Waveland sets rules for permanent cottages

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi cottage residents in Waveland will be allowed to stay in their cottages. That's according to a pending agreement between city officials and the state.

A draft of the agreement provided to WLOX News states that current cottage dwellers may purchase their unit from MEMA, but they must have owned the property where it will be located prior to Katrina. It also must have been the occupant's primary place of residence.

The cottages will also be allowed in commercial mobile home parks. The cottages will not be allowed in flood zones, and they can not be rented or leased to any other party.

Once a landowner rebuilds, the cottage must be removed before a certificate of occupancy will be issued.

Permits to raise and permanently place the cottage must be obtained by May 1, 2009 and work must be completed by June 30, 2009.

The Mississippi Center for Justice says most of Waveland's cottage dwellers would be left out under the city's plan, and the rules put more restrictions on MEMA cottages than other modular homes. The Center is representing citizens suing Waveland to keep their cottages.

Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo expected the agreement to be signed soon. It would take effect immediately.