Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tiny Houses Blurring the Building Codes in VA

York County, VA officials are trying to figure out whether the "tiny home" that they wanted to force out of a mobile home community in the upper part of the county can remain under Virginia building codes.

"We are, in good faith, trying to see what we can do," County Attorney James Barnett said recently.

If the 415-square-foot structure meets state building codes, the York County Board of Supervisors could consider amending the county's zoning ordinance to allow that type of structure in mobile home communities or other parts of the county, said interim County Administrator Mark Carter.

York County officials recently sent a letter to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development to determine whether the tiny home owned by Tom Rogers, 75, and Karen Rogers, 66, in Bruton Park meets any Virginia building codes.

The county had initially filed an appeal asking a circuit court judge to overturn the Zoning Board of Appeals' decision that granted the couple a variance so they could stay in their home after they got a notice from the county requiring them to vacate the property.

Maybe this was one of the new Winnebago Park Models that Champion Homes is manufacturing. Just curious.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

415 square feet is too big to be a Park Model, it needs to be under 400. This is the problem with some of the tiny house movement, when they are not being built to any code.