Jackson County commissioners reconsider mobile home ban in Compass Lake

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – Jackson County commissioners are reviewing their ordinance regarding mobile homes in the Compass Lake in the Hills subdivision.

The ban on mobile homes in that community has been in effect for years. Commissioners decided to reconsider the ban after the latest request for a variance.

Section 42-455 in the Jackson County ordinance code prohibits residents from having a mobile home placed on residential properties in the Compass Lake in the Hills subdivision.

Mobile homes must be placed in a designated lot. Factors such as property value, housing issues, and general hardship were matters brought up by residents in the hope of adjusting the ordinance.

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“We started getting some of these variance requests over the last couple of years. And that’s what’s really brought this issue to the forefront,” County Administrator Willanne Daniels said.

The most recent variance request got the ball rolling for commissioners to move forward with a possible change.

“We’re not going to hurt anybody. It’s not going to hurt anybody. A lot of people are waiting on this ordinance because nobody can afford to do this in Jackson County wages,” resident Heather Cloud said.

“At last night’s board meeting, there was another variance request that came before the board, and they did approve that variance request based on what they deemed as harsh and hardship based on the presentation of the citizen,” resident Jeff Cloud said.

Compass Lake in the Hills residents Heather and Jeff Cloud, made the request in April of this year. It was addressed during a May 20th planning commission meeting to be presented to county leaders.

During Tuesday’s commission meeting, the board approved the variance to allow Cloud to have her mobile home parked on her property.

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“I’ll make a motion that we’re going to grant this variance,” Commissioner Jim Peacock said.

“I’m certainly not taking a position one way or the other, but we are in a different time right now, just post-hurricane post-covid the housing crisis. So I just think a number of issues have created this increase in various requests,” Peacock said.

Because of the amount of variance requests to keep mobile homes on residential property, commissioners are planning to hold a public hearing on the subject.

“They understand something created the need or the desire for this. But they’re also weighing current times, current circumstances, and the fact that Jackson County is in desperate need of housing,” Peacock said.

A public hearing on the mobile home ordinance will be taking place on June 18th at 6 p.m.

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