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Seattle Has Developed Pre-Approved DADU Plans

In ADU, Washington State News by Janet Thome0 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.


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Seeking Public Comment For ICC Off-Site And Modular Committee

In Modular, movable tiny homes by Janet Thome0 Comments

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 Thome0 Comments

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 Thome0 Comments

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 Thome3 Comments

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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.”

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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 Thome0 Comments

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. 

Town Of Great Barrington, Massachusettes Special Town Meeting

Town Of Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Related: Master plan and proposed zoning changes support housing for all

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Palm Bay, Florida To Vote On Amendment Allowing Movable Tiny Homes

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

Movable Roots Tiny Homes

The City of Palm Bay Seeks to Increase Affordable Housing Options

Palm Bay News: 8/25/2020

The City of Palm Bay has implemented a series of changes to the City’s Code of Ordinances in order to enhance the quality of life and facilitate economic opportunities for residents and businesses. The new amendments, developed and administered by the City’s Growth Management Department, have been adopted by City Council and subsequently incorporated into the City of Palm Bay’s Code of Ordinances. Many of the changes are intended to increase affordable housing development within the city of Palm Bay.

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In February 2020, the Palm Bay City Council adopted an ordinance allowing for the construction of tiny homes and accessory dwelling units in certain areas of Palm Bay. Tiny homes are small dwelling units, up to 800 square feet in size, with a reduced construction cost that makes owning or renting the unit more affordable. The newly adopted regulations will allow tiny homes to be built in areas zoned for multi-family use or in planned developments. Similarly, the City’s Land Development Code now allows single-family property owners to construct a second dwelling unit on their property up to 750 square feet. Accessory dwelling units are allowed as an accessory use in most single-family districts and create additional housing opportunities and choices.

The City has also amended the Code of Ordinances relating to multi-family dwellings. Multi-family dwellings contain multiple, separate residential dwelling units and may include apartments, townhomes, or duplexes. The City’s new ordinance changes have eliminated the minimum unit size requirements for multi-family dwelling units and reduced some of the regulations for small-scale multi-family developments (five units or less). The amendments provide greater flexibility for development, allow for lowered construction costs and foster affordability in the City’s housing market.

Increasing the availability of affordable housing improves the economic health of a community. To attract stable, long term commercial development, the City of Palm Bay must provide a mix of housing opportunities to accommodate a varied workforce. An adequate inventory of affordable housing is also key to retaining existing low- to moderate-income level jobs as property values rise and the commercial tax base increases over time. The City of Palm Bay is continuing to review ordinances to further enhance opportunities for affordable housing and will continue to work with community partners, residents, and developers to improve the availability of affordable housing to create a balanced, sustainable plan for municipal growth.

The City of Palm Bay’s Code of Ordinances is available online. Sign up to receive updates on new Code revisions via email by subscribing to City eNotifications.

Source: Palm Bay, Florida News

Tiny Homes Could be Affordable Housing Solution, Palm Bay Mayor Says

Palm Bay’s new ordinance changes have eliminated the minimum unit size for multi-family dwellings, and most recently submitted a request to allow tiny homes on wheels.

“Some people don’t want a mansion. Some people just want a place where they could go to sleep, and some people want to enjoy traveling,” Mayor Capote said.

Vargas, who’s in his 30s, agrees. He wants to use the money he saves from downsizing and renting out his larger home to travel.

“A trip we are planning is a road trip from Palm Bay to Lake Tahoe. It’s harder to do things like that when you have a $200,000 mortgage,” Vargas said.

City council will vote on the proposed text amendment for the tiny homes on wheels or (THOW) at its next meeting.

Source: Spectrum News 9

Note: The Blog Post Uses The Term Movable Tiny Homes which is also a THOW or tiny home on wheels.
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Grand Marasis, MN Seeking Public Comments On Housing

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Next City Council Meeting  Sept. 3rd, 2020

The City Of  Grand Marais Is Taking A Serious Look At Its Housing Issues


In 2019 the City sought proposals for a plan to address housing in Grand Marais. HKGi’s proposal was selected from a number of firms and over the last year, the city has been working with them to develop a solution to Grand Marais’ lack of housing.

