The Montgomery Council, in an effort to provide more low-cost housing last week unanimously passed a bill allowing double-wide mobile homes in the country.
Council member Elizabeth Scull, who sponsored the legislation, said, "In many jurisdictions in the country, the need for moderate-income housing is supplied by mobile homes.
"They never permitted in this county because of the way they looked, but now the industry has learned to make them so attractive that you can hardly distinguish them from the rambler-type homes in the county."
Under the new legislation, residents could live in the double-wide mobile homes on any tract of land that they own. The homes must be at least 24 feet by 40 feet, have a gabled or slanted roof and be permantly attached to a foundation. The homes also must have foundation walls around their perimeters.
Most of the homes sell for $20,000 to $30,000 and have a living room, two or three bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. Most are furnished.
At a recent hearing on the bill, only one of several dozen speakers was against it.
Council member Neal Potter said he talked to "a few people from Kensington who were worried about the bill. But I don't think anyone is going to put a $30,000 house on a $60,000 lot."