Sequim approves moratorium on manufactured home redevelopment

City staff to seek code changes to preserve parks

SEQUIM — To help preserve manufactured home parks as more affordable housing options in Sequim, city council members recently enacted a six-month moratorium on redevelopment applications for those parks if it is for any project other than manufactured homes.

For the moratorium, city staff were directed to consider zoning options, such as a manufactured home overlay to protect park residents from potentially losing their homes in a redevelopment project.

Council members unanimously made the decision for a moratorium on Aug. 14 in response to continued concern from manufactured home residents about losing their homes to potential development.

City attorney Kristina Nelson-Gross said under the moratorium, the Department of Community Development is authorized to reject and return any application if an applicant or owner applies to redevelop a manufactured home park for anything other than that type of use.

She said there are no applications in process to redevelop any manufactured home parks.

Unless lifted prior to the deadline, the moratorium will go through Feb. 14 and require a public hearing within 60 days. Each extended moratorium would require a similar public hearing.

Doug Wright, a manufactured home resident in the city, thanked city council members prior to their vote in public comments as he and others have been advocating for months for the council to change the policy to protect manufactured home residents.

“This could begin as a wave that could sweep across the Peninsula to help many, many communities,” he said.

City staff identified 13 manufactured home/mobile home parks in the city with 596 existing units and 786 approved dwelling units.

Previously, there was a zone for mobile home and manufactured home parks prior to a 2015 Comprehensive Plan update. Now the 13 parks are within four different zoning districts, according to city staff.

City staff said one option they could pursue would be to re-create the mobile and manufactured park zoning designation and a new code designation for these parks in the Comprehensive Plan.

Another option could include creating a manufactured home park overlay that leaves the parks unaffected but that city staff could still create measures or regulations for these homes to limit redevelopment or further regulate uses.

At a June meeting, city staff said any changes would need to align with the city’s Comprehensive Plan, Municipal Code and land maps. In their Aug. 14 report, staff added that any update would also require a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) public comment period, a state Department of Commerce review, and a Sequim Planning Commission review and public hearing.

Staff reported that any Sequim Municipal Code changes would reflect legislative changes from Senate Bill 5198 and House Bill 1129 that require landlords to provide notice when listing a park for sale and three years notice when closing or converting it to a different land use.

Alongside policy changes to preserve manufactured home parks, residents also advocated to city council members and Clallam County commissioners for rent or lease control as they said landlords/owners were increasing rent/leases beyond their capabilities.

State legislation to limit rent/lease increases in manufactured home parks did not pass, and Nelson-Gross said in June the council does not hold rent control capabilities.


Matthew Nash is a reporter with the Olympic Peninsula News Group, which is composed of Sound Publishing newspapers Peninsula Daily News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum. Reach him at

More in News

White House tells federal agencies prepare for shutdown

Deadlock in Congress could mean funding runs out Oct. 1

A vehicle makes its way across the Elwha River Bridge west of Port Angeles on Friday morning as a plume of wildfire smoke filters down the river valley. The smoke, which originated from seven named wildfires near the center of Olympic National Park, settled through the Elwha drainage to lower elevations, creating hazardous air in lower portions of the valley and unhealthy conditions in surrounding areas.
Smoke pools into Port Angeles area; begins to disperse late Friday

Rain expected to help clear air this weekend

PA council hopeful’s STR in an unpermitted zone

Property no longer rented short-term, candidate says

Complaints of STRs soar in wake of PA moratorium

Police enforce code on short-term rentals with limited staff

Town halls set on Peninsula tourism

The Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau will conduct four town… Continue reading

DOT truck breakdown causes backup east of Sequim

A broken down state Department of Transportation construction truck backed… Continue reading

Port Angeles firefighters and a Clallam County technical rescue team place a litter onto a ladder track after pulling a person from a water tank at the site of the former Rayonier pulp mill on Thursday morning in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Man rescued from abandoned water tank

Unknown how or why he got there

Most Read