent to the park.

18. Disposal of garbage and trash.

a. Any method used shall be approved by the State and inspected periodically by the Jackson County Health Department.

b. Adequate incinerators, if provided, shall be conveniently located so as not to create a nuisance and be designed so that combustible materials will be reduced to an odorless gas and inorganic ash under any weather condition.

c. Trash not burned shall be stored in a conveniently located similarly designed structure (s). The removal of noncombustible trash shall take place not less than once a week.

19. All electric telephone and other lines from supply poles, or other sources to each mobile home site shall be underground. The electrical system shall be of such voltage and of such capacity to adequately serve all users in the park at peak periods. When separate meters are installed, they shall be located in a uniform manner.

20. All fuel oil and gas tanks shall be located on each mobile home site in a uniform manner. All tanks shall be elevated on a non-combustible stand placed on a concrete base and not of the underground type. If available, natural gas lines shall be provided to each lot.

21. A buffer of trees and shrubs not less than twenty (20) feet in depth shall be located and maintained along all boundaries of such park excepting at established entrances and exits serving such park. A five (5) foot high chain link fence shall be located along all mobile home park boundary lines not bordering the street.

22. A recreation space of at least three hundred (300) square feet per mobile site in the park shall be developed and maintained by the management. This area shall not be less than one hundred (100) feet in its smallest dimension and its boundary no further than five hundred (500) feet from any mobile home site served. Streets, and parking areas and laundry rooms are not to be included as a recreation space in computing the necessary area.

23. All driveways, motor vehicle parking spaces and walkways within such parks shall be hard surfaced and adequately drained.

24. Minimum widths of roadways within park shall be as follows:

Parking Minimum
Motor Vehicle Traffic Use Pavement Width

Parking prohibited 2-Way road 22 feet

Parallel parking, 1-Way road 22 feet
1 side only

Parallel parking, 1-Way road 28 feet
2 sides

Parallel parking, 2-Way road 38 feet
2 sides

25. Walkways shall not be less than four (4) feet in width excepting that walkways designed for common use of not more than three (3) mobile home sites shall not be less than three (3) feet in width.

26. One parking space for each mobile home and dwelling unit or office plus additional parking spaces equal to fifty(50) percent of the number of mobile home spaces to provide for guest parking shall be required for each mobile home park as off street parking.

27. No mobile home shall be used other than as single-family dwelling and in a duly licensed mobile home park or in a mobile home subdivision.

28. No business other than the offices of the park shall be conducted in any mobile home or building on the premises of a mobile home park.

29. Street and yard lights, sufficient in number and intensity to permit the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians at night, shall be provided and shall be, effectively related to building streets, walks, steps, and ramps. Said lighting shall be so located and arranged that it will not shine, reflect, or glare, or otherwise affect the safety and welfare of highway or neighboring residential districts.

30. Permits:

The application for the installation of construction of a mobile home park shall be accompanied by a deposit of $750,00 dollars to defray the expense of hearings, publications, and reports by engineers and other experts in assistance to the Township B’d in its consideration of said application. The insurance of a permit shall entitle a proprietor to continue to operate a mobile home park so long as he remains in compliance with the regulatory ordinances of the Township and the State of Michigan. The permittee under the terms of this ordinance does by application for such permit expressly grant to the Township B’d, for enforcement of the Ordinance, power and authority to enter upon the premises of such mobile home park at any time for the purpose of inspection and enforcement of this or any other Township ordinance application to the conduct and operation of mobile home parks. The applicant will be refunded the unexpended portion of the deposit.

31. Revocation of Permits:

In the event a mobile park shall violate any of the regulations of the Ordinance of any other township ordinance applicable to the conduct and operation of a mobile home park, he shall be ordered to show cause before the Township Board at an open public meeting why his permit shall not be revoked, and if it shall appear that the proprietor has violated any of the provisions of the Township applicable to the conduct and operation of a mobile home park, his permit shall be revoked and he shall cease to operate.

32. Administration and Enforcement:

Except where herein otherwise stated, the previsions of this Ordinance shall be administered and enforced by the Building Inspector, his deputies, or such official or officials as may be designated by the Township Board. The Building Inspector shall have the power to make inspections of buildings or premises. All construction to be in compliance with existing Township building codes.

Effective Date:
This ordinance shall take effect on the 1st day of April 1973.