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Fresno Adopts Temporary Ordinance For Creek Fire Victims

In California Tiny Home News, movable tiny homes by Janet Thome0 Comments

Allowing RVs And Tiny Homes

Fresno County residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged in the Creek Fire have new housing options available as they return to rebuild what they lost.

They can now live on their properties for the next six months in recreational vehicles or “tiny homes” under a temporary measure approved Tuesday by the board of supervisors. Two of the short term dwelling units are allowed per residential parcel and they must be self-contained with onboard water, power, and waste systems, the county said.

The rule applies to motor homes, travel trailers, truck campers, and camping trailers, according to a county document. A “moveable tiny house” with no more than 430 square feet of living space is also permitted.

Creek Fire

The Creek Fire started September 4th, is 49% contained. It has so far burned 328,595 acres.

According to Cal Fire, it’s the single largest wildfire in state history and has destroyed 856 residential, commercial, and other structures to date. Another 71 structures have been damaged.

The US Forest Service says full containment is not expected until October 31.

Utility Connections Required Starting in April

Residents who need more time to complete repairs will have the option to continue living in the temporary units after April 6, 2021, the county said. But, starting on that date they will need to connect their RV or tiny home to onsite utilities, comply with some zoning rules and obtain a permit.

Fresno County Adopts Temporary Housing Ordinance to Assist Residents Impacted by Creek Fire disaster

FRESNO, CA, Wednesday, October 7, 2020 – The Fresno County Board of Supervisors has adopted a Temporary Housing Ordinance that modifies and suspends various County Zoning Ordinance Regulations to allow for the occupancy of recreational vehicles and tiny homes on properties located within the Creek Fire disaster area that were damaged or destroyed by fire.

In summary, the Ordinance provides for the following:

• Occupancy of up to two self-contained (sewer, water, power) recreational vehicles or movable tiny houses (temporary dwellings) per parcel for a period of up to 180 days (six months), beginning October 6, 2020

• Temporary dwellings proposed to be occupied beyond the initial 180-day (six months) period shall be connected to onsite water, sewer, and power

• Location of temporary dwellings proposed to be occupied beyond the initial 180-day (six months) period shall meet all underlying zoning districts setback standards

• Temporary dwellings proposed to be occupied beyond the initial 180-day (six months) period shall obtain a Temporary Housing Administrative Permit from the Department of Public Works and Development Services & Capital Projects Division

Additional information regarding the Temporary Housing Ordinance can be found at:

Temporary Ordinance

County Of Fresno

Source GV Wire

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The Eagle’s Nest For Sale

In Uncategorized by Janet Thome0 Comments

Built And Ready For The Road: New Lowered Price At $75,000 Plus Transport

Today I am featuring the Eagle’s Nest Tiny Home built by Jason Lundmark with Hawks Tiny Homes. The tiny home is brand new and was featured at Tiny Fest and Jason was interviewed by ABC News. Hawks Tiny Homes are certified by Pacific West Associates and Jason is a licensed contractor in Ilinois.

ABC Interview: Click On Video To See The Tour


  • 8 ft 6×30 ft, 13 ft 4 tall
  • Weight 15.5K
  • Three Axle I Beam Suretrac Trailer With 21k Ability
  • Full Plywood Construction For Pi CDX Glued And Fastened
  • 2×4 Exterior
  • Insulation-R17 Glass Mineral Wool
  • R27 GLass Mineral Wool Above Loft Areas
  • R20 Foam In The Floor Area
  • Complete House Wrap With Double Pane Windows
  • 1×6 Tongue And Groove Stained Siding Exterior
  • Rustic/Industrial Design And Sheet Metal Accent On Top
  • Two Flat Roof Decks 10 ft Each With White TPO Commercial Grade Ready For Solar Panels Or Sunbathing
  • Center Area Of Home 10 ft Owens Corning 30 year Architectural Shingle With Ice And Water Membrane Below
  • 100 Amp Capable Service Panel And Wiring With 50 Amp RV Twist Lock Connection
  • 8 Ft. Dedicated Family Room Space -Could Also Be First Floor Bedroom
  • 12 Ft Galley Style Kitchen Left And Right Cabinets And Counters With Appliances
  • Step In A Loft Style Master Suite With Only Four Steps To Access Walk Around A Queen Size Mattress Easily
  • Deluxe Storage Space Below And Around Master Suite And Next To Bathroom
  • Complete Bathroom Suite Including Washer Dryer Combo Unit, Shower Vanity, And Stool
  • In-Wall safe, Utility Area, And Electrical Panel Access, Option Of Tongue Storage Area To Be Lawn and Garden Shed Or Extended Master Closet
Price Does Not Include Transport.  Ask Jason about adapting the Eagles Nest to Off-Grid. You can reach Jason at 815 216 7238

