Promote Manufactured Housing

APAC's Twin Cities 2018 Comprehensive Planning Project

APAC has launched a new project to engage with local planners and officials to improve their city’s comprehensive plans to support the wellbeing of manufactured housing residents.

Comprehensive plans are guiding documents that city councils use to describe their long-term goals for land-use and housing and to present these ideas to the public. Comprehensive plans are required to be updated in 2018 (and every ten years), which means that cities across the Metropolitan region are currently in the process of renewing and potentially changing the language they use to discuss manufactured housing.

Therefore, the 2018 comprehensive plan update presents an important opportunity for APAC and park residents to engage in shaping city policies regarding manufactured and affordable housing. This is an important chance for resident constituents to ask their city councils to add language to comprehensive plans in support of manufactured housing.

Comprehensive Plans are required describe the city’s strategic approach in the following areas:

- Land Use
- Transportation
- Water Resources
- Parks & Trails
- Housing
- Resilience
- Economic Competitiveness
- Implementation


Learn More and Get Involved

General Procedures for Creating and Amending Comprehensive Plans

Source: http://www.lmc.org/page/1/handbook-for-mn-cities.jsp Chapter 14, pg. 4-6

  • Cities must submit their draft comprehensive plans to local governmental entities for review and comment
  • Cities must submit their comprehensive plans to Metropolitan Council for review of conflicts with regional systems plans
  • Cities must hold a public hearing before formal adoption of a comprehensive plan
  • City councils may adopt or amend comprehensive plans by a two-thirds vote, or simple majority if the issue at hand involves permits for affordable housing
  • The requirements for amending or updating a comprehensive plan are the same as for creating one, including holding and providing notice of a public hearing
  • Cities must submit all amendments to Metropolitan Council
  • A planning commission may be created to oversee the comprehensive plan through an ordinance that clearly describes its duties and responsibilities
  • City councils can submit proposed amendments to the planning commission, and cannot formally ratify new language until they receive a report on the submission from the planning commission, or until sixty days have elapsed
  • The final say on what is approved rests with the city council, not the planning commission, which serves in a strictly advisory role

APAC's General Manufactured Housing Recommendations to City Planners and City Councils

Although they are generally well-researched and professionally-crafted documents, virtually all cities’ comprehensive plans fail to adequately identify and address the needs of manufactured housing residents, and remain silent regarding the many real benefits that manufactured housing can and does bring to the table.

Very few of the comprehensive plans we reviewed recognize that manufactured housing is affordable housing, or that having manufactured housing in the community raises the affordable housing rate, potentially enabling cities to obtain funding for infrastructure improvements under the 2011 Livable Communities Act.

Given this widespread lack of awareness of manufactured housing communities, APAC has launched a letter-writing campaign to city planners and councils in the Metropolitan Region, and we encourage residents and members of the public to reach out to their representatives, council members, and planners, asking for language and policy changes in support of the following issues:

1. Use manufactured housing to address affordability without new large-scale multifamily construction.

2. Change ordinances to allow manufactured homes to be sited in residential districts outside existing parks.

3. Improve your City’s level of affordable housing by reducing loan barriers to move residents into currently vacant manufactured housing units.

4. Generate funding opportunities for repair and maintenance, and set standards for infrastructure in manufactured housing parks.

5. Encourage resident purchase of communities through local tax incentives and first refusal rights.

6. Promote manufactured housing within your comprehensive plan and other city outlets as a primary unsubsidized affordable home-ownership option for low-income working residents.

7. Actively reduce stigma against manufactured housing.

For more detailed descriptions of these points, please review our advocacy letters tailored to particular cities below.

Links to APAC's Recommendations for Specific Cities

If you want to learn more about engaging with a specific city, please follow the links below.

Burnsville Comprehensive Plan Resource Page

Community Liaison Contact Information

If you are a Burnsville Manufactured Housing Resident and would like to get involved, please email owen@allparksallianceforchange.org or call APAC at 1-855-361-2722.

