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Ordinance 914.  C-3 Mobile Home Parks and Mobile Home Subdivisions
An Ordinance Amending Ordinance 616 of the City of Mena, Arkansas
Section 1.  A zoning designation of C-3 is hereby established for mobile home parks and mobile home subdivisions:
  1. Characteristics:  A high density area designed to encourage the development of properly planned mobile home parks and subdivisions in a residential environment.
  2. General Uses:  The following and all essentially similar uses are permitted in this zone:
    Mobile Home Parks
    Mobile Home Subdivisions
  3. Conditional Uses:  The following uses may be permitted after the Planning Commission has approved the site plan:
    1.  Churches; Public, private and parochial schools and colleges (not including industrial trade schools); parks, playground, and open spaces; utility substations.

    2.  Accessory Commercial Uses:  Grocery Stores, Drug Stores, Barber and Beauty Shops, Laundries and cleaners, Restaurants (not drive-in).

    In a mobile home park containing at least, one hundred (100) dwelling units, there may be provided for the convenience of residents of the development an accessory commercial area.  The above accessory commercial uses and other similar uses may be permitted in the accessory commercial area after approval of the Planning Commission, provided such commercial area meet the following conditions.

    1.   The gross floor area devoted to commercial purposes shall not exceed ten (10) square feet for each mobile home space in the mobile home park development.

    2.  No commercial use within the mobile home park shall be closer than two hundred (200) feet to any boundary of the mobile home park.

    3.  Any commercial use shall present no visible evidence of its commercial character from outside the mobile home park.
  4. Any C-3 Zone lot established, and permanent structures erected on any C-3 Zone lot after the effective date of this ordinance shall comply with the following bulk and area requirements:

    1.  Minimum lot area:  7,000 square feet.

    2.  Minimum lot width at building line:  60 feet

    3.  Maximum building lot coverage (provided minimum setbacks are observed):  65%

    4.  Structures shall be set back at least fifteen (15) feet from property lines adjacent to street lines if no parking is permitted.  Where parking is provided between the structure and property lines adjacent to street, such structure shall be set back at least forty (40) feet from the property line.  Structures shall be set back at least ten (10) feet from the rear lot line and from side lot lines.

    5.  Structures shall be set back at least fifteen (15) feet from side property line adjacent to a street line if parking is not permitted.  Where parking is provided between the structures and the side property line adjacent to street, such structure shall be set back at least thirty (30) feet from the property line.  If side property lines are not adjacent to a street, structures shall be set back at least ten (10) feet from the rear lot line.
  5. Minimum size for new zone, four (4) acres.
  6. Off-Street Parking Required:

    1.  Residential zone lots - one (1) space per dwelling unit.

    2.  Non-residential use lots shall provide parking for anticipated demand.
  7. It shall be unlawful to park any mobile home to be occupied for dwelling or sleeping purposes within the city limits of the City of Mena, as the same now exists or may be hereafter designated, outside a licensed mobile home park or an approved mobile home subdivision, with the exception of R-5 zoned tracts.
ZONE C-3:  An Ordinance to establish criteria for operation of a mobile home park.
  1. "Mobile home" means any vehicle or similar portable structure having been constructed with wheels, whether or not such wheels have been removed, and having no foundation other than wheels, jacks, or skirting and so designed or constructed as to permit occupancy for dwelling or sleeping purposes.
  2. "Mobile home park" means any plot of ground upon which one or more mobile homes occupied for dwelling or sleeping purposes are located, regardless of whether or not a charge is made for such accommodation.
  3. "Mobile home space" means a plot of ground within a mobile home park designed for the accommodation of one (1) mobile home.

Mobile home parks may be located in any area zoned C-3.  A detailed site plan showing all requirements shall be submitted to the Code Enforcement Officer for approval.  Where any boundary of a mobile home park directly abuts property which is improved with a permanent residential building or directly abuts unimproved property which may, under existing laws and regulations, be used for permanent residential building construction, a wall, solid fence, or hedge screen with a minimum height above a finished grade of six (6) feet shall be provided along such boundary.


