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Old 11-02-2018, 08:38 AM   #51
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Around this part of Michigan, the "homeowner associations" have all of the newer subdivisions "locked up" to prevent mobile homes, campers and mini-houses from being placed in their area of control. That includes almost all of the RR (rural recreational) property, whether it's half acre lots or 120 acre plats of land. If it's zoned RR and in Otsego county, it's restricted. The townships and the county building codes, for the most part, don't prohibit "mini-houses" by definition, but in Otsego County, the minimum house size "for permanent footing" must be 720 sqft. The county further restricts all trailers as "temporary dwellings" which must maintain the ability to be moved on their own axles, within a 30 minute notice. So, no "Amish barns", no "storage sheds turned into cabins", no "building a roof over a travel trailer and adding a patio to the side" or no "parking a fifth wheel and putting it on blocks and removing the axles"...

Sure, there are people who do it all the time. There are a couple of "free camping squatters" in the Pigeon River State Forest out where I hunt that have been in the same location since last March. Rules say, maximum of 2 weeks and the "self documented permit" must be displayed at the camp. Those "campers" have simply taken down the old permit, filled out a new permit with current dates, posted it and declared that it's a "new campsite" because the permit is new..... It's obvious they've been there the entire time, brick/stone fire pits, buried field lines to dispose of waste, well worn paths around the camp and several cords of firewood split and stacked.....

For the most part, around here, the "legal" requirements prohibit camping, even on your own property, on a permanent basis, living on your own property requires a minimum 720 sqft building, which eliminates all "mini-houses" and almost all single wide mobile homes and all "storage shed type cabins".


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