We Are Making Progress For Moveable Tiny Homes
Written By Janet Thome
Appendix Q for tiny homes on a foundation is becoming widely accepted and welcomed by jurisdictions that benefit the consumer, builder and the jurisdiction to finally have a standard. I have been documenting the states and jurisdictions across the nation that have adopted Appendix Q and what I have discovered is the jurisdictions are grateful for a definition and a means to regulate tiny homes.
We have a long way to go regarding moveable tiny homes as permissible and permanent dwellings, but there has been great successes thanks to all the American Tiny House Advocates ( ATHA) as they forge the path. We owe a special thanks to Dan Fitzpartrick, the Director of Government Relations of both ATHA and THIA for opening doors in many jurisdictions in California which can be used as an example across the nation. Nick Mosley, Vice President of ATHA and board member of THIA, has also been a key player in moving mountains in California, allowing moveable tiny homes as ADUs in backyards.
Tiny Houses: Affordable Sustainable Eco-Friendly
Dan Fitzpatrick gave lectures all across California and created a presentation on moveable tiny homes that is an excellent tool if you are working with a jurisdiction.
How Do I Get Zoning Passed In My Area For Tiny Houses In My Area?
This is a great guide that we can all learn from written by Rene’ Hardee , Florida Chapter Leader of ATHA sharing her success story on Tiny House Talk. Details
Affordable Housing Cannot Wait
The New American Homeless
We are in a crisis and there is a New American Homeless.Housing insecurity in the nation’s richest cities is far worse than government statistics claim. Just ask the Goodmans.
Last August, Cokethia Goodman returned home from work to discover a typed letter from her landlord in the mailbox. She felt a familiar panic as she began to read it. For nearly a year, Goodman and her six children—two of them adopted after being abandoned at birth—had been living in a derelict but functional three-bedroom house in the historically black Peoplestown neighborhood of Atlanta. Goodman, who is 50, has a reserved, vigilant demeanor, her years trying to keep the kids out of harm’s way evident in her perpetually narrowed eyes.
She saw the rental property as an answer to prayer. It was in a relatively safe area and within walking distance of the Barack and Michelle Obama Academy, the public elementary school her youngest son and daughter attended. It was also—at $950 a month, not including utilities—just barely affordable on the $9 hourly wage she earned as a full-time home health aide. Goodman had fled an abusive marriage in 2015, and she was anxious to give her family a more stable home environment. She thought they’d finally found one.
Documenting Our Successes For Moveable Tiny Homes
This will be a blog post in progress as I add the successes we are achieving for moveable tiny homes. Please share if you have a success story.
Camp Verde: On Oct. 24, 2018, the Camp Verde Town Council approved an agri-tourism use permit for a community of tiny houses on wheels, vintage recreational vehicles and agri-tourism events. The 15-acre parcel that would house the complex is owned by Camp Verde residents Carmen Howard and her husband David.
A Park Model is allowed as a Dwelling Unit per Section 565 of the Yavapai County Planning and Zoning Ordinance. A permit is required prior to installation of a Park Model Unit
Tiny Homes On Wheels Are Legal In Mobile Home Parks In Arizona
According to Susan Brenton, Executive Director of Manufactured Housing of Arizona, Tiny Homes on Wheels are legal in mobile home parks in Arizona. The newer parks primarily cater to the modular market. The older parks are most appropriate for Tiny Homes.
“We are the first city in the nation to actually write into its development code authorization for ‘tiny homes,’ ” says Mayor Ashley Swearingen. “If there’s one thing that Californians should know about Fresno, it’s that we are full of surprises. And just when you’ve think you’ve pegged us to be one type of community, we’ll surprise you.”
Tiny houses on wheels are allowed as caregiver dwellings in Sonoma County, CA, as well as Napa, Lake, Mendocino, Alameda, Contra Costa & Sacramento, according to Sonya Tafejian of
Tiny House Consulting Sonoma County, phone 707-779-9474.
Sonoma County Zoning Code: Section 26-88-010
Colorado’s Tiny House Movement, Communities and Resources Galore
The tiny house movement in Colorado is booming. Despite limited legal parking opportunities for tiny homes on wheels. But that is changing in a big way, thanks to community developers and local advocates. Their efforts have been aided by all the positive press about the last few years’ exuberant festivals, from the first Tiny House Jamboree to the annual Colorado Tiny House Festival and the People’s Tiny House Festival.
