The Future Just Got Brighter For The Tiny Home Industry!
Written by Janet Thome
The Tiny Home Industry Association has just selected Dan Fitzpatrick as our new President Elect as of Jan. 1st, 2020. Dan is the Director Of Government Relations for both the Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA) and the American Tiny House Association ( ATHA ). The future just brighter for the tiny home industry to have Dan at the helm along with the leadership of Brad Wiseman, our extraordinary CEO and Chairman of THIA, along with the members of THIA and ATHA to Make Tiny Possible! Affordable housing cannot wait.
”Thank you for your trust in electing me President of THIA. ” ” I will try my best to live up to your expectations in accomplishment of THIA’s 2020 work program. ”
Unifying A Movement by Developing Standards and Promoting Best Practices in The Construction, Placement and Widespread Use of Tiny Homes as Permissible and Permanent Housing.
We envision a world in which people are allowed to choose from a broader range of economical, ecologically responsible, safe and healthy housing solutions.
Dan Fitzpatrick: Key Proponent Of Moveable Tiny Homes In California
Dan Fitzpatrick has made presentations to cities and counties though out the west coast on the opportunities for tiny houses and moveable tiny houses as a means to meet the ever-growing need for affordable and sustainable housing. Dan was recently a major presenter at the California Rural Counties Association, the Oregon Symposium on Tiny Homes, Green California Summit 2018, as well as a speaker for the SMUD tiny home on wheels design competition in Sacramento.
In 2018, Dan conducted a series of workshops throughout California for Green Technology: ”Tiny Houses: A Sustainable, Eco-Friendly and Affordable Housing Solution” and training sessions for California local chapters of the American Tiny House Association on ”Legalizing Tiny Living”.
Dan has over 48 years of broad executive level management and administrative leadership experience in both public and private sector organizations. Because of his government and developer experience, he has been working with CA local governments to amend their planning and zoning codes to permit moveable tiny houses as ADU’s. He has assisted cities of Fresno, Los Angeles, SLO, Ojai and San Diego on their ordinances and as well as the counties of Placer, SLO, Monterey and Humboldt County.
He has made presentations to Planning Commissions, City Councils and Boards of Supervisors throughout CA. He is working with several California municipalities with several for demonstration infill tiny home projects.
Recent Progress In Smithville, Texas
In October, Dan was a guest speaker on a tiny home panel for the city of Smithville, Texas in October this year. Smithville was considering adopting Appendix Q for tiny homes on a foundation. Appendix Q was adopted into the 2018 International Residential Code ( IRC ) building code to provide regulations and standards for tiny homes on a foundation that is 400 square feet or less.
”Monday evening I represented the Tiny House Industry Association and the American Tiny House Association in Smithville, TX, a community outside Austin. A group of City Council and community members gathered to hear my presentation of tiny homes and how they could be incorporated within their community.”
”After a 2 hour meeting and answering many questions, the Council voted to direct the City Manager to prepare ordinances for tiny houses and movable tiny houses in their town.
The city manager has already reached out and asked our help in writing their ordinances. ”
This is such an impressive success, because they were not considering moveable tiny homes at all and Dan won them over with his expertise and presentation.
ATHA And THIA Go International!
”I have been asked by the British Columbia Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) to speak at their annual Vancouver conference. The topic will be on working with local and state governments in support of tiny houses as an affordable housing option.
The conference is mid-month with my presentation on November 19th. It will be exciting to gain insight into the tiny world of Canada, as they have many tiny builders and advocates.”
BC’s Affordable Housing Conference
Fresno Tiny Home Expo: THIA Is Advocating For You!
Dan Joined four board members at the recent Tiny Home Expo including, Zack Giffin, host of Tiny Home Nation, Alexis Stephens, co-founder of Tiny House Expedition, Lindsay Wood, tiny home consultant from Dreamer to Dweller and Alex Ontiveros, Vice President of Pacific West Tiny Homes.
THIA’s Initiatives And Goals
With our eyes on the future,
THIA supports the expansion of tiny home acceptance by
- Consensus-based development of construction standards, planning, and inspection protocols
- Professional development resources, tiny house movement research, and consumer education programs, along with news
- Collaboration on a coordinated approach to legitimize tiny homes as a safe, permissible and permanent quality housing option.
