Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A New Tiny House Ordinance Could Soon Sweep the Country

Moscow, Idaho will soon allow modular homes and certain tiny homes in mobile home parks and the six-month stay limitation for recreational vehicles in RV parks will be eliminated.

It all started when the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission was asked to consider removing the six-month limitation for RV occupancy.

The commission also began looking at recent housing trend examples, such as tiny homes and modular homes, that might fit in manufactured housing parks and provide an opportunity to better utilize the older and smaller-scale manufactured home parks in the city.

“I think the commission felt this was maybe opening the door to allow for repurposing of some of the older mobile home parks with some different housing options and certainly those that may be considered to be more affordable as well,” Bill Belknap, Moscow deputy city supervisor of community planning and design said.

Besides allowing modular homes, or prefabricated buildings, in manufactured home parks, tiny homes that are on a chassis and wheels would be allowed at RV parks and manufactured home parks.

A public hearing will take place Jan. 21 and a decision on the proposed changes.

If this passes, look for other cities across the country to take a closer look at this ordinance for their towns and cities.

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