KRCC Housing Advisory TeamKitsap County: Commissioner Charlotte GarridoCity of Bainbridge Island: Council Member Val Tollefson City of Bremerton: Mayor Patty Lent City of Poulsbo: Mayor Becky Erickson City of Port Orchard: Mayor Tim Matthes e.g.Zoning?Fire Code?Incentivize?
Elected Officials Knowledgeable Resources Local Government Staff Citizen Advocates A Discussion within Our Community andLook Who’s Here! Local Building & Planning Staff Social Service Agencies Building Community Housing Authorities
Why Tiny Houses? Average Home Size 1,780 square feet (1978) 2,479 square feet (2007) Architectural & social movement Living simply In small houses 1973 1987 1997 The Not So Big HouseSarah Susanka “Getting away from it all”
But what are Tiny Houses? • Key design factors: • Built to RV specs or … • Anchored vs. Wheels • Assembled vs. Pre-fab
Where are Tiny House Villages & Communities? New Zealand
What are Challenges of Tiny Homes? Neighborhood reactions to in-fill clusters of low income people e.g. Tent Cities Group Homes Permitting Utility Hook-ups Occupant Health & Safety Not cost-effective for developers to “do it right” By the time you deal with code restrictions & requirements, no longer affordable housing
5 Secrets They Don’t Want You to Know Most cities are “complaint driven enforcement” meaning if your neighbors don’t say anything, they don’t seek you out. In 2012 and 2013, most cities started cutting back their code enforcement staff and they’d rather leave you alone. If you maintain an address at a traditional home, it’s hard for them to prove you live in the tiny house. They won’t say it, but they think tiny houses are awesome and the wave of the future. Most campgrounds limit your stay to 14-21 days, but if you have two campgrounds in town, you can alternate until one of them likes you enough to invite you to stay. Private campgrounds are more willing to do this. From: Cracking the Code: A Guide to Building Codes & Zoning for Tiny Houses