After analyzing housing stock and undeveloped land within city limits, the planning commission began identifying adjustments to the zoning ordinance that would allow for more housing to be developed throughout the city through increased density, providing additional opportunity for housing, without the substantial levy increases required to fund new utilities and infrastructure projects.

As a strategy to reduce the city’s barriers to the development of more diverse and affordable housing types, some new housing types are being added in the City’s Zoning Ordinance as permitted uses to three zoning districts that are primarily residential:

  • Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) – sometimes called granny flats, an additional small apartment attached or in your backyard
  • Small apartment dwellings
  • Large apartment dwellings
  • Rowhouse/townhouse
  • Cottage courtyards – a small cluster of single-family homes arranged around a shared courtyard
  • The ordinance will allow for tiny houses as long as they have a foundation and are connected to city utilities

Each housing type will have unique lot and building standards identified in the ordinance. Minimum lot sizes are being reduced for single-family dwellings – from 10,000 sq. ft. to 4,000 sq. ft. and 75 ft. lot width to and 40 ft. lot width.

In most cases, the minimum side yard setbacks are proposed to be reduced from 10 ft. to 5 ft, and front yard setbacks will be flexible to reflect the existing setbacks of the surrounding homes.

The council did not set a firm deadline for public comments but said they would give it “about a month” at that July 8 meeting. The next meeting at which the Grand Marais Planning Commission can review public comments and consider changes is Wednesday, September 3rd, 2020

Grand Marais draft ordinance. Public comments will be accepted through email or mailed.

Please send your comments by email:

Please send your comments by mail:

Attn: Planning Commission
PO Box 600
Grand Marais, MN 55604

August 12th, 2020 City Council Meeting

View the documents below to learn more

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Humboldt County Approved The Movable Tiny Home Ordinance

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

Humboldt County

Tiny Homes On A Foundation And Movable Tiny Homes As ADUs!

Statement From Dan Fitzpatrick

Dan Fitzpatrick

Yesterday, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance to permit movable tiny homes as ADUs. The vote was 4-1. Humboldt County becomes the second county in California, and the state’s first rural county, to permit movable tiny homes as habitable ADUs.

 Dan Fitzpatrick, President of the Tiny Home Industry Association, said, “The Planning staff of Humboldt County has been great to work with this past year in writing this groundbreaking ordinance.  I think this action will lead to many of California’s other rural counties to consider such ordinances.”

Daniel R. Fitzpatrick


Tiny Home Industry Association (THIA)

The Humboldt County Planning Commission reviewed the ADU ordinance and related amendments in a series of five public hearings, beginning in May and through July of 2020.  At its July 23, 2020 meeting, a virtual meeting, the Commission recommended the following Drafts to the Board of Supervisors for adoption.

Inland Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance PC Recomm

Coastal Accessory Dwelling UnitOrdinance PC Recomm

Alternative Owner Builder Amendment PC Recomm

Tiny House Ordinance PC Recomm

Appendix Q Tiny House



Delete current definition, “secondary dwelling unit”.314-155 DEFINITIONS (T)

Tiny House. A structure intended for separate, independent living quarters, designed as a permanent, year-round residence for one household that

  1. Is built or installed on a permanent foundation or anchored with a foundation system meeting the state-approved requirements for manufactured housing, or that is designed by a licensed architect or engineer to meet those requirements
  2. Is no larger than 400 square feet;
  3. Has at least 120 square feet of first-floor interior living space;
  4. Is a detached self-contained unit which includes basic functional areas that support normal daily routines such as cooking, sleeping, and sanitation.


P69.05.1 Purpose and Findings.

The provisions of this chapter are intended to set forth standards in accordance with state law for the creation or conversion of at least one Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)per lot zoned to allow single-family or multifamily dwelling residential use.

In addition, this ordinance allows a Tiny House or Moveable Tiny House as defined in sections 314-155 and 314-148 as an ADU when developed consistent with this section.

An ADU does not exceed the allowable density for the lot on which it is located. For purposes of this section, a junior accessory dwelling unit (JADU) is an attached unit as defined in Govt. Code section 65852.22.

