Hampton family mobilizes over plans for land

10:00 am | September 25, 2013

Members of a Hampton family worried about the consequences of the potential construction of a mobile home park brought their concerns, and photos, to the county’s authority on planning and zoning.

Jerry Marlow, who owns property near the proposed trailer park near Marlow and Streets lanes in Hampton, said he was concerned that the park would negatively affect his property value.

Photo by Brandon Hicks
Jerry Marlow, who owns property near the proposed trailer park near Marlow and Streets lanes in Hampton, said he was concerned that the park would negatively affect his property value.

On Tuesday afternoon, members of the Marlow family, who live in the area around Marlow and Streets lanes, approached the Carter County Planning Commission about the proposed mobile home park, citing concerns over potential flooding, a reduction in property values, and safety.

Chris Schuettler, the county’s director of planning and zoning, initially introduced the citizens’ concerns to the commission. According to Schuettler, the land in question had gone unused, and unattended, for some time. After the land was bought by a private citizen, however, he said he began to see improvements in the property’s maintenance, and added that she planned to turn a profit on her new land.

“(The owner) has cleaned the property up quite a bit since owning it,” Schuettler said. “She is requesting to put a rural mobile home park in. She has enlisted the services of a surveyor.”

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