Excerpt from a guest post by Rene’ Hardee for Tiny House Talk.
How do I get zoning passed for Tiny Houses?
This question has plagued me ever since I got wind of this magnificent movement that is sweeping the Nation. Whenever I asked this question, I usually encountered either one of two answers; a complete avoidance of my question, substituted by more selling as to why I should build a Tiny House, or a lot of uncomfortable silences and eye contact avoidance, peppered with some “wells” and “uhms”. Neither answer was satisfactory for me.
You see, I am a family of 4; myself, my husband, and our two small children. We both work in the City. We don’t want a long commute. Our kids go to school. We need routine. We need stability. We need to know someone is not going to ask us to move tomorrow.
With no clear answers, I could have called it quits on our Tiny House dream. No one would have blamed me. I could’ve let others blaze the trail, excusing myself as being too busy or risk adverse. Or I could’ve simply waited 20 years until the movement became more mainstream.
But my desire to have a Tiny House didn’t seem to be waning, just growing stronger. So I thought I might hike up my big-girl pants and do something about it. Since there wasn’t a place already designated to put a Tiny House in my City, I decided to actually MAKE a place.
Below is an outline of the steps I took (with some lessons learned inserted) to get a new Tiny House zoning regulation adopted into the city of Rockledge, FL. They are meant to provide guidance to everyone who wants to build a Tiny House, but doesn’t know where to put it.
Continue at Tiny House Talk: http://tinyhousetalk.com/how-do-i-get-zoning-passed-for-tiny-houses-in-my-area/
Thanks for posting this, Elaine. I’ll be curious to see how Renee funds this venture!
I think it will be funded by a developer rather than Rene. If we can show that there are folks interested in buying into the community, it makes it a lot easier to find a developer willing to make the investment.
Thank you for the post. I am looking into getting the laws passed in my state. I need a home and an income.