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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (651-644-5525) for additional guidance on how to get involved.