Should Tiny Homes Be Allowed In Humboldt County, Ca.?

Should Tiny Homes Be Allowed In Humboldt County, Ca.?

Seeking Public Comments To Help County Decide

Written By Janet Thome

Humboldt County, California- Should tiny homes be allowed? Where tiny houses will be allowed in the future depends on how the county  defines tiny houses  and what codes and standards apply to their construction. The public is invited to help the County figure out if, when and where they should be allowed by contacting Mary Milner, the planner of Humboldt County.

California Definition

There is currently no official definition of a Tiny House in California. However, in practice, it is generally understood that a Tiny House is a permanent dwelling or bedroom less than 400 square feet in size, either built on a tow able chassis (Moveable Tiny House) or attached to a foundation.

Proposed Definition

The definition of the Tiny House dictates which building code or standards apply to its construction. Humboldt County proposes a definition that includes the following characteristics:

Classification as a permanent, year-round dwelling,

On wheels or on a foundation

.A few jurisdictions around the state have adopted local ordinances that permit Tiny Homes on Wheels (also known as Moveable Tiny Houses) as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). These are These are Fresno, Ojai, Placer County, San Luis Obispo  and Los Angeles (proposed, not yet approved).

Why Promote Tiny Houses?

When the International Code Commission (ICC )made changes to its residential code (IRC) in 2018 to facilitate Tiny House construction, its rule making document cited these reasons:

Average US home size is increasing, while family decreasing;

Tiny Houses use a fraction of the wood and wood products of a conventional home

Lifetime conditioning costs can be as low as 7% of conventionally sized homes;

Increased housing cost makes home ownership unfeasible for many;

Tiny Houses can add to affordable  owned and rental housing stock

Tiny House Fact Sheet

Call  Mary Milner, Planner at 707-268-3772

Eureka Is Encouraging Homeowners To Build ADUs In Their Backyards

One of the city’s main priorities is encouraging homeowners to build mother-in-law units in their backyards and to offer perks to developers who construct affordable-by-design units.

There are also 22 churches in the city, most of which are zoned in single-family residential zones and which also have large parking lots, Holmlund said. A couple of parking spaces in those lots can also be used for tiny houses.

“We encourage all the churches in town to do this,” Holmlund said. “Maybe they have the resources to find someone that is very low-income or homeless, have them live in that unit, work with them, coach them into reintegrating into society and then we have 22 more housing units just like that.”

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2019 Housing Element

Welcome to Humboldt County’s Housing Element Update page. It is intended to inform people, and invite community input about current and future housing in the unincorporated parts of the county.

Housing Element Progress – Latest Version

The files below represent the version of the Housing Element to be presented at the August 20, 2019 Board of Supervisors hearing. It includes public input, revisions requested by the Planning Commission, by Dept. of Housing and Community Development (HCD), and by Legal Services of Northern California. The last file is a summary of the revisions.

Topics Related To Housing
New allowances for ADUs
New allowances for Tiny Houses
How Can You Participate?

You are invited to help us update the Housing Element in several ways:

Sign up for notifications
Attend workshop(s)
Take our surveys
Submit written comments
Attend Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors hearings
Notifications

You can sign up for email or text notifications for the Housing Element update and other topics on the County’s website at: Notify Me

Select “General Plan Implementation” for Housing Element workshops, meetings, and notices.

Surveys

As work on the Element progresses, interactive surveys and tools for public comment on specific topics will be incorporated into this and other websites. To receive notifications as surveys become available, sign up at Notify Me. Select “General Plan Implementation”.

Written Comments

Please send written communications to: longrangeplanning@co.humboldt.ca.us

All comments will be part of public record.

Contact Person for Housing Element

2019 Housing Element

Michelle Nielsen, email: MNielsen@co.humboldt.ca.us

With Housing Element Passed, Staff Pushes Forward on Tiny Houses  August 29th, 2019

The nonprofit Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives, which has long lobbied for creative solutions to the county’s housing crisis, applauded the board’s vote to pass a plan that, in addition to tiny homes, also includes provisions for a sanctuary parking program and campground.

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Bold New Approaches

But there are also some “bold new approaches,” according to the county’s staff report. “For example,” it states, “the amendments propose to dramatically expand allowances for accessory dwelling units (formally known as second units), and to create new allowances for tiny homes, moveable tiny houses, and tiny house villages.”

This comes as welcome news to many of the county’s most prominent activists on homelessness issues. Nezzie Wade, board president of the group Affordable Homeless Housing Alternatives (AHHA), said she’s very happy the county has included tiny houses in its plan.

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Related: Shit Talking: Humboldt County Looks at Adjusting Compost Toilet Rules Amidst Bureaucratic Tangle

A handful of rural resident stakeholders see composting toilets as the most environmentally responsible method for disposing of human waste in Humboldt County. When residents live away from communities with sewage services, wastewater is generally treated with septic systems under California Plumbing Code, but a group of rural residents are saying septic systems needlessly waste water and energy. These stakeholders are encouraging the County to not merely allow water-less and composting toilet systems but to see them as the preferred method of waste treatment in low density areas such as Southern Humboldt.

Article Source Redheaded Blackbelt

Related: Water less Toilet Systems Ordinance Passed

Photo Credit: American Tiny House

Tiny Homes In Lyons, Colorado

Tiny Homes In Lyons, Colorado

 

Tiny Homes Are Legal In Lyons, Colorado

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 ).