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Seattle Has Developed Pre-Approved DADU Plans

In ADU, Washington State News by Janet Thome2 Comments

Streamlining The Process

Pre-Approved DADUs

To simplify and streamline permitting, the City of Seattle developed pre-approved DADU construction plans that offer a faster, easier, and more predictable design and permitting process. Here’s how it works:


Browse the pre-approved designs in the gallery below. They also showcase more than 160 design submissions from which we selected our 10 pre-approved plans.

Ready to move forward? Review these program details, read Tip 310, and contact a designer to proceed. Then check out our step-by-step guide for information about ADU financing,

permitting, and construction.

Pre-Approved Plans

This gallery showcases 10 DADU designs that have been pre-approved by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI). Scroll through the gallery, view images of the design, and connect with its designer to use the plan.

Note: the City makes no guarantees, representations, or warranty with respect to the DADU design or construction plans, including their quality, safety, compliance with building codes or state or federal laws, or suitability for a homeowner’s property. Homeowners using a pre-approved plan rely solely upon the designer, architect, or contractor for any representations, warranties, assurances with respect to the DADU design and construction plans.


Learn More

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Tiny Homes Allowed In Nevada and Placer County, Ca.

In ADU, California Tiny Home News by Janet Thome

Tiny Homes And Tiny Home Communities

This tiny home sheet was created by The Mountain Housing Council for  Nevada and Placer County, California, and pertains to tiny homes on a foundation as ADUs ( accessory dwelling units ). Movable tiny homes are allowed in mobile home parks and RV parks.

Tiny Homes In Placer County

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Seeking Public Comment For ICC Off-Site And Modular Committee

In Modular, movable tiny homes by Janet Thome

The Deadline To Recieve Public Comments Is Sept. 28th, 2020

The International Code Council is developing New 1200-202x, Standard for Off-Site Construction: Planning, Design, Fabrication and Assembly, and New ICC 1205-202x, Standard for Off-Site Construction: Inspection and Regulatory Compliance. ICC 1200-202X would address all facets of the off-site construction process including planning; designing; fabricating; transporting; and assembling commercial and residential building elements. ICC 1205 – 202X would address the inspection, approval, and regulatory compliance of off-site residential and commercial construction components and their assembly and completion at the final building site.

This includes: permitting; in-plant and on-site final inspections; third party inspections; the role of Industrialized Building Departments, state modular programs, and the Authority Having Jurisdiction. These standards include componentized, panelized and modularized elements and will not apply to HUD Manufactured Housing.

The ICC adheres to openness and transparency in our Standards development process. All ICC Standards committee meetings are open to the public. Any interested party can participate in committee meetings and can be considered by the committee for membership on any work-group that the committee creates. Interested parties will be notified by email of standards activities related to Off-site and Modular Construction Standards, including committee meetings, sub-group meetings, and the availability of standard development documentation. If you wish to be placed on the “interested parties” list for the development of this standard, contact the ICC IS-OSMC Secretariat, Karl Aittaniemi, P.E.

ICC IS-OSMC Off-Site and Modular Construction Standards Committee

The Off-Site and Modular Construction Standards Committee (IS-OSMC) was appointed by the ICC Board of Directors in July 2019 and has primary responsibility for the development as American National Standards.  All standards development is subject to ICC’s Consensus Procedures.

Applications to serve on the committee were received on April 15, 2019 for the ICC Board of Directors consideration in response to a call for committee in March 2019. Read more…

ICC joins modular building revolution

As use of off-site construction grows, the Code Council partners with industry leader to develop new standards. Read more…

The International Code Council Board of Directors held a productive, in-person meeting on Dec 7, 2018 in Florida as reported in the ICC Building Safety Journal. Read more…

For more information on Off-site Construction Solutions for Today’s Challenges please read more…

The first in-person public meeting of the IS-OSMC committee was held on November 19 and 20, 2019.  The Meeting Minutes and supporting meeting topics have been posted in the Committee Documents. Read more…

The second meeting of the committee was conducted as a teleconference on January 16, 2020.  The meeting minutes have been posted in the Committee Documents.