JADUs are principally permitted in all areas where ADUs are principally permitted, and special rules apply as set forth in section this code.

69.05.2 Accessory Dwelling Units Generally Permitted.

Accessory dwelling units may be principally permitted in any zone that allows single-family or multifamily dwelling residential use and includes a proposed or existing dwelling if the General Provisions in 69.05.3 are met, and the ADU meets the Development Regulations and Standards of section 69.05.4. Tiny Houses and Moveable Tiny Houses As ADUs

A Tiny House as defined in Section 314-155 that meets all applicable building and development standards in this code is deemed a single-family dwelling and is allowed as an ADU. A Moveable Tiny House as defined in Section 314-148 that meets all applicable building and development standards in this code, and meets the criteria in 69.05.5, is deemed a single-family dwelling and is allowed as an ADU.

69.05.5 Moveable Tiny House as an ADU

In addition to the other provisions of this section, Movable Tiny Houses as defined in Section 314-148 used as ADUs shall comply with all of the following provisions. Skirting.

The undercarriage (wheels, axles, tongue, and hitch) must be hidden from view. Foundation or Pad. Foundation.

If the wheels are removed so the unit may sit on a foundation, the foundation requirements for a Movable Tiny House shall follow the State approved requirements for foundation systems for manufactured housing, or follow an alternative design certified by a licensed engineer. Paved or Alternate Pad.

If the wheels are not removed, the parking area shall include bumper guards, curbs, or other installations adequate to prevent movement of the unit. The wheels and leveling or support jacks must sit on a paving surface compliant with either the following. Paving.

A parking area for a moveable tiny house on wheels shall be paved with hard, durable asphaltic paving that has been mixed at a plant and is at least two inches thick after compaction, with Portland cement paving least three inches thick, or an alternative as described below. Alternative Paving Materials.

An alternative paving material is one of the following: porous asphalt, porous concrete, permeable interlocking concrete pavers, permeable pavers, decomposed granite, crushed rock, gravel, and restrained systems (a plastic or concrete grid system confined on all sides to restrict lateral movement, and filled with gravel or grass in the voids.) Alternative paving materials are permitted subject to all the following requirements:

a)Permeable interlocking concrete pavers and permeable pavers shall have a minimum thickness of 80 mm (3.14 inches).

(b)Products and underlying drainage material shall be installed to meet manufacturers’ specifications. Sub-grade soils shall be compacted as required to meet the product installation specifications. Mechanical Equipment.

Mechanical equipment shall be incorporated into the structure and not located on the roof. Sprinklers.

Movable Tiny Houses are not required to have sprinklers but shall follow the ANSI 119.5 standards relating to health, fire, and life-safety. Applicable Codes.

Moveable Tiny Houses shall meet either the provisions of ANSI 119.5or NFPA 1192 standards, or the provisions of the California Building Code, including the 2019 CA Residential Code Appendix Q Tiny Houses or other adopted alternatives, or both. Design Standards.

Movable Tiny Houses must comply with all requirements for Detached ADUs and shall have the following design elements:

a)Materials used as exterior wall covering shall be natural or man-made, non-reflective materials; and no more than 10% of the exterior may be reflective in nature;

(b)Windows shall be at least double pane glass and labeled for building use, and shall include exterior trim;

(c)Roofs shall have a minimum of a 1:12 pitch for greater than 50%of the roof area;

(d)The unit shall be plumbed to allow connection to an approved means of sewage disposal, septic system, or waterless toilet. Portable or enclosed waste storage tanks are not allowed for sewage disposal.

(e)A Moveable Tiny House need not be connected to a source of electrical power, but if it is, the installation shall be in accordance with the California Electrical Code, Part 3, Title 24, California Code of Regulations.

Complete Ordinance

Inland Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance PC Recomm

Special Thanks To Dan Fitzpatrick, the President of the Tiny Home Industry Association. Dan worked alongside Mary Milner and Michael Richardson, the planners of Humboldt County to craft one of the most groundbreaking ordinances to date for tiny homes.

This is one more historic win for tiny homes that will open up more doors in the future, # Making Tiny Possible.

Contact Janet Thome to get your ADU or tiny home started!

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