BOCC adopts Ordinance 498, an interim moratorium on modular home permits

Building permit applications for modular homes in certain future land use designations cannot be accepted, nor can any building permits be issued from December 18, 2013 until Land Development Regulations are revised or 12 months from December 18, 2013, whichever occurs first.

 What is a moratorium? A moratorium is a temporary halting of certain types of development activities. Such an action is done for the purpose of giving a local government time to plan, consider, review, adopt and/or revise its land development regulations.

Where does the Moratorium apply? Building permits for modular homes will not be accepted or issued on lands with the following future land use designation as depicted on the Future Land Use Map: Residential Rural Density, Rural Heritage, Residential Estate Densities, Low Density Residential, Medium Density Residential, High Density Residential and Commercial Office/Residential.

Modular home permits will continue to be accepted and issued in the Mobile Home, Agricultural and Agricultural Ranchette future land use designations, as previously permitted by the Land Development Regulations.

How long does the moratorium last? The moratorium will be in effect until the Land Development Regulations are revised or 12 months from December 18, 2013, whichever occurs first.

Are other types of structures affected? No, this moratorium does not apply to:

Commercial modular structures;

Classroom portables;

Pre-manufactured accessory structures such as sheds;

Site build homes;

Mobile homes.

Are applications for site plans affected? The interim moratorium does not prohibit the submittal of applications for site plan approval and/or plat approval for a subdivision or a multiple family residential development where modular homes will be placed.  If the site plan approval, post approval, clearing and site preparation is complete before the moratorium expires or the land development regulations are revised then the moratorium could affect the acceptance and issuance of building permits for modular homes.

What are the next steps? Proposed changes to the Land Development Regulations regarding modular homes will be drafted by Martin County staff. Public hearings before the Local Planning Agency, and two public hearings before the Martin County Board of County Commissioners must be held prior to the adoption of any proposed changes. Depending on the scope of the changes multiple public hearings may be required.

Can the public participate in this process?   Yes. Public participation is welcome. Notice of a public hearing will be published in the Stuart News a minimum of 10 days prior to a public hearing.

Public comment may be sent to Nicki van Vonno, Director, Martin County Growth Management Department, 2401 S.E. Monterey Road, Stuart Florida 34996. For more information contact Clyde Dulin, Principal Planner at cdulin@martin.fl.us or (772) 288-5495.

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