WSR 02-15-099

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY,

TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

[ Filed July 17, 2002, 10:51 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The Office of Manufactured Housing (OMH) (a.k.a. the Office of Mobile Home Affairs) must develop rules to address changes to chapter 59.21 RCW, the mobile home relocation assistance program. Subjects of rule making include establishing allowable relocation reimbursement expenses and defining the criteria for eligibility. Rule making will also address criteria for what constitutes a home that is "not relocatable," and criteria for what constitutes proof of park closure due to "park owner fraud" or "health and safety concerns."

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 59.21 RCW, RCW 43.330.040.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rules on the subjects noted above are required due to recent amendments to chapter 59.21 RCW. The rules are necessary to define allowable relocation expenses, to establish criteria for eligibility, and to establish procedures for making distributions from the mobile home relocation assistance fund.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Draft rules will be mailed to stakeholders. Feedback will be accepted in writing as well as at two public hearings, one in eastern Washington and one in western Washington. OMH will request and consider comments from all affected parties.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Teri Ramsauer, Office of Manufactured Housing, P.O. Box 48350, Olympia, WA 98504-8350, phone (360) 725-2960, fax (360) 586-5880, e-mail terir@cted.wa.gov. Draft rules will be mailed to stakeholders. Feedback will be accepted in writing or by e-mail as well as at two public hearings, one in eastern Washington and one in western Washington.

July 16, 2002

Martha Choe

Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office