The mobile home park shall conform to the following requirements:

  1. The mobile home park shall be located on a well-drained site, properly graded to insure rapid drainage and free from stagnant pools of water.
  2. Each mobile home shall provide mobile home spaces and each shall be clearly defined or delineated.  Each space shall have a minimum dept of sixty (60) feet and width of no less than forty (40) feet.  Each space shall be a minimum of two thousand four hundred (2,400) square feet.
  3. Mobile homes shall be soc located on each space that there shall be at least a fifteen (15) foot clearance in all directions between mobile homes or buildings within the mobile home park.  No mobile home shall be located closer than ten (10) feet to any property line of the park, which does not abut upon a public street or highway.  No mobile home shall be located closer than twenty-five (25) feet to any property line of the park abutting upon a public street or highway or such other distance as may be established by ordinance or regulations as a front yard or setback requirement, with respect to conventional buildings in the zone in which the mobile home park is located.
  4. All mobile home spaces shall abut upon a curb and gutter roadway of not less than twenty-two (22) feet in width, which shall have unobstructed access to a public street or highway.
  5. All roadways and walkways within the park shall be hard surfaced and area lighting shall be required at all roadway intersections and at three hundred (300) feet intervals along all roadways and walkways.  The minimum size for lamps shall be one hundred seventy-five (175) watts mercury vapor or equivalent.
  6. Electrical services shall be constructed in accordance with the current adopted City Electrical Code.
  7. Foliage shall be considered in the plan review.
  8. All mobile home units shall be underpinned.

An adequate supply of pure water for drinking and domestic purposes shall be supplied by pipes to all buildings and mobile home spaces within the park to meet the requirements of the park.  Each mobile home space shall be provided with a cold water tap at least four inches above the ground.  An adequate supply of hot water shall be provided at all times in the service building of all bathing, washing, and cleaning facilities.


Each mobile home park shall provide sanitation facilities in compliance with the rules and regulations pertaining to mobile home and travel trailer parks as adopted by the Arkansas Board of Health.

  1. Service buildings housing sanitation facilities shall be permanent structures complying with all applicable ordinances and statutes regulating buildings, electrical installations, and plumbing and sanitation systems.
  2. The service buildings shall be well lighted at all times of the day and night, shall be well ventilated with screened openings, shall be constructed of such moisture proof material, which may be painted woodwork, as shall permit repeated cleaning and washing and shall be maintained at a temperature of at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the period from October 1 to May 1.  The floors of the service buildings shall be of water impervious material.
  3. All service buildings and the grounds of the park shall be maintained in a clean, sightly condition and kept free of any condition that will menace the health of any occupant or the public or constitute a nuisance.
  1. Waste from showers, bathtubs, flush toilets, urinals, lavatories and slop inks in service and other buildings within the park shall be discharged into a public sewer system in compliance with applicable ordinances or into a private sewer and disposal plant system of such construction and in such manner as will present no health hazard.
  2. Each mobile home space shall be provided with a sewer at least four (4) inches in diameter, which shall be connected to receive the waste from the shower, bathtub, flush toilet, lavatory and kitchen sink of the mobile home harbored in such space and having any or all of such facilities.  The sewer in each space shall be connected to discharge the mobile home waste into a public sewer system in compliance with applicable ordinances or into a private sewer and disposal plant system of such manner as will present no health hazard.  Plans for construction of sewage disposal and/or treatment facilities shall be approved by the State Board of Health and the City of Mena.

Metal garbage cans with tight fitting covers shall be provided in quantities adequate to permit disposal of all garbage and rubbish.  Number and location of individual cans or larger central use containers shall be approved by the Sanitation Department.  Garbage cans shall be located not further than three hundred (300) feet from any mobile home space.  The cans shall be kept in sanitary condition at all times.  Garbage and rubbish shall be collected and disposed of as frequently as may be necessary to insure that the garbage cans shall not overflow.


Every park shall be equipped at all times with fire extinguishing equipment and hydrants in good working order of such type, size and number and so located within the park as to satisfy applicable regulations of the Fire Department.  No open fires shall be permitted at any place which may endanger life or property.  No fires shall be left unattended at any time.


No owner or person in charge of any dog, cat or other pet animal shall permit it to run at large or commit any nuisance within the limits of any mobile home park.


The licensee or permittee, or a duly authorized attendant or caretaker, shall be in charge at all times to keep the mobile home par, its facilities, and equipment in a clean, orderly, and sanitary condition.  The attendant or caretaker shall be answerable, with the licensee or permittee, for the violation of any provision of this ordinance to h the license or permittee is subject.


Each mobile home space shall have a minimum of two (2) off road way, ten (10) by twenty (20), all weather parking spaces.


The validity of this ordinance and adopted code are deemed separable so that the invalidity of any section or provision of this ordinance hereby adopted shall not invalidate other sections or provisions thereof that are in conflict with this ordinance and are hereby repealed.


An emergency is hereby declared to exist by reasons of the immediate need for mobile home parks in the City of Mena and the delay thereof will be detrimental to the public health and safety, and provisions of this ordinance being necessary for the preservation of the public health and safety, the same shall be in full force in the effect immediately upon its adoption and passage.

Passed this 6th day of November, 1990.
Jerry Montgomery, Mayor Attest:  Regina Walker, City Clerk
Information is deemed reliable; however, we recommend that you check with City Hall prior to purchasing property to insure that the proper facility can be built on the property.  You may need a zoning variance.
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