Link to City’s Comprehensive Plan Website:

http://www.burnsville.org/2040

Use the following link to make your voice heard and submit your request that Burnsville improve its comprehensive plan language towards manufactured housing:

http://www.burnsville.org/FormCenter/Planning-28/2040-Comprehensive-Plan...

City Community Engagement/Planner Contact Information

Regina Dean
City Planner
Phone: 952-895-4453
regina.dean@burnsvillemn.gov
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

100 Civic Center Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337

Consulting Organizations

Hoisington Koegler Group Inc.
Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.
Emmons & Oliver Resources, Inc.
Tangible Consulting Services

Links to Burnsville’s Timeline to complete the Comprehensive Plan Update:

http://www.burnsville.org/DocumentCenter/View/11381
http://www.burnsville.org/DocumentCenter/View/11491

Fridley Comprehensive Plan Resource Page

Community Liaison Contact Information

If you are a Fridley Manufactured Housing Resident and would like to get involved, please email owen@allparksallianceforchange.org or call APAC at 1-855-361-2722.

Link to City’s Comprehensive Plan Website:

http://www.ci.fridley.mn.us/567/Comprehensive-Plan

Link to City's Comprehensive Plan Chapter on Housing

http://www.ci.fridley.mn.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/662

City Community Engagement/Planner Contact Information

Planning & Zoning
Main Number: 763-572-3592
Fax: 763-571-1287

Scott Hickok
Community Development Director
Scott.Hickok@FridleyMN.gov
Ph: 763-572-3590

Julie Jones
Planning Manager
Julie.Jones@FridleyMN.gov
Ph: 763-572-3599

Inver Grove Heights Comprehensive Plan Resource Page

Community Liaison Contact Information

If you are an Inver Grove Heights Manufactured Housing Resident and would like to get involved, please email owen@allparksallianceforchange.org or call APAC at 855-361-2722.

Link to City’s Comprehensive Plan Website:

http://www.ci.inver-grove-heights.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=334

City Community Engagement/Planner Contact Information

Tom Link
Community Development Director
Phone: 651-450-2546
tlink@invergroveheights.org

Lakeville Comprehensive Plan Resource Page

Community Liaison Contact Information

If you are a Lakeville Manufactured Housing Resident and would like to get involved, please email owen@allparksallianceforchange.org or call APAC at 855-361-2722.

Link to City’s Planning Website:

http://www.ci.lakeville.mn.us/434/Planning-Commission

Link to City’s Comprehensive Plan:

http://www.ci.lakeville.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/572

Link to Lakeville's Citizen’s Guide to the Comprehensive Plan:

http://www.ci.lakeville.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/575

City Community Engagement/Planner Contact Information

Daryl Morey
Planning Director
dmorey@lakevillemn.gov
952.985.4420

20195 Holyoke Avenue
Lakeville, MN 55044

Maplewood Comprehensive Plan Resource Page

Community Liaison Contact Information

If you are a Maplewood Manufactured Housing Resident and would like to get involved, please email owen@allparksallianceforchange.org or call APAC at 855-361-2722.

Link to City’s Planning Website:

http://maplewoodmn.gov/567/Comprehensive-Plan

Link to City’s Comprehensive Plan Housing Chapter

http://maplewoodmn.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1479

City Community Engagement/Planner Contact Information

Name: Michael Martin, AICP
Title: Economic Development Coordinator
Phone: (651) 249-2303
Email: Michael.Martin@maplewoodmn.gov

Mounds View Comprehensive Plan Resource Page

Community Liaison Contact Information

If you are a Mounds View Manufactured Housing Resident and would like to get involved, please email owen@allparksallianceforchange.org or call APAC at 855-361-2722.

Link to City’s Planning Website:

http://www.ci.mounds-view.mn.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B076ED731-8...

Link to Mounds View's Comprehensive Plan:

http://www.ci.mounds-view.mn.us/vertical/sites/%7B9DACB450-86B3-4304-946...

