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Spring Hope relaxes mobile home roof rules

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SPRING HOPE — Placing a manufactured home in Spring Hope just got a lot cheaper.

The Spring Hope Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday night to change a zoning text amendment to reduce the required roof pitch on manufactured homes.

The change in roof angle will mean around a $6,000 savings for manufactured home buyers, said Frank Brown, owner and operator of Frank’s Home Place in Nashville.

The town had required a 4/12 roof pitch, which means a roof rises 4 inches in height for every 12 inches in length as measured horizontally from the edge to the centerline of the roof. The new requirement is 3/12, which means roofs won’t have to be as steep, but will maintain a slanted triangle look, according to the N.C. Manufactured and Modular Homebuilders Association.

Spring Hope Town Manager Jae Kim said the 4/12 pitch requirement proved restrictive and burdensome. Potential town residents experienced purchasing deals falling through due to the extra costs.

“This isn’t about safety,” Kim said. “It’s about aesthetics.”

The town made the rule years ago so manufactured homes wouldn’t have flat roofs and instead look more like stick-built houses. Most people can’t tell the difference between a 4-12 roof and a 3/12 roof with measuring it, Kim said.

Town Commissioner Ricky Tucker said a double standard existed since stick-built houses don’t have roof pitch rules.

“There’s nothing wrong with that,” Kim said. “This is all for aesthetic reasons.”

Commissioner Brenda Lucas asked whether the only real difference between 4/12 and 3/12 is how it looks. Kim said yes.

The town planning board recommended the change.

The board voted to hold its September meeting on Sept. 3 due to the Laboy Day holiday.