The third meeting of the OSMC committee was successfully held at the 2020 World of Modular Conference in Orlando, FL on March 11th and 12th.  The meeting was very productive and the conference was well attended. Many new interested parties were in attendance.  Read more… The meeting minutes have been posted below.

The ninth public meeting of the committee was conducted on August 12, 2020, at 11 am Central. The meeting minutes have been posted below.  

The tenth public meeting of the committee has been postponed from September 2 to September 30, 2020, at 11 am Central. The teleconference meeting will be conducted via Webex.  The meeting notice has been posted below.  The agenda will be posted below before the meeting. 

Due to recent ICC travel restrictions, it is anticipated that future committee meetings will be conducted by remote teleconference via Webex.  

International Code Council / Modular Building Institute Off-Site and Modular Construction Standard Consensus Committee(IS-OSMC)

ConsensusCommitteeScope: TheICC/MBI Off-Site and Modular Construction Standard Consensus Committee

(IS-OSMC) shall have primary responsibility for minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare through requirements for off-site and modular construction. This standard was processed and approved for submittal to ANSI by the ICC/MBI Off-Site and Modular Construction Standard Consensus Committee(IS-OSMC). Committee approval of the standard does not necessarily imply that all committee members voted for its approval. Representatives on the Consensus Committee are classified in one of three voting interest-categories. The committee has been formed to achieve consensus required by ANSI EssentialRequirements. At the time approved this standard,theIS-OSMCConsensus Committee consisted of the following members:

Public Comments Deadline Sept. 28th, 2020


Draft Of Standards

CC 1200 Draft For Initial Public Input

Type: Administration

CC 1205 Draft For Initial Public input

Type: Administration

Related: THIA Board Member Appointed To ICC Off-Site Modular Committee

Nick Mosley was appointed to the ICC Off-Site Modular Committee. David R. Tompos, board member of THIA and founder of NTA ( now referred to as ICC NTA)  Is The Chair Of The ICC Off-Site Modular Construction Committee.

Very exciting news for the tiny home industry. Originally tiny homes were going to be excluded from the ICC Off-Site Modular Committee. Draft from OFF-SITE AND MODULAR CONSTRUCTION COMMITTEE (IS-OSMC)

Through the advocacy of THIA board members, after meeting with the ICC-Off-Site Modular Committee, tiny homes have been included.

Source: Tiny Home Industry Association

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Tiny House For Sale

In For Sale, movable tiny homes, Oregon Tiny Home News by Janet Thome

Brand New Tiny House: Outside Of Portland, Oregon

Hygge. Feng Shui. Minimalist

This tiny home was handcrafted & curated to fit a contemplative & creative lifestyle away from all the noise of the world. While it’s minimal in design, it’s very functional & makes the most of the small space. The design is inspired by the Nordic sensibility of clean, simple comfort & is accented with a touch of Japanese teahouse culture. And with mobility built into the foundation, you can literally take this on whatever road your dreams lead you down!

Currently located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, about 45 minutes East of Portland.

This tiny house is fully furnished & ready to hit the road today! All it needs is a loving family with an adventurous spirit.

Price = $89,000 or $99,000 fully furnished

(Price does NOT include the cost of transportation, which you’ll need to setup & provide.)



  • Internal Square Footage: 225 sq ft (30’ x 7.5’) + 2x Lofts around 50 sq ft each = 330’ TOTAL sq ft

  • Full Kitchen w/ 21” SS 3-burner gas stove & oven (External Propane Tanks required)

  • 3 Kitchen base cabs with butcher block countertop

  • Rustic metal hood w/ vent & light over the range

  • Dedicated Coffee Corner

  • An array of built-in storage cubbies, cabinets, closets & floating shelves

  • Recessed can lighting, Gallery-style spotlights, & one modern LED chandelier

  • White Porcelain Farmhouse Sink

  • Unique handcrafted woodwork throughout the space.

