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11/21 Mt. Vernon, IL City Council to Discuss a Moratorium on Tiny Houses

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The City Council will meet in special session Monday to talk about a TIF request from Menard’s and a moratorium on “tiny houses.”

The small house movement, also known as “tiny house movement” describes a new national trend to live in small houses.
“Simply put, it is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in,” information from The Tiny Life states. “The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet.”

People join the movement for reasons such as finances, environmental concerns and the desire to have more time and freedom.

Recently, two inquiries have been made about having tiny houses in the city.

“Whereas many tiny houses and similar small dwelling units do comply with most local building, housing and zoning codes, including the Codes of the City of Mt. Vernon … tiny houses and similar small dwelling units are prohibited by the City of Mt. Vernon Zoning Code (except with an individual variance after application, notice and hearing) and require substantial expenditure to comply with the applicable building, housing and zoning codes … the City Council desires to study and review the zoning provisions of the Revised Code to determine if tiny houses and similar small dwelling units … should be permitted and, if so, the minimum floor area permitted and the location of where such tiny houses and small dwellings should be permitted.”

The resolution states the council does not want tiny houses permitted at all until it completes its study and review, for a period of six months or until amendments are enacted to the zoning code that would permit tiny houses and similar small dwelling units.

Source – http://www.register-news.com/news/city-talks-tif-housing/article_73472020-8fe3-11e5-87d0-fbde5e10b929.html

Building code map

Handy map of the US. Just click on your state (in the link, not on the picture) to see which building codes are in effect: http://www.iccsafe.org/about-icc/overview/international-code-adoptions/

International Code Council Map

International Code Council map

Park Model RV Regulations, State-by-State

The RVIA has provided a table showing regulations by state for park model RVs
http://www.rvia.org/UniPop.cfm?v=2&OID=3531&CC=7616

What is a park model? 

Below is a description from the RVIA:

On July 1, 2012, RVIA created a new membership category for manufacturers of park model RVs (PMRVs). A park model RV (also known as a recreational park trailer) is a trailer-type RV that is designed to provide temporary accommodation for recreation, camping or seasonal use. PMRVs are built on a single chassis, mounted on wheels and have a gross trailer area not exceeding 400 square feet in the set -up mode. They are certified by their manufacturers as complying with the ANSI A119.5 standard for recreational park trailers.

PMRVs are most often used in recreational vehicle campgrounds. They may be owned by the campground and rented to guests, or they may be brought in and used exclusively by their owners on a site rented or leased from the campground. They can also be placed by their owners on private property. These RVs are used for recreational purposes only. They are not meant to be permanently affixed to the property, they do not improve property values in any way, and they are neither designed nor intended by their manufacturers to be used as permanent residences.

Two different types of park model RVs are offered. One type is less than 8′ 6″ in width and is designed for frequent travel on the highways while the other and more popular type is wider than 8′ 6″ (usually 12′ in width), and must be transported with special movement permit. The 8′ 6″ unit typically is expandable when it reaches its destination utilizing slide-outs or tip-outs. The wider units, being less mobile, are usually sited in a resort or RV park location for an extended term, typically several years. Park model RVs are titled as vehicles by the various states. This is because PMRVs are built on permanent chassis such that they can be and are moved either within a campground or between campgrounds.

Free Online Zoning Codes

Here are two sources of online codes:

  • Municodes from the Nation’s leading legal publisher.
  • The American Legal Publishing Company provides a free online library of state and municipal codes for most locations. Click on the map to go to the library and chose your state and city. Then search or scroll for descriptions of minimum lot sizes, setback rules, etc.

    American Legal Publishing Compay online library

    American Legal Publshing Company online library


    Information is available for all states except these 13: AL, CO, ID, KS, LA, MO, MS, ND, NV, UT, VT, WA, WY.