Corinth aldermen reject mobile home request

May 8, 2017 GMT

The Corinth Board of Aldermen continued a firm stance against allowing mobile homes to locate in the city as a variance request came before the latest session of the board. John Owens sought a zoning variance to allow a mobile home to be placed on property of about 13 acres in an R-2 residential district at or about 3203 Glover Drive. The area is near U.S. Highway 45 and the Gospel Tabernacle Church and is at the dead end of the road. The city’s board of adjustment recommended approval of the variance, contingent upon the mobile home being at least 300 feet from the highway right-of-way and obscured from view by trees. The request died when Ward 4 Alderman J.C. Hill’s motion to grant the variance failed to get a second from another member of the board. Several aldermen voiced objection based on the inability of any mobile home to meet the city building code. “We’ve declined a mobile home in the city limits every time,” said Ward 3 Alderman Chip Wood. “I try to be consistent, and I’m going to be consistent on this vote.” Hill said it would be impossible to see the mobile home “unless you are in a helicopter.” The family was considering two options — a double-wide mobile home or a modular home. Modular housing does meet the building codes and will still be an option for them. The family noted there are several mobile homes in the area. City Attorney Wendell Trapp said those may have been grandfathered or brought into the city through annexation. In another zoning matter, the board approved splitting an “L” shaped lot at 1818 North Madison Street, where Sid Caldwell plans to add a 1,600-square-foot single-family rental property on the newly created lot. The new lot is at the corner of Eighth Street and Douglas Street. An existing house is on the property facing North Madison. The new residence will face Eighth Street with a driveway off Douglas Street. The dividing of the lot also created the need for a variance from the minimum lot size requirement of 15,000 square feet and the rear setback requirement, both of which gained approval.