  • SS 2 door energy efficient 10.1 ft. refrigerator/freezer with automatic defrost

  • Mini-split AC/Heating Unit + Faux-Fireplace that puts out heat.

  • White blackout pulldown shades on all large windows. The one opposite of the projector shelf serves as a perfect projection screen.

  • Two loft spaces that can be used for sleeping, reading, & storage. The main loft is accessed by a staircase & features a chest of drawers. The other loft is accessed by a fixed ladder-like staircase (similar to an attic staircase) with a hatch door and railing on the edge (perfect for a reading nook &/or extra sleep space.

  • Dining table made from handcrafted woodwork

  • Full Bathroom: toilet w/ septic hookup, 32” bath vanity with porcelain sink, mirrored medicine cabinet & cabinet space below sink, 36” x 36” shower, & an All-in-One Combo Washer/Dryer Unit with hanging rod above.

  • Bookshelf/Entertainment System media cabinet that is HDMI ready & feeds to a shelf on the opposite wall where a projector sits.

  • The enclosed wooded area that can serve as the perfect workspace, or extend your living room area & make it the great reading nook.

  • You also have the option to buy this tiny house FULLY FURNISHED! See the purchasing details below.

The Outside

  • Gross Square Footage = 264 sq ft (31’ x 8.5’)

  • Iron Eagle Tiny House Trailer with (3) 7K axles, trailer brakes, road lighting

  • LED Exterior Lighting on front

  • Black painted wood (board & batten siding) with Natural Cedar

  • Standing seam metal roof

  • Two moveable 6×6’ cedar decks with a step up to door (combined makes it 12×6’ – can travel inside the house)

  • Craftsman Exterior Door

  • 3 exterior power outlets50 AMP electrical panel with 50 AMP exterior RV outlet

  • Propane hookup with auto-changeover valve

  • Energy-efficient LP tankless instant water heater

  • Built-in stabilizing jacks

  • Total Weight = ~ 12,000 lbs

  • And an OUTDOOR SHOWER!! (outdoor showers can change our life.)

Fully Furnished Option

• Italian Tan Leather Couch from (34″H x 88″W x 38″ D)

• Two 24” tan leather counter stools by Poly & Bark

• IKEA Desk (natural wood top w/ black legs)

•. Mounted Vertical Record Player w/ Pre-Amp

• Two KRK Rokit 6 studio-quality monitors w/ KRK Subwoofer (it shakes the house!)

• Pyle Audio interface/Stereo Amp w/ Bluetooth, Radio, Aux input + HDMI splitter

• Hitachi Projector: CP-X4041WN standard throw, 4000 lumens

• Retro-style blue microwave (brand new)

• Large cowhide rug

• MoonPod (the best beanbag ever)

• Full-Size Mattress by Tuft & Needle (2 years old)

Interested in buying?

If you’re very interested in buying my brand new tiny house (that’s never been lived in), please reach out via the contact form. I can schedule a virtual viewing & walk you through the entire house by Zoom or Skype.

The price is $89,000 “as is” and includes all the interior & exterior features listed. For an additional $10k ($99,000 total), you can get the tiny house fully furnished (items listed on the bottom of the main page.) The price is negotiable.

The price does NOT include any kind of transportation or shipping. You will need to secure & pay for that on your own.

The house is ready to go TODAY. And I need to sell it as quickly as possible, so I will be operating on a first-come-first-serve basis. Serious buyers who want to put it on hold can do so for a non-refundable deposit of $1000, which will put the house on hold for two weeks. The deposit will go towards the total cost once the sale is final.


New Tiny Home Village Forming In The Alaska Rain Forest

In Alaska Tiny Home News, For Sale, Land For Sale, Tiny House Community by Janet Thome

Ketchican Village

Tongass Tiny Home Village, Where The Oceans Meet The Mountains

Own Your Own Land: A Piece Of Heaven

I am gathering interest to those who are longing for a community, where they can live and thrive together,  be partners,  where you own your own land, create your own cottage business and have a say in the development of an all-age community that welcomes diversity and equal rights for all. The community is named the Tongass Tiny Home Village.

Families welcomed! Multigenerational Housing Encouraged! Financing Available.

Tongass  Tiny Home Hotel Is Also Planned: Revenue Opportunity

Tongass Tiny Home Hotel Is Also Planned and it will become a beautiful wedding destination for revenue opportunities for the owners of the community.

