A new ordinance that went into effect on January 3rd, in Fresno, California, allows tiny houses to be placed on residential property legally.
According to the Fresno Bee, tiny houses on wheels are now… “considered backyard cottages thanks to changes in the city’s zoning and development code. That means tiny homes can be used as independent living quarters on the same lot as a single-family house granted it meets some requirements. Previously, the mobile units could only serve as temporary lodging.”
Pat Mosley, owner of California Tiny House, a Fresno builder, worked with Fresno City Council Member Esmeralda Soria on changing the code.
In June of 2015 the Rockledge City Council moved forward with new zoning regulations that will allow for the creation of tiny house developments.
Pocket neighborhoods encompass a cluster of tiny houses gathered around a shared open space. Neighbors know each other and are willing to look out for each other. A pocket neighborhood is also well-suited to empty nesters and senior citizens, who crave for a sense of community without the upkeep of a regular-sized house.—floridatoday.com
The city’s plan calls for tiny houses of at least 250 square feet, with an additional 100 square feet for each additional resident.
Rene Hardee, who led the campaign for the new zoning regulations, is now looking for developers interested in creating a tiny house pocket neighborhood, with her family among the first residents.
Lemon Cove Village is an RV park dedicated to tiny houses on wheels, and is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, in the foothills of the western Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, just 19 miles east of Visalia. The community of Lemon Cove has a tiny population–only 350 people–and the property itself is studded with oak trees and the air is fresh.
There are 55 sites on eleven acres; 30 sites with full hookups (sewer, water, electric) and the rest with partial hookups. There’s a community garden, and the park is dog-friendly.
The park is open to not just tiny house owners, but also anyone building a tiny house! There is even an apartment on the property available to rent, while you build your tiny house.
Space rent is $450 – $595 for a regular space, or $125 – $150 for a build site.
In July of 2014, Spur Texas declared itself the first tiny house friendly town, and invited the tiny house community to settle in Spur. The motivation was a declining population in Spur, and a desire to reverse that trend and bring in “do’ers from all walks of life who value self-sufficient sustainability and practical progress” via appealing to tiny house owners.
Spur is a classic West Texas town which has undergone a dramatic population drain to the big cities over the last few decades. Once a town of several thousand, Spur has all the infrastructure you would expect of a city, with paved roads, city electric/water/sewage, and even fiber optic internet. But with only about 1,000 people, the city has hundreds of vacant lots and abandoned buildings and several vacant commercial buildings.
Prices for acreage average around $1,500 per acre. Lots in town, owned by the County, average around $500 each. Each lot is about 1/6th of an acre with the dimension ranging from 60′ x 120′ to 50′ x 160′.
And the regulations? They’re pretty loose in Spur Texas!
If you have or want a THOW, you can order it, build it, and park it in Spur, with access to utilities – if you want them – without having to hide from building inspectors. If pursuing this route, we do require a THOW to be secured to a foundation while in city limits. This is a safety concern as there are occasionally high winds which could otherwise knock your house over, or worse, into someone else’s home and property. If you buy land just outside of city limits, you’re welcome to do as you please.