More Tiny Neighborhoods Are Coming
November 21, 2016
Tiny homes are still mostly illegal in the majority of the country since they don’t tend to meet municipalities’ zoning and building standards. But more cities are looking to change ordinances to pave the way for entire tiny home neighborhoods.
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Tiny homes are usually between 200 to 600 square feet. They can be on wheels or on a foundation. They tend to be more affordable than traditional homes. However, the growing movement of tiny homes is often centered more on the idea of simplifying your life and even sustainability.
Tiny home neighborhoods are springing up in areas like Texas, Florida, and Colorado. For example, in Spur, Texas, town officials changed ordinances in 2014 in order to make claims to “America’s first tiny house friendly town.”
"Most of America is struggling with affordability,” Alexis Stephens of Tiny House Expedition told CNNMoney. "We can activate existing land and create housing that is affordable by design."
In Spur, tiny home residents are able to buy land in the city to build on.
“This is a fairly new concept in the tiny house world: ownership of a house and land in a subdivision,” says Danny Schallenberg, a tiny house builder and developer in Spur. About a mile from the downtown, there will be an entire area for tiny homes that will sit on two acres with 22 homes, priced between $30,000 to $50,000.
In Rockledge, Fla., plans for another tiny home community consisting of 13 homes is currently underway, after city officials made a change to its zoning laws.
Source: “Tiny Home Living Is Having a Moment,” CNNMoney (Nov. 14, 2016)
Updated: December 06, 2019