An HOA will be formed, with light covenants created by the owners of the community with a very affordable yearly cost for insurance and common maintenance.

Tiny Homes Welcomed!

Tiny Tongass Tiny Home Village is in Ketchikan, Alaska. The population is 14,000 and their greatest need is affordable housing and small businesses. It is a year-round tourist attraction because of the welcoming climate.

About Ketchikan

When you’re located in the middle of a temperate rainforest, with State Parks, a Rainforest Sanctuary, and beaches on three sides, it’s a bit difficult to ignore nature and all the wildlife within. Not that you’d want to. Consider getting a great overview of the Tongass National Forest over at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center and then get out and spend some time discovering it for yourself! You can experience the Tongass and all its many inhabitants in several ways—by land, air, or sea!

Ketchikan is known as “The Salmon Capital of the World.” We are proud of our fishing culture and passionate about providing opportunities for visitors to catch and/or otherwise enjoy the best seafood on the planet.

Ketchikan is a photographer’s dream: point your camera in almost any direction and you’ll capture an image suitable for framing. Misty Fjords National Monument, with achingly blue lakes, and snowcapped mountaintops often shrouded in an ethereal mist, is the most beautiful jewel in our crown. We are also located in the midst of the Tongass National Forest, a 17M-acre rainforest full of lush cedar, Sitka spruce, waterfalls, and wildlife.

For local Native Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian artists, the Tongass Rainforest provides red cedar logs for totem poles and the cedar bark and spruce roots used in traditional basket weaving. The Native arts are thriving here in Ketchikan and there are several museum collections and totem parks that showcase both ancient and more contemporary works. The arts in Ketchikan are not limited to Native arts, however; an astonishing number of residents participate in the Ketchikan’s art scene, which encompasses the full spectrum of visual and performing arts. The mission of the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau is to promote Ketchikan,

Source: Visit Ketchikan

Types Of Home: Square Footage To Be Determined

Nostalgia Cottage

All Homes Must Be Insured With Liability Included And Certified, Built To All Life And Fire Safety Standards

Movable Tiny Homes
Park Models
Modular Homes
Site Built Homes
Duplexes Encouraged ( One Side Can Be For The Homeowner/ The Other Side -A Rental Or A Cottage Business)

Interested Parties For Tongass Tiny Home Village

Seeking 20 Interested Parties. There are three levels of ownership.  The amount of land is to be determined and will adjust to the interest we gather.

Mountain Level

Seeking At Least 6 Interested Parties that will invest $ 100, 000. This investment will include your own lot and infrastructure for your tiny home for a value of $ 15,000 and the remaining $85,000 will go toward the cost of building 5 tiny homes for a Tiny Home Hotel, furnishings, and start-up capital.

The profit from the revenue from the tiny home hotel, after expenses, will be paid to the 6 investors quarterly.

Details Subject To Change 

Ocean Level

Seeking 14 Interested Parties that will purchase their own lot for $25,000.  The investment will include your own tiny home lot and infrastructure.

Details Subject To Change

Sea Level

If you want your home to be built locally, we will create a land/home package. Price to be determined.

Details Subject To Change

Sponsor Level

Seeking A Generous Donor That Would Build An Outdoor Gathering Hub With An Outdoor Kitchen And Greenhouse  For The Residents.  A sponsor can also sponsor a lot or land/home package for a veteran, a widow, a young adult aging out of foster care, or those in need.

Material Sponsors Welcomed!

Features Of The Tiny Home Village

  • Tiny Home Hotel
  • Outdoor Gathering Hub
  • Shared Well
  • Initial Investment For Utilities
  • Wedding Destination
  • Agri-Businesses
  • Cottage Businesses
  • Community Garden
  • Seed Saving
  • Community Meal Sharing
  • Greenhouse
  • Farm To Table Produce For A Source Of Income
  • Community Events
  • Employment Opportunites With The Tiny Home Hotel
  • Ride Sharing
  • Dog Park
  • Financing Available

Hemp Encouraged

Additional Expenses  For The Residents

  • Electricity
  • Internet
  • HOA Between $300 to $500 A Year
  • Personal Taxes For Your Tiny Home

The Tiny Home Village Vision: Escape From The Maddening Crowds

If you look at the outside world, there is chaos and destruction, and madness, and there is endless programming to divide us and to inflame hate is bombarding us every day. It almost looks hopeless………….. But it is not.

