Zachary council approves manufactured home ordinance

Manufactured and prefabricated homes will still be allowed in Zachary under a new ordinance the City Council unanimously approved Tuesday.

According to attorney John Hopwell, the law will “streamline the process” of obtaining a permit for a manufactured home rather than substantially changing the Unified Development Code.

He reminded the council that the changes still must be approved by the city’s planning and zoning commission.

People who already have prefabricated homes on their property will be “grandfathered in,” but if the homes need to be replaced, they will be subject to the conditions of the new law.

Manufactured homes are allowed on large lots with a minimum of 10 acres. Such buildings are only allowed on smaller lots with a conditional use permit that expires after two years.

Permits will only be granted in cases of hardship and for temporary use on lots where the owner is building a home to live in.

No manufactured or prefabricated homes are allowed on lots smaller than five acres, except in “manufactured home communities.”

CVS SITE PLAN: The council unanimously rejected a proposed plan for a new CVS on La. 964 near La. 64.

The plan called for a driveway access to the proposed business less than 425 feet from the intersection of the two roads, a violation of the city’s Uniform Development Code.

Since Aug. 1, there have been 22 car accidents at the intersection, Mayor David Amrhein said.

It would not be in the city’s best interest to do anything that might make the intersection more dangerous, he said.

SEWER PAYMENT: The council voted unanimously to pay contractor Grady Crawford $60,000 of the $116,700 the company has requested for completed sewer work in the city.

During its meeting May 14, the council voted to withhold payment after hearing complaints from residents of the neighborhood around Jane Marie Street about faulty replacement driveways, inadequate restoration of lawns and other problems in the wake of the project.

City engineer Bianca Carambat said the company has replaced three driveways so far and the city is keeping inspectors on the sites to make sure that the work is done correctly.

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES: The council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance making it a crime to sell emergency supplies given to residents by the city, the state or the federal government.

Violators could be required to pay up to $500 in fines, spend 14 days in jail and perform 80 hours of community service.