SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- The City of Springfield planning commission voted to recommend the denial of a rezoning request for the Patrician mobile home park.
City officials said the commission voted four to three against the proposed zoning change. It will now go to the city council on Sept. 3.
Currently the property on Game Farm Road holds 81 mobile or manufactured homes. Residents at the mobile home park, which is for people 55 years old or older, say they’re worried they could lose their homes if the land is rezoned for commercial use.
Earlier in the year city officials said the property’s owner told residents he wants to redevelop the property within the next 10 years. Many residents expressed concerns they wouldn’t have anywhere to go.
“I had put all my savings into this place, so I really don’t have a plan B,” said Joelle Sherman.
Residents spoke against the rezoning application at a public hearing on May 7.
During that meeting, Teresa Bishow of Bishow Consulting, LLC represented the owner of Patrician Mobile Home Park in Springfield. She said the plan is not to force people out of their homes right now.
"Approval of the plan amendment would create for the City of Springfield a new mixed-use designated site that's 13 acres in size," Bishow said.
For more information about tenant and landlord rights regarding mobile home parks, you can visit the Manufactured Communities Resource Center.