On the other side of the chaos, there are individuals and families that are hearing the calling that is whispering to them to find their tribe, to grow their own food, to own their own land. They have the wisdom to ask, is where I am living sustainable? Where is the source of the water I drink? Is the day to day grind to maintain this hectic life worth it?

There is an ache inside for community and to love.

If your jurisdiction does not allow tiny homes, go to a new location that welcomes them.

The Best Way To Know Your Future Is To Create It……….What You Are Seeking- Is Seeking You!

Leave The Porch Light On

I have recently had the great pleasure to speak to a delightful man named WW Gilman. who owned the first tiny home village that was called The Village Of Wildflowers and he told me they had a rule that all the residents had to leave their porch light on. That was a sign to all residents that all was well.  If your light did not come on, it meant you could need help. The Village Of Wildflowers had residents of all ages. Aging in place was encouraged and the retired ladies would babysit the children of the mothers that had to go off to work and there was always a helpful handyman that was around to lend a helping hand. No one was alone……

The Village Of Wildflowers Is Now Called The Simple Life

Tiny Tongass Tiny Home Village

Envision The Community

Can you see the community? I can. I can smell the bread baking, hear the laughing of the children, and the smile of the residents. Instead of driving in traffic, they walk out of their tiny home and tend the garden or go to their cottage business or not work at all, because they built a duplex and do not have to work. On one side of the duplex is their home and the other side is their own AirBnB that is always booked. I can smell the ocean and I marvel at the mountains and the glory of nature. Wow, I just saw a whale!

People come from all over the country to see this amazing community where people live, work, and support each other.  Come drink some of the best beer brewed locally and enjoy the music that is playing nearby!

One Other Plus: The City Never Shut Down During COVID

Ketchikan had very few cases of COVID and they never had to shut down.

The Visionary Behind The Community:

Amanda ( A J ) Pierce
Vice Mayor Of Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska
Executive Officer Of The Ketchikan Building Association
Held The First Tiny Home Forum With 50 Stakeholders
She Has A Masters Degree In Business
Certificate of Women In Leadership From Notre Dame

Amanda ( A J ) Pierce


Wow! And if that was not enough,  Amanda is a single mom, supports work trades for students, and though she is far away in Alaska, she is a kindred spirit to me. Please email me to express your level of interest for the Tiny Tongass Tiny Village.

Become a founding owner and reap the benefits of being a co-owner of the tiny home hotel.

More details coming!

Stay Tuned For The Next Tiny Home Forum

If you are not in a position to invest in the community, you can still own a Bit Of Alaska, for under $100.00.

Amanda Is The Founder Of A Bit Of Alaska

For many, Alaska is the final frontier. The access to pristine, rugged nature and untouched land is something that captures the human imagination.
For decades this desire to see and experience Alaska has driven the creation of countless books, movies, and TV shows, and has drawn millions of visitors to the state.
This is why we want to bring a Bit of Alaska, to you! You can now purchase a quint honorary certificate indicative of one square inch (undivided) granting you permission from us to visit and take in the private property as members.
Part Of The Proceeds Will Go Toward Supporting The Development Of The  Tiny Tongass Tiny Home Village.

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City Of Lake Ozark, MO Considers Tiny Homes

In Foundation Homes, Missouri Tiny Home News, Uncategorized by Janet Thome

Carriage Houses NW

Public Hearing October 7th, 2020 At 7 pm

Evolving Style Of Construction Could Address Housing Shortage

The Lake Ozark Planning & Zoning Commission has opened the door to the possibility of allowing the construction of tiny homes within the city.

While a final decision rests with the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen, the P&Z agreed to proceed with rezoning a parcel of property on School Road to allow a local developer to build a “cluster” of homes that would help meet the need for affordable housing not only in Lake Ozark but also the lake area.

The tiny homes movement is evolving from minimalist single individuals and couples in suburban or remote areas to a legitimate option for service industry employees and others on a limited income. The Lake of the Ozarks Regional Economic Development Council sponsored a four-county housing study in 2016 that unveiled a critical need for affordable housing.

