Longview council denies permit for mobile home park
Longview, TX — The City Council on Thursday leveled a developer’s plans to bring manufactured homes to an industrial Greggton neighborhood.
Council members split 3-3 on whether to grant a special-use permit to developer Michael Dunn to build a 15-unit mobile home park on Stevens and Bois D’Arc streets.
More than 20 percent of adjacent property owners petitioned against Dunn’s application, meaning that Dunn needed a super-majority of at least 75 percent of the council, or five votes, for approval.
In reality, the motion died when District 2 Councilman Daryl Williams seconded a motion from District 1’s John Sims to deny the permit, Mayor Jay Dean said. Williams, Sims and Kasha Williams voted for denial, while Wayne Frost, Sidney Allen and Richard Manley voted against denial.
Despite pleas from Dunn, who said the park would be far better than the stereotypical trailer park, Sims said the area’s infrastructure could not sustain the added burden.
Stevens and Bois D’Arc streets are holdovers from Greggton, a longtime community annexed into Longview in the 1950s. The neighborhood still uses four-inch sewer lines and can not handle the added stress of at least 15 new households, Sims said.
“They’ve already had some sewage back up in Ms. (neighbor Patsy) Linton’s home,” Sims said. “The city had to go out there and pump it all out. I just felt it was going to cost the city a bunch of money.”
Linton was among several neighbors to speak against Dunn’s plan, to City Council members on Thursday and at a May meeting of the Planning and Zoning Board, which recommended Dunn’s request by unanimous vote. Most neighbors said the manufactured home park would burden streets and increase noise.
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