A plan to speed replacement of older mobile homes in Old Town with new ones won final approval Tuesday from Bluffton Town Council.
That approval came after one member worried the new homes might be rented out once they are replaced.
The ordinance, which won unanimous approval, sets standards for replacing mobile homes and requires that they be reviewed by town staff. The new standards and review would ease the process of replacing aging mobile homes in Old Town, by exempting them from the historic review process other homes are subject to, town officials have said.
However, Councilman Ted Huffman said the ordinance was "regressive" because it didn't have a specific method to qualify the homes for replacement.
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Currently, the 58 homes in Old Town would only have to be owner-occupied to qualify.
Huffman is concerned property owners could replace the homes and quickly rent them out, a move the town would not be able to regulate. Instead, Huffman wants mobile home owners steered to the Affordable Housing Committee to learn about the Bluffton Small Home Series or the town's repair programs.
Mayor Lisa Sulka said the ordinance could be changed in the future, but would be determined by the demand and outcomes of the process.
"We don't know how long a line there will be," she said. "We may only get one person in five years. It will be interesting to see who's coming in."
In other action, council unanimously approved two other measures Tuesday night.
One changes the town's business license ordinance to allow ice cream vendors to operate in the town. Town staff discovered food trucks -- including ice cream trucks -- were prohibited from operating within town limits during a review of the code, deputy town manager Marc Orlando said in June. Council moved quickly to allow ice cream trucks, but did not support allowing other food trucks.
The second approval authorizes a $95,000 budget amendment to fund a police camera system in Old Town. The funds for the 21-camera system, which the Bluffton Police Department says will aid in crime prevention and help monitor large events, will come from hospitality taxes collected in the historic district.
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