“With the affordable housing shortage in the area, the tiny homes concept is something we think we should explore,” Harrison Fry, Lake Ozark assistant city administrator/community development director, explained.

Public hearing

The P&Z will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Lake Ozark City Hall to consider a rezoning request for an area on School Road from R-1 (residential) to C-2 (general commercial). Letters to property owners (not renters) within 185 feet of the proposed rezoning are being sent out to inform them of the hearing and the request.

The R-1 area is currently surrounded by C-2, so the rezoning actually expands the current C2 area.

If the P&Z approves the rezoning request, the board of aldermen will consider the rezoning at a future meeting before any project can proceed. In addition, the developer must follow the existing minimum City of Lake Ozark standards for construction and recently adopted tiny home guidelines.

What are tiny homes?

A tiny home is a detached, self-contained dwelling unit with basic functional areas that support normal daily routines such as cooking, sleeping, and sanitation. The units must be between 300 and 800 square feet excluding lofts. The minimum square footage would not account for the required cooking facilities, toilet facility areas, or lofts which would be in addition to the minimum clear floor area of 120 square feet for a single occupant, 220 square feet for two occupants, and 320 square feet for three occupants.

No more than three occupants would be allowed per unit.

They must be built on-site and must be placed on a permanent foundation and cannot exceed one story (excluding lofts). The units must not be mobile. The units must be hooked up to the city’s water and wastewater systems.

All tiny homes must be placed a minimum of 10 feet apart, with no fewer than four and no more than 16 homes allowed within a cluster. The clusters would share a common open space which would include storm shelters, mail receptacles, and community recreation areas.

P&Z members were encouraged by the opportunity for the city to potentially offer an affordable housing option.

“I think they’re viable,” one member noted. “I think they are here as another housing option, but the success depends on how the first one is built. If the wrong person comes in as a builder, it could be a disaster.”

Photo Credit: Carriage Houses NW

The City Of Lake Ozark, MO

City of Lake Ozark, MO

  3162 Bagnell Dam Blvd.  

Lake Ozark, MO.


Update: Lake Ozark Approves The First Of Two Ordinances Paving The Way For Tiny Homes Sept 10th, 2020

The Lake Ozark Board of alderman are approving the first of two ordinances that will pave the way for tiny homes for working people in the city.

Mayor Gerry Murawski tells KRMS News the first development of the tiny homes will feature houses no more than 800 square feet.

Murawski says the tiny homes should rent for around $500 dollars per month and that all the homes must be connected to public utilities.

News Talk KRMS

Statement From Harrison Fry


I’ve attached the two proposed ordinances. These are not concrete yet, but they did pass in their first reading. The second reading/tentative adoption is scheduled for September 22nd. The proposed rezoning of land for the first development is being discussed at a public hearing on October 7th.

City Of Ozark Ordinance

City Of Ozark Reqs

City Of Ozark Ordinance

City Of Ozark # 2 H Defs

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Movable Tiny Homes On Agenda Great Barrington, MA

In ADU, Massachusettes Tiny Home News, movable tiny homes by Janet Thome

Great Barrington MA

Sept 15th, 2020 At 6 PM

The town of Great Barrington, MA has scheduled a town meeting with Recommendations by the Finance Committee and the Selectboard on Sept. 15th, 2020 at 6 pm. The warrant includes ADUs and movable tiny homes on the agenda that will be considered full time residences.

Excerpts Of The Warrant


To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 3.2.2, items 3 and 4, regarding accessory uses, as set forth in this article, or to take any other action relative thereto.Purpose of the Amendment: This amendment will update the setback and height regulations for accessory dwelling units. Proposed deletions of existing text are struck through Proposed insertions are underlined Amend Section 3.2.2, items 3 and 4, as follows: 3. An accessory building not exceeding 15 feet in height may be located within the required rear or side yard of the principal building, but shall not be located in the front yard or nearer to any street line than the minimum setback in the zoning district in which it is located. No accessory building shall be within 10 feet of any side or rear lot line. An accessory building exceeding 15 feet in height shall conform to all minimum setback requirements for the zoning district. 4. An accessory building in a Residence District shall not exceed 25 feet in height above the ground level, and it shall not be located nearer than 10 feet to the principal building or occupy more than 10% of the total lot area. For definition of “height of a building,” see Section 11.0.

