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Tiny Home

The inside of a tiny home in a storage container converted by Troy Rosslow, founder of Tiny House Lab LLC, on Monday, June 7.

Following a growing interest in tiny-house living, Alachua County, Fla., officials and residents are considering how to incorporate the small homes into the community, according to the Alligator.

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 June 1 to consider a new use for urban RV parks and designate which zoning districts would allow RVs, along with considering amending the existing mobile home park code. These codes could extend to less-traditional tiny homes as well.

The county’s growth management department provided four options for the board to consider. The options were to amend the existing mobile home park code to allow RVs, allow RVs to serve as transitional housing in homeless shelters, create a new use for urban RV parks and designate which zoning districts would allow them, as well as allow RV spaces within cottage neighborhoods.

The board’s future decisions could expand the parking accessibility for RVs, as well as tiny houses.

“I don’t think this should ever be a long-term solution, but I do think that it’s a better option than the street,” Commissioner Mary Alford said regarding living in RVs.

The board voted to not consider RVs as transitional housing for homeless shelters. It also rejected allowing RVs in cottage neighborhoods, as they would not be compatible with the tiny houses already allowed in the county’s cottage neighborhoods, Commissioner Charles “Chuck” Chestnut IV said. Cottage neighborhoods are neighborhoods with smaller homes with restrictions on the size, types and other specifications of the houses.

“The goal is to skip this step of transitional housing as much as we possibly can,” Commissioner Anna Prizzia said.

The average tiny house ranges from 100 to 400 square feet, and building costs can be anywhere from $8,000 to $150,000, according to Business Insider.

While tiny homes are compact structures, they can come in many forms. These homes can vary from being on wheels like RVs, converted buses or vans to stationary homes like yurts, shipping containers and cabins.

“I’m thinking that around the country, RVs are becoming more and more permanent, and we have to think about that from the standpoint of our local economy,” Commissioner Ken Cornell said.

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