12/18 Beech Mountain, NC town planner proposes outlawing tiny houses

Beech Mountain Town Planner James Scott (right, standing) makes a presentation regarding “tiny houses” to the town council. Town attorney Stacy Eggers IV (left, seated) is listening to the presentation

Beech Mountain Town Planner James Scott (right, standing) makes a presentation regarding “tiny houses” to the town council. Town attorney Stacy Eggers IV (left, seated) is listening to the presentation. Photo by Thomas Sherrill.

Town Planner James Scott made three presentations to the council in which he asked for future public hearings on three items. The first request was for the town to amend its regulations regarding fire extinguishers to align with the state’s ordinances. The motion was approved.

The second was to explore a proposed ordinance regarding the minimum size for detached single family dwellings. Beech Mountain currently has no minimum size, so it falls in with the state’s policy, which Scott believes to be 200 square feet. [Note: this is not precisely correct, although practically a good estimate. NC law requires that homes meet the 2012 International Residential Code which requires a house have at least one room that is 120 sq ft or larger, so with a kitchen and bath, a tiny house meeting the 2012 code would likely be at least 200 sq ft.] After going over all of the detached single family dwellings in the town, Scott proposed a minimum size of 800 square feet, which aligns with the smallest known dwelling in town limits.

Read more – http://www.wataugademocrat.com/watauga/beech-mountain-council-discusses-water-project-tiny-houses/article_6447bafe-36b5-5ac2-a9d7-f31e0694dd25.html

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