Recommended by the Planning Board


To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 3.1.4, Table of Use Regulations, as set forth in this article, or to take any other action relative thereto. Purpose of the Amendment: This amendment clarifies that ADUs are permitted in all districts, as is already set forth in Section 8.2. Amend Section 3.1.4, Table of Use Regulations, by adding a new row G.(2), as follows, and renumbering subsequent rows:[all zoning districts]ADDITIONAL APPLICABLE REGULATIONS. Accessory uses(2)Accessory Dwelling UnitYSee also 8.2.

Recommended by the Planning Board

Vertical Works


To see if the Town will vote to amend portions of Section 8.2.3, accessory dwelling units, as set forth in this article, or to take any other action relative thereto. Purpose of the Amendment: This amendment will update the regulations for ADUs, allowing ADUs to be slightly larger, removing duplicative or unnecessary design requirements, and allowing for the possibility of multiple ADUs for farmworker housing. All ADU’s are by-right but subject to Planning Board site plan approval and Board of Health approval.

Proposed deletions of existing text are struck through Proposed insertions are underlinedAmend portions of Section 8.2.3, accessory dwelling units, as follows, and renumber subsections accordingly: 1. Only one ADU may be established per lot. 2. The ADU may not be in separate ownership from that of any other dwelling unit on the lot.3. The An ADU may not in any case be larger than 650 900 gross square feet. If a dwelling unit greater than 650 900 gross square feet is created within a single-family home, the residence will be considered a two-family dwelling and will be subject to the requirements of Section 8.1 of this bylaw.

4. The structure in which the ADU is to be located must meet the zoning requirements for residences, except when it is a legally pre-existing nonconforming structure and the Zoning Board of Appeals authorizes the use by special permit

5. One parking space shall be provided in addition to that required by the present building. All required parking spaces, including the parking space for the ADU, must be provided no closer to the street than the building setback line unless other specified provisions are made and agreed to by the permit granting authority. The Planning Board, or SPGA, in accord with a finding by the Planning Board, may, by special permit pursuant to Section 10.4, authorize a deviation from this requirement.

6. An ADU may be created within a new or a previously existing single-family or two-family residential structure.

7. A home occupation may be allowed within any dwelling unit and/or accessory structure. Any such home occupation shall meet the provisions of Section 3.3.

8. Where practicable, any new entrance necessitated by the ADU must be located on the rear or side of the building.

9. Fire escapes and outside stairways leading to a second or higher story shall be located on the rear or side of the building, and, where practicable, shall not be located on any building wall facing a street and shall comply with Section 4.2.3.

10. Farm Dwellings: More than one ADU shall be allowed on lands used for the primary purpose of commercial agriculture, aquaculture, silviculture, horticulture, floriculture, or viticulture as defined in MGL Ch. 128, Sec 1A, provided such ADUs are solely used for the farm’s full-time employees.

Recommended by the Planning Board


To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 11, definitions, as set forth in this article, or to take any other action relative thereto.

Purpose of the Amendment: This amendment will update the definitions of ADUs, clarifying that an ADU can be in a separate structure than the main dwelling and that an ADU may be in a Moveable Tiny House. It will also add a new definition for Movable Tiny Houses (MTH). The provision for an MTH responds to the growing demand for these types of dwelling units. This proposed regulation includes provisions to ensure an MTH has a sense of permanence and adequate utilities. Proposed deletions of existing text are struck through Proposed insertions are underlined.

Amend Section 11, definitions, as follows:


a subordinate dwelling unit on the same lot as a primary single-family or two-family residential use, whether in an accessory building or within the same building as the primary dwelling, with provisions for independent cooking, living, sanitation, and sleeping.  A Movable Tiny House (MTH) connected to electricity, water, and sewer or septic that has its chassis, wheels, and hitch concealed shall be considered an accessory dwelling unit.

The Nostalgia Cottage


A structure intended for the separate, independent living quarters of one household for a year-round residence that meets all of the following: (a) Is licensed and registered with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles; (b) Meets the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 119.5 requirements, and certified by a qualified third party inspector for ANSI compliance; (c) Cannot move under its own power; (d) Has not less than 150 and no more than 400 square feet of habitable living space, excluding lofts; (e) Is designed and built using conventional residential building materials for windows, roofing, and exterior siding. 

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