We Want To Thank Thom Stanton For His Service As President Of THIA
Thom Stanton is passing on the torch to Dan Fitzpatrick and we would to thank him for his service to THIA as the President and we wish him great success in his future endeavors. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his hard work as the key proponent of the state of Virginia to adopt Appendix Q which has has gained approval, including the 2021 edited changes.
Related Jurisdictions Allowing Moveable Tiny Homes
Affordable Housing Cannot Wait: Presentation By Dan Fitzpatrick
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.
Article Source The New Republic
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.
12 Tiny House Communities You Can Live In
If this sounds like an idyllic setting for your future tiny house on wheels, then good news! There’s a growing list of communities that fit the bill. Each has its own flair and varying amenities. One thing they all have in common is the idea that your living space extends beyond your personal itsy-bitsy square footage—your “bonus room” is the shared community spaces.
The Wayward Home
Rogers adapts to ‘tiny homes’
The city is writing rules to allow more tiny homes in Rogers.
Kelso’s neighborhood near downtown was built in 2016 on land zoned for mobile homes. Developers David and Chris Gallo recently tried to do a similar project with 39 homes on about 4 acres about 2 miles west of the existing homes.
They found that zoning regulations don’t allow the homes there.
The city’s planning staff presented a “cluster housing” proposal to a Planning Commission committee last week that would allow tiny homes and cottage court housing in some residential areas.
Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Rogers City Planners Propose New Zoning for Tiny Homes
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
Development Services Yavapai County
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.
Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association
“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.”
Some of Swearingen’s motivation comes from wanting to support local jobs and manufacturing. A new Fresno company, California Tiny House
, is now building these custom homes for people all over the state. It recently held an unusual open house to celebrate Fresno’s new rules, parking a 270-square-foot cottage on wheels in front of City Hall.
Tiny Homes in Fresno
San Diego officials say they plan to begin allowing movable “tiny houses” in backyards across the city, to help address the local homelessness and affordable housing crises.
The tiny houses, which are similar to granny flats but smaller, can be built more quickly and cheaply than granny flats and will create a new source of low-cost housing — without any government subsidies, city officials said this week.
Special Thanks To Dan Fitzpatrick: The Director Of Government Relations For ATHA and THIA
This is a week of good news in tiny house land! For the past several months ATHA and THIA have been working with the San Diego City Council and staff to legalize movable tiny houses as ADUs. As you may recall, I had the opportunity, several months ago, to present to the Council on the wisdom of including movable tiny houses as ADUs.
Today the Land Use and Housing council committee voted unanimously to direct City Attorney to draft an amendment to San Diego’s municipal code that would allow movable tiny houses as ADU’s.
Article Source The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Luis Obispo
The Community Development Department recently updated its Zoning Regulations which included provisions for Tiny Homes on Wheels in the backyard of on a site with an owner-occupied single-family residence. A single-family residence (Single-Unit Dwelling) is defined as a dwelling unit designed for occupancy by one household which is not attached to or located on a lot with commercial uses or other dwelling units.
Sonoma County, Ca,
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
Article Source ATHA
Caregiver caravans legal in Sonoma and other northern CA counties
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.
Tiny House Blog
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.
Tiny Homes At River Run Built By Sprout Tiny Homes
A Tiny Home Community in Silt, 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.
In Nantucket, a citizen’s petition to allow tiny houses on wheels in most residential districts was approved by the town in 2016.
Isaiah Stover is on track to be a Nantucket folk hero — he is the man behind the tiny house movement on an island dotted with McMansions and median home prices of $1.2 million. Stover drafted the bylaw amendment to change the Zoning Code of the Town of Nantucket to include tiny house units -a dwelling of less than 500 square feet built on a moveable trailer — passed by a two-thirds voice vote at Saturday’s Annual Town Meeting.
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.
Newport Plain Talk
Wheeled Tiny Homes Welcome! Cocke County, TN.
Forest Tiny Home Community- has two spaces for lease left for your wheeled tiny home in Newport, Tennessee in Cocke, County. All styles of tiny home are welcome here! The Forest Incredible Community is the first phase of three tiny home communities planned by Incredible Tiny Homes.
Beach And Prairie: 30 People Needed For Each Development
Beach and Prairie are two more planned communities that have not started development yet, they will still have the same requirement of 30 people to start the development.
Article Source Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins
The Pines RV Community-The Pines -situated among beautiful oak and pine trees, close to downtown Fort Worth, and the DFW Airport with a dedicated phase just for tiny homes!
Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association
Wildwood Forest, partnered with National Land Partners LLC created a residential/ vacation development of 26 lots from 10 to 15 acres. You are allowed to to have one site built home with a minimum of 1000 square feet, one out building and one guest home. You can also have a tiny home on wheels as your primary residence! Grand Opening is October 19th, 2019.
Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association
Vintage Grace Tiny Home Community
Vintage Grace is a tiny home community of park model homes in Yantis, Texas on 25 wooded acres. It has four scenic ponds and is minutes from Lake Fork. Year around living is allowed and encouraged at Vintage Grace. The community is owned by Jim and Kathie Brown, a retired couple who created a community of residents with similar values and desires to live a simpler life in a caring close-knit community. They desired to be close to all the amenities of the small and large cities but tucked away privately in a gated community in the woods.
Article Source Tiny Portable Cedar Cabins
Ohio’s first tiny home village
The lakefront Cedar Springs Tiny Village is the first of its kind within the state of Ohio.Gerald Brubaker has enthusiastically brought to life his vision of the “tiny” community, as the founder of Cedar Springs, with 27 sites currently established.
Located in New Paris, Ohio (just east of the Indiana state line), we are centrally located within 1.5 hours of Cincinnati, Columbus, and Indianapolis, and only 40 minutes from Dayton!
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.
Portland allows tiny homes with conditions. Details
Buckingham County, Virginia
Our Tiny Home Is A Legal Dwelling: Zone Approval Buckingham County, Virginia
We just closed on my land today…….the letter that is attached references that our tiny home will be considered a dwelling and taxed as a home/dwelling while still being able to reside on wheels, and not even forced to skirt the home unless we want to. They have only requested that we tie our dwelling down. We have the freedom to roll away when we want and come back when we want because of some wonderful people who were really willing to look at what we owned and make it happen. They do exist. You just have to find them.
Article Source Tiny Home Industry Association
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.
Check Back As I Add More Wins For Our Industry!
Where Can I Live Legally?
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.
Tiny Home Industry Association- Online Relaunch
The Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA ) has been working behind the scenes and is establishing a new board of directors. Stay tuned for some very exciting familiar faces that will be added to the board in the coming weeks!
We are in the process of relaunching our online presence. It will be a work in progress.
Who We Are and Why We Formed:
We are a unique collaboration of home builders, community developers, certification agencies, tiny home enthusiasts, and sustainable energy professionals who believe that a new “Housing Renaissance” is on the horizon that emphasizes debt-free living and energy sustainability for all.
What We Do For Our Members:
THIA addresses the contradictory world of construction standards, real estate zoning, and municipal ordinances that make up the myriad of rules and regulations that have made owning and living in a Tiny Home… well… complicated!
THIA aims to sort-out and streamline regulatory roadblocks and out-dated community building rules to:
· Create sustainable “Adaptable Community Codes” for the creation of innovative Tiny Home Communities.
· Develop “Sustainable Building Standards” that can unify and codify the quality of Tiny Homes built across a wide base of builders to meet health, safety, and energy efficiency standards.
At this time, all levels of membership will be free as we are reforming our board members, efforts and direction.
THIA And ATHA
The Tiny Home Industry Association ( THIA) and the American Tiny House Association ( ATHA) are associates and have agreed to have different focuses to move the legalization of tiny homes forward. The Tiny Home Industry Association will focus on standards development and one of the prime objectives is to become an ANSI Standards Developer for the tiny home industry.
THIA aims to protect the safety of tiny home enthusiasts and industry professionals by recommending and setting standards for the quality of construction of tiny housing structures on foundation and on wheels, including interior, framing, exterior, utilities, and attachment to trailers.
ATHA will focus on the promotion of local building and zoning regulation that allow tiny homes as a valid form of residential housing.
- To gather and provide information regarding the building of, and dwelling in, tiny houses
- To promote a healthy social and political environment conducive to tiny house building and dwelling
- To educate members regarding tiny house quality & safety.
- To network and cooperate with related government agencies, educational institutions, development organizations, and private industry to address these stated purposes.
- ATHA volunteers across the country are helping craft the tiny friendly ordinances that your community needs too.
Thank You ATHA
We cannot thank ATHA enough for their years of service and progress that they have accomplished for the tiny home industry.
Together We Are The Movement: The More We Organize, The Stronger We Become