Officials impose mobile home moratorium in Port Lavaca

A six-month moratorium on building new mobile home subdivisions in Port Lavaca takes effect Thursday.

Requests made by two developers for permission to build prompted the moratorium.

Port Lavaca City Attorney Anne Marie Odefey said the moratorium would allow officials time to create regulations for new mobile home subdivisions.

The two main concerns are sufficient utility capacity and manufactured homes abandoned in place, Odefey said.

"Abandoned homes that become dilapidated are a hazard for the city," she said. "We want that to be the responsibility of the park owners."

Amendments to the existing code of ordinances will address these issues, she said.

"We want this to be a win-win for the citizens and the developers," Odefey said.

Housing has been in short supply for a long time, but the shortage has been exacerbated by the influx of residents working in the booming oil business, said Bob Turner, Port Lavaca city manager.

"We just don't want too many in too many different places," Turner said. "They require the same demand on water, sewer and drainage systems as housing subdivisions."

Turner said he would welcome plans from developers to build affordable housing subdivisions to meet the demand.

"We don't want to cross mobile home subdivisions with housing developments," Turner said.

City officials intend to use the six-month period to discuss potential amendments to the existing ordinances, Turner said.