The following framework was written by Rewa Marathe, our State Chapter Leader for Connecticut, and an architect and planner at Milone & MacBroom. It can be used to facilitate conversations about the important decisions that impact smaller homes, and ways to fill in the blanks to make zoning more tiny house friendly.

Bulk Standards for Single Family, Multi-Unit, Attached and Detached Residential Units

  1. No unit shall be smaller than ________________.
  2. Total lot coverage on a single lot (impervious surface) shall be no more than __________.
  3. Dwelling units may be attached or detached. If detached, they must be _____ feet from the closest structure.
  4. Setbacks shall be no less than: ______ in front, _____ on side, _____ in rear.
  5. Floor Area Ratio: ______ max
  6. Density:­
    – a maximum of ____ person(s) for every ____ sq. ft. up to ____ people per unit.
    – 1 unit per ____ sq. ft. and a maximum of ___ units per ______ sq. ft.
  7. Parking: minimum of ___ parking space(s) per dwelling unit.
  8. Each unit shall have the following:­
    – Living space
    ­ – Sleeping space
    ­ – Kitchenette
    ­ – Shower + Toilet space
    These spaces may or may not be divided by walls.
  9. Windows shall be no less than ________ of floor area.
  10. There shall be a minimum of two means of exit in the dwelling unit, one of which shall be the main entrance.
  11. Must follow _____________ building standards.