I still stand by the fact that 6 months of a job or internship in planning can teach you more than a year in grad school.... case in point.
On the surface it's a simple expansion of a non-conforming use. Mobile home in a R-1 zone, R-1 says no mobile homes. This one is grandfathered in. R-2 will allow mobile homes but the property is well within the R-1 zone so we can't rezone it to be included with the neighboring R-2 (which allows mobile homes). In school we just learn that you say sorry and we cannot accommodate your request to expand your mobile home.
Fast forward out of school into real life. Woman and her 7 children were living in the said mobile home. DSS took her 7 children (+1 on the way) until she could have a larger home (more than 2 bedrooms in a mobile home) to accommodate them. Now what do you do? I feel horrible having to make this phone call because I know this woman cannot afford to move into a larger mobile home but could afford to buy a smaller mobile home to attach to the existing one, but that would be an expansion of a non-conforming and I cannot do that.
I always stand by the mantra of "if I let you get away with it why should I say no to your neighbor, where do I draw the line".
What would you do? Are there any remedies? Just goes to show that planning is never black and white and is not what you learned in school.
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