Several smaller events and the gorgeous WeeCasa hotel have added to the growing tiny buzz. The roster of Colorado-based tiny home builders is ever-growing—there are over 24 to choose from! DIY building options are plentiful, as well. The Denver metro is home to TrailerMade Trailers, Einstyne Tiny Homes (tiny house shell specialists) and DIY build sites are available from Tiny Home Connection and Colorado Custom Coachworks.
The journey to legalize tiny homes on wheels in Lyons, Colorado was a three year journey. We need to thank Byron Fears, owner of SimBLISSity Tiny Homes for being on the forefront of this battle. Byron Fears is the Director Of Communications for the Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA ).
Chuck Ballard, President of Pacific West Associates and Director of Standards for THIA was also instrumental in legalizing tiny homes in Lyons, Colorado.
Jasper, Florida- 40L Ranch in Jasper, Florida is a tiny home village for single women over 55 years of age. 40L affectionately stands for four old ladies. The tiny home village is an agricultural community who love horses! They allow tiny homes on a foundation, wheels or Park Models, Details
Brevard, Floridia -Cheatham said the tiny homes are now being allowed in some neighborhoods both in the city of Longwood and in Brevard County where the commission recently came to an agreement.
“Brevard County now has a new piece of property that has just opened up some lots, it’s called Braveheart Properties in northern Brevard, and they actually are gonna be the first ones here in Brevard that will have an actual tiny home community — both on wheels, like the one you’re staying in, and on foundations,” Cheatham said.
It’s all happening off a side road in Newport, Tennessee. Now people are moving to a Cocke County and jobs are being created. “We’ve got 68 people moving to Cocke County from all over the United States. From New Mexico. From Washington. From Arizona. While this may have you itching to invest in a tiny home, be mindful of strict local regulations and coding. Cocke County has embraced them but regulations on what defines ‘a house’ haven’t caught up everywhere.
“The county is open to tiny homes. There’s no restrictions,” Jones said.
Lake Dallas Tiny Village : Approved As A Planned Development Referencing 2018 IRC Appendix V- Adapted By Approval Of Lake Dallas For Tiny Homes On Wheels
Amended Ordinance 20190502-LD Ord Amending Tiny Home PD Ordinance-107709
Amended Ordinance Ordinance 2017-14 Amending Zoning Ordinance Gotcher
Note: Appendix Q was previously called Appendix V
The Ruscombmanor Township supervisors approved a zoning amendment on Sept. 5 allowing accessory dwellings such as tiny homes in residential districts. According to township Solicitor Paul T. Essig, the revision will allow one accessory dwelling unit (ADU) per property, and the unit may house relatives or caregivers for the owners of the main house. They cannot be rented.
The ordinance targets tiny homes that usually can be wheeled onto a space near but separate from the home, and can either be removed or converted into non-residential use, such as storage, once they’re no longer needed.
Essig said residents with the tiny homes would be required to obtain a permit, which the board set for $150, and have the permit reviewed every six months by a township zoning officer. Details.
The Small House Specialty Code And Oregon Reach Code address moveable tiny homes. Details
Portland allows tiny homes with conditions. Details
Senate Bill ESSB 5383 that went into effect July 28th, 2019 is a great win for moveable tiny homes. The provided a definition -“Tiny house” and “tiny house with wheels” means a dwelling to36be used as permanent housing with permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation built in accordance with the state building code.
Individual cities and counties may allow tiny houses with wheels to be collected together as tiny house villages using the binding site plan method articulated in chapter 58.17 RCW.
Except as provided under subsection (4) of this section, a city or town may not adopt an ordinance that has the effect, directly or indirectly, of preventing the entry or requiring the removal of recreational vehicle or tiny house with wheels as defined in section165 of this act used as a primary residence in manufactured/mobile home communities.
Washington state is in the public comment stage regarding the adoption of Appendix Q until Sept 27th, 2019.
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Please review the Where Can I Live Legally page, there are a lot of resources for finding tiny home villages and creative ways to find a place to live in a moveable tiny home.