Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Opening the Door to Ordinances Allowing Tiny Houses in Residential Neighborhoods

With new home prices on the rise and more people not being able to afford them, one city in Florida decided to step up to the plate and allow tiny houses on permanent foundations to be set in select residential neighborhood zoning areas.

Typical of what a tiny house in Florida should look like

The city of Milton in Northwest Florida now allows for downsized versions of traditional houses on permanent foundations that are as small as 300 square feet, on lots as small as 3,500 square feet.

Tiny homes are permitted in the City’s R-U (rural) and R-3 (high density) zoning districts. The ordinance came to fruition following discussions among the City Council, City Housing Work Group committee, and City staff, which illustrated a need for alternative housing options for individuals and families unable to afford the market rate of Milton’s current housing stock.

The ordinance holds tiny homes to the same design IRC standards as any other single-family home in the City, the only difference being their reduced size. Storage units or other unconventional structures that may be used as tiny homes in other places, including tiny homes on wheels, are not allowed under this ordinance in Milton. Tiny home lots and subdivisions are required to be landscaped just like any other residence, and the subdivisions will have common areas and recreational amenities for residents to enjoy.”

This is good news for some new homeowners looking to own their own home in a normally unaffordable area. 

The downsides are the restrictions on Tiny Houses on Wheels and storage shed housing that is becoming popular on the West Coast. Both good things.

My Guess: Look for a new modular factory to pop up building IRC tiny (small) homes for Milton and what will most certainly be the first of many cities in Florida.

Gary Fleisher, the Modcoach, writes Modcoach News and Modular Home Coach blogs as well as the best site for off-site consultants, Modcoach Connects

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1 comment:

  1. What are teh first steps in petitionong a community to allow Tiny Houses in a community ?