Tiny House Community in Flat Rock, North Carolina

This tiny house community is located on 26 acres in Flat Rock, North Carolina, just outside of Asheville.

The Meadows is a full service, tiny house friendly community offering legal land lease placement for tiny houses, water and sanitary hookups, and many on site and off site amenities.

For information, see: http://thevillageofwildflowers.com/the-meadows-tiny-house-community/

 

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Legally Placing a Tiny House on Wheels on Your Own Land in North Carolina

Every state is different, and the rules can vary widely, but one tiny house owner in North Carolina describes the process necessary to legally place a tiny house on wheels on his own property.

The process for what was called “the custom modular” sounds fairly simple: hire a structural engineer to certify that the house was structurally sound; put the trailer on piers and strap it down, much like would be done with a mobilehome; then apply for a building permit.

Part One: http://tinyrevolution.us/2013/02/13/how-to-start-the-tiny-house-legal-process/

Part Two: http://tinyrevolution.us/2013/02/20/how-to-start-the-tiny-house-legal-process-part-2/

Part Three: http://tinyrevolution.us/2013/04/10/how-to-start-the-tiny-house-legal-process-part-3/

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Worst Tiny House Fear: Being Told You Can’t Legally Live in Your Tiny House

The Berzins Family had their biggest tiny house fear almost come true in 2013. They were found to be in violation of the Universal Statewide Building Code in Virginia because they didn’t get a building permit prior to building their 168 sq. ft. tiny house.

As Hari Berzins writes…

The code in Virginia puts any dwelling into the jurisdiction of the local building inspector. So even though we built on wheels (constructing mostly in Florida) and have a license plate, we still needed to have a building permit and inspections.

Their story has a happy ending–the inspection process was painless and they got their Certificate of Occupancy. But if you’re living or building a tiny house on wheels in Virginia, it might be smart to read their story…

Part One: http://www.tinyhousefamily.com/2013/02/06/my-worst-tiny-house-fear-being-told-i-cant-legally-live-here/

Part Two: http://www.tinyhousefamily.com/2013/02/16/our-path-to-a-legal-tiny-house/

Part Three: http://www.tinyhousefamily.com/2013/02/21/and-were-legal-a-certificate-of-occupancy-for-our-tiny-house/

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Ordinance in Fresno, CA Makes Tiny Houses on Wheels Permanent Housing

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.

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Ambitious BIMBYs (Builder In My Back Yard) in San Diego, California

On January 5, 2016, Logan Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune wrote about affordable housing and compared what is happening in the city of San Diego, to Portland, Santa Cruz, and Encinitas.

True or falseIf 10 percent of the homeowners in San Diego County added 450 square feet of separate living space to their properties, the affordable housing crisis would be largely over.

AnswerTrue, I think.

In Portland, Oregon anyone building a backyard house or granny flat faces no developer fees and the city has relaxed their strict covered parking rules, for such units.

Santa Cruz, California is offering homeowners who are willing to offer below-market rent on a new accessory dwelling unit, access to pre-approved architectural models, loans, and fee waivers.

And Encinitas, California is offering current owners of granny flats, an amnesty deal, if the cottages are up to code and available for 20 years at affordable rates.

The most powerful thing local government can do to make San Diego affordable for all generations is to figure out ways to get out of the way of ambitious BIMBYs (Builder In My Back Yard).

To read the article, go to: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jan/05/solution-sd-housing-shortage-bimbys/

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500 sq. ft. In-Law Suite in Tampa Bay, FL

This 500 square foot tiny house on a foundation is located in the backyard of another house in Tampa Bay, Florida, and is meant as an in-law suite.

Home Care Suites is the builder, and they offer help figuring out the rules for accessory units for property located in the areas they serve, and also offer to help their clients meet all zoning requirements, including matching the siding and roofing to the main house.

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Tiny House Pocket Neighborhoods Approved in Rockledge, Florida

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.

For more information on the zoning changes, see: http://www.floridatoday.com/story/life/home-garden/spaces/2015/06/19/tiny-houses-catch-brevard/71079722/

For more information on the Rockledge Planning Commission’s decision, see: http://www.cityofrockledge.org/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/330?html=true

To join Rene Hardee’s Facebook Group for the planned tiny house pocket community, go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/909633985742545/

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Tiny House on Wheels Community in Lemon Cove, CA

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.

See http://www.lemoncovevillage.com/sites.html for more info!

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Planned Tiny Homes Community in Salida, Colorado

River View at Cleora is a planned tiny house development in Salida, Colorado, by Sprout Tiny Homes.

The Colorado mountain town of Salida sits in the middle of the state, literally in the “Heart of the Rockies,” about 2 hours west of Colorado Springs and 3 hours southwest of Denver.

Located on 19.1 acres between the Arkansas River and County Road 102 in Chaffee County, Colorado.

The town of about 5500 residents is included in the guidebook America’s 100 Best Small Art Towns, and has been listed in US News and World Report as a Top Ten Bargain Retirement Spot.

The community will be adjacent to the historic Cleora platted townsite, on the Arkansas River, and includes sites for 200 tiny homes.

For more info, see: http://sprouttinyhomes.com/salida-community/

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