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Lillington woman denied permit to replace home

Posted August 13, 2009

— A Lillington woman whose house was destroyed by a fire will not be allowed to put a mobile home in its place, the town’s Board of Commissioners ruled.

Malinda Harris, 53, lived at 206 Washington St. most of her life until a fire destroyed her home in April.

She is renting a place on the outskirts of Lillington but recently requested to put her own mobile home on the lot.

“If I can get something to live in here, I’ll be satisfied,” Harris said.

Under the current ordinance, someone wanting to put a mobile home within town limits must get a conditional use permit. The planning board recommended to the board that it allow the mobile home, given Harris’ circumstances, but in a 3-2 vote, the request was denied.

Lillington Town Hall Lillington woman denied permit for mobile home

“It’s very important because I grew up here. I have family here. I go to church right here,” Harris said.

There are other mobile homes on Washington Street, but they were placed before Lillington revised its zoning.

The three commissioners who voted against Harris' request could not be reached for comment.

“I made my decision based on the laws and ordinances of Lillington. We have a great planning board who looks at these issues in great depth. They recommended approval. With no ‘local community’ disapproval, I did not feel there was reasonable evidence to not grant (a) conditional use permit,” Commissioner Sonya Arnold said in a handwritten letter on Thursday.

Commissioners suggested a modular home for the site, but Harris said that would be out of her price range.


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  • fkhaywood Aug 14, 2009

    Probablt doesn't have insurance on her old home. And can't afford the difference between a modular home and a trailer, makes perfect sense to me. She doesn't live in a high dollar neighborhood.

  • lilreno is in the wind Aug 14, 2009

    Sounds like communism to me. It's her property, let her do what she wants with it!

  • Myra Aug 14, 2009

    When was the last time anything was done by officials or law makers in North Carolina that was in the best interest of humans? In the year 2009, North Carolina is passing a Racial Justice Law! Well, that took a while didn't it!! The LAW and JUSTICE should be on the same side.

    If the lady was an animal, she would have the media, lawyers, citizens, and organizations coming to her rescue.

    STOP repeat offenders - Don't Re-Elect them!!

  • wanderer Aug 13, 2009

    commonsensical - I hope you never have anything happen to you or your family that knocks you off that holier than thou pedestal.

  • commonsensical Aug 13, 2009

    I agree with Lillington's decision. She should have had insurance (like I pay for) that would cover the replacement cost of the home - then she wouldn't be having these problems. Mobile homes older than 10 years are banned from most counties, as far as I'm aware. Newer modular homes are quite affordable as well, especially in this market.

  • justjean Aug 13, 2009

    There is a simple fix to this problem, just don't vote for those 3 county commissioners next election.

  • NCishome Aug 13, 2009

    Had the same problem in Wendell several years ago. My Mother (65yrs old at the time) had a trailer that was falling down around her. We found a newer model that she could afford. The Planning staff wanted her to purchase something she could not afford. This was to improve the home not make it worst. It would have fit in to the neighborhood, since there were other trailers close by all on over 1 acere. This was just in their ETJ so the Town did not provide any service to her what so ever. They just caused her to have to sell her property and then try to find a place to live. So now she has to pay rent on a home she will never own.
    One day they will have to look after their parents and will have to walk in my shoes, I hope they will remember that they put someone out of their home.
    The property sold very quickly thank goodness. Then it took over two years for the house that was moved to be completed, which was an more of an eyesore than the trailer that would have been there.

  • wcco Aug 13, 2009

    Has the Board of Commissioners been out there to look at this street ? There is a crumbling warehouse next door , a water tank that is on it's last legs, and the neighbors have a cheap aluminum car port that I'll bet money a permit was never applied for to put up. This isn't exactly the upper districts here. This is a shame that people should be treated like this after their house has burned down.