City Community Engagement/Planner Contact Information

Jon Sevald, Planner
763.717.4022
jon.sevald@ci.mounds-view.mn.us

Plymouth Comprehensive Plan Resource Page

Community Liaison Contact Information

If you are a Plymouth Manufactured Housing Resident and would like to get involved, please email owen@allparksallianceforchange.org or call APAC at 855-361-2722.

Link to City’s Planning Website:

http://www.plymouthmn.gov/departments/community-development/planning/com...

City Community Engagement/Planner Contact Information

Barbara Thomson, Planning Manager
bthomson@plymouthmn.gov
763-509-5452

Planning Division
Plymouth City Hall
3400 Plymouth Blvd.
Plymouth, MN 55447-1482
P 763-509-5450
F 763-509-5407
planning@plymouthmn.gov

Ways to Become Involved in Your City's Comprehensive Planning Process

The silence regarding manufactured housing in comprehensive plans is a symptom of the reduced political power that manufactured housing communities have at their disposal, and if not remedied, will enable and perpetuate misinformed policies based on stigma towards these communities that are not in anyone’s best interest.

We recommend that park residents and stakeholders band together to engage in the 2018 comprehensive plan update process. The goal of this approach is to encourage cities to use more supportive language towards manufactured housing and to create robust frameworks and awareness that support manufactured housing communities. This webpage can be used as an initial resource to help residents get started with their involvement with this process.

Easy ways to get engaged:

  • Review your city’s Comprehensive Plan (Google your city’s name and “Comprehensive Plan” to find their website) or follow links to specific cities below, if available.
  • Attend comprehensive plan public hearings and meetings to voice your concerns and desire for more constructive language towards manufactured housing in the comprehensive plan. Review our advocacy letters to help formulate your requests.
  • Write letters to your City Council and elected representatives (they assume that one letter from you is representative of many more voices in your community who did not take time to write, so even one letter can go a long way).
  • Call your City Council Member, City Planner, Community Engagement Representative, and elected representatives and ask for changes in comprehensive plan language and policies towards manufactured housing.
  • Inquire about joining your local planning commission.
  • Get on your planning commission’s email lists to receive ongoing updates.
  • Engage with your neighbors and organize local groups – schedule meetings and get the word out!
  • Start a resident association for added impact.
  • Identify additional elements of the comprehensive plan (like parks and recreation, etc.) that you find important and engage with the committees who oversee them. This will give you added leverage and additional legitimacy when advocating for language and policy change regarding manufactured housing.
  • Identify a community liaison and teams that organizes resident engagement with the planning process across parks. Activities could include delivering flyers, setting up meetings, maintaining contact lists of actively engaged residents, engaging with the planning commission, and developing proposals to submit to city council.

Please review the links below for further information and feel free to contact us by email (info@allparksallianceforchange.org) or by phone (651-644-5525) for additional guidance on how to get involved.

Links to Planning and Organizing Resources

Link to APAC Community Organizing Manual
http://allparksallianceforchange.org/?q=organizing/manual

Link to Arden Hill’s Citizen’s Guide to Planning
http://www.cityofardenhills.org/DocumentCenter/View/168

An Activist’s Guide to Land Use Planning
http://www.sierraclub.org/sites/www.sierraclub.org/files/sce/north-star-chapter/pdf/activistsGuideToLandUsePlanning.pdf

American Planning Association Citizen Planner Handbook
http://www.planningmn.org/vertical/sites/%7B90040865-D256-42F0-9D0D-9C70F73691EF%7D/uploads/Citizen-Planner-Handbook_Nov20121.pdf

Minnesota Environmental Quality Board - A Citizen’s Guide: Community Decision-Making Basics
https://www.eqb.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/files/Citizen's%20Guide-ER%20and%20LGUs.pdf

Minneapolis Community Planning & Economic Development – Neighborhood Guide for Developing Planning Documents
http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/www/groups/public/@cped/documents/webcontent/convert_265104.pdf