I want to chronicle this  journey that has helped the entire tiny home industry.

Chuck Ballard, President of Pacific West Associates and Director of Standards for THIA was also instrumental in legalizing tiny homes in Lyons, Colorado.

According To Connie Sullivan: Mayor Of Lyons, Colorado

In Lyons, you can now have a tiny home on wheels as an ADU. The only place in CO where it is legal to do so. Kudos to the PCDC for their work on this complex ordinance. They spent two years researching and crafting a policy that will allow home owners to become or partner with tiny home enthusiasts to create affordable living solutions in Lyons.

Lyons doesn’t often “go first” where policy is concerned, but in this case it was important to lead. Boulder County has a serious affordable housing shortage, and we understand tiny homes thanks to local businesses like Wee Casa and SimBLISSity. This was a well thought out effort with a lot of input. Let’s see where it goes, but I look forward to getting to know the folks who are part of this movement. They will fit right in. Just another reason why Lyons is the coolest town on the front range.

Accessory Dwelling Units In Lyons, Colorado

Dwelling Unit, Accessory (ADU) means a second, subordinate unit co-located on the same lot as a principal residence in a single-family residential zone district. An accessory dwelling unit is no larger than eight hundred (800) square feet and may be either added to, co-located with as a detached unit, or created within a principal single-family detached dwelling.  ADUs are created for the purpose of accommodating a second family that lives separately from the family residing in the principal single-family detached dwelling.   An ADU is occupied by a second family that enjoys spatially segregated living space that provides for cooking, sanitation and sleeping that is separate from and accessory to and subordinate to the principal single-family detached dwelling.  In this definition, “family” refers to that term as it is defined in this Section 16-1-160.

Article Source townoflyons.com

Town Ordinance 1047

Tiny Homes Get Unanimous Approval From Lyons Planning Commission

Lyons has struggled with an insufficient stock of affordable housing since the 2013 floods ripped through the community. On Monday night, the Planning and Design Commission unanimously passed a resolution recommending that tiny homes on wheels be allowed under the town’s code, offering one more potential option to a community constrained by regulations and geography.

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Small But Mighty

Sensing a need in the market, Fears started SimBLISSity to build larger and more luxurious tiny homes. “When we first started in 2014, I got hate emails accusing me of destroying the movement,” says SimBLISSity’s Byron Fears. “When you watch the TV programs,” he says, “it’s clear that most of those houses are designed by a guy who doesn’t have a girlfriend or boyfriend.” In those tiny lofts, “you’re restricted to one position, and that doesn’t encourage romance, so we built in sofas and all sorts of creature comforts,” he says. Fears adds that living in Colorado requires more space to store winter gear for playing o

“I see the tiny house movement as only growing from here,” says Alexis Stephens of Tiny House Expedition. “We live in a world with a lot of chaos and instability, and it makes too much sense to live within your means.”

Tiny Homes And Tiny Roadblocks

How Small Can You Live In Boulder, County?

The Aspen, a 24′ tiny home built by Byron Fears  was featured in The Boulder Weekly, at the beginning of his journey to legalize tiny homes in Lyons, Colorado. In 2015, tiny homes on wheels were not allowed. All structures had to be attached to a foundation.

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Byron Fears

Lyons, Colorado

Byron Fears is the head creative and designer of custom built SimBLISSity Tiny Homes, located near Boulder, Colorado.  His love of Tinys led him and his wife, Dot, to a path of building for, and ushering people towards, more sustainable and size-appropriate lifestyles.

Byron is an enthusiastic, multifaceted individual who has participated in many creative careers and is now totally captivated by “Changing the world one Tiny Home at a time!”

Byron’s experience living Tiny in vans, sailboats, and RV’s, and his decades of extensive building and remodeling experience combine to create beautiful, space-efficient yet comfortable Tiny Homes on Wheels.  Byron understands that choosing to live in a Tiny Home is not a tiny thing, but is a serious commitment; he can offer helpful advice, even counseling.

He loves to be a “voice of reason” to make your dreams of Tiny living a happy and successful reality.  He has a refreshing and exciting approach to living and reminds everyone, “You don’t need to be a Monk to live Tiny.” You can enjoy luxury in simplicity. Additionally, Byron offers full design and Tiny Home building services, Tiny Shells for the DIY’ers and a 911/Rescue service for those do-it-yourselfers who need assistance at any stage of their design or build.

Byron is constantly reminding everyone that “SimBLISSity doesn’t build Tiny Houses, they build Tiny Homes.   There is a big difference!”

Byron and his wife Dot live off-grid in Bliss Canyon near the utopian society of Boulder, Colorado.  They are a living example of alternative and sustainable living.

He always strives to prove that “Not all Tinys are created equal!” and takes great pride in building sustainable Tiny Homes to help support sustainable lifestyles in hopes of a sustainable future for the Plant Earth.

SimBLISSity has built 30 Tiny Homes to date; Byron will be speaking at this year’s Jamboree on appropriate building materials for Tiny Homes on Wheels; you can count on him the make this subject matter interesting and entertaining.

SimBLISSITY Gypsy Bliss Wagon

SimBLISSity Tiny Homes

SimBLISSity Tiny Homes is certified by Pacific West Associates, experts in the RV Industry with over 30 years experience.