Posts Categorized: Zoning & Building Codes by Country or State

12/29 In Rapid City, Tiny houses are a step in right direction

Mayor Steve Allender is thinking big and out of the box these days as he begins to tackle Rapid City’s affordable housing shortage. Allender is looking at tiny houses as part of the solution in a community where jobs that pay even $14 an hour are difficult to find. But now, the mayor is going… Read more »

12/27 Transition to tiny house life poses big challenges for Nebraska family

For the six-member Mike family, living in their pair of tiny houses felt just right. But everything else that comes along with owning a tiny house — construction costs and the bureaucracy of finding land — wasn’t so cozy. Since the family sold its house this summer, moved into an RV and built its collective… Read more »

12/20 Tiny house rules loom large in Pitt County, NC

Pitt County commissioners delayed action on amendments to the rules governing tiny houses and recreational vehicles after two people speaking at Monday night’s public hearing said the language was troublesome. The commissioners directed Planning Director James Rhodes to meet with the speakers and explore ways to help them before a vote on changing text in… Read more »

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

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… Read more »

12/17 Ma Casita seeks to provide tiny houses as affordable housing in Lawrence, MA

In a city where a big chunk of the population, half, spends a big chunk of its income, half, on housing, the chance to own a tiny house with a tiny mortgage generates big interest. It excites Franallen Acosta, 23, a 6-foot 6-inch Lawrence man who ducks when entering many homes but is keen to… Read more »

12/11 Tiny house community coming to South Bend?

A group hopes South Bend will become a pioneer in America’s tiny house movement with a tiny subdivision on the city’s near northwest side. The plans, still in the concept stage, would involve six to eight tiny houses, defined as measuring 250 to 400 square feet, built on permanent foundations across two vacant lots at… Read more »

12/09 Tiny house community proposed to Athens-Clarke planning commission

A development proposal that would return part of an intown residential neighborhood to what it was a century ago has captured the imagination of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia planning commissioners, but neighborhood residents are worried it could bring additional traffic and might force their property taxes upward. Laurie deVegter, an Atlanta-based real estate agent and developer… Read more »

12/08 Who profits from relaxed rules to allow micro homes? Rules are bonkers, says Royal Institute of British Architects

RIBA’s housing lead has dubbed the ability of new housing developments that feature communal space and very small living units to skirt planning rules a “scandal”. Julia Park, who is interim chair of the institute’s housing group, told a London Assembly Housing Committee session on space standards that it was “bonkers” that some housing types… Read more »

12/01 Couple wins right to keep tiny house in backyard of larger Brisbane, Australia property

In a landmark decision, the Queensland Building and Development Dispute Resolution Committee ruled tiny homes with wheels should be treated like caravans and thus do not require a building permit. Lara Nobel and Andrew Carter were facing the prospect of having to move following a complaint from a neighbour and a decision by the Brisbane… Read more »