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Almost an acre lot in north-central Texas for sale (special price and circumstances)

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Could this lot in TX be used for off-grid-dwelling given the circumstances?
I bought almost an acre of rural land one-hour South of Dallas, TX in 2010. Very close to Richard Chambers Lakes. Originally they told me this was no-restrictions to build. Later in communications with the city, I discovered that since it was a subdivision, it did have a few restrictions. Electricity was close by, but for water you had to drill your own well or keep water in a cistern.
Fast forward to the Summer of 2015 when I called again to make sure that a manufacture home was allowed like they told me at the city office before. This time they told me to call the county, the county said that the land could not be used for a home because to bring water there would be too costly for them and since they were not going to provide water, a permit for septic was also out of the question. I asked, about using a composting toilet instead, but of course, they did not know how to respond to this question.
The area is beautiful and very peaceful, there is a very short distance of unpaved road to take before you get to the lot from the rural road. In my recent visits I saw a hunting blind that someone had put nearby for a while, not anything else. Every year I pay $20 to the county for taxes and have a clear title under my name.
I am wondering if it would be possible to build an off-the-grid small or tiny cabin and that way avoiding to request permits (that they won't give) and if discovered, just explain that this is either, a "space for meditation" or an "experimental art structure". If you go with the first explanation, there is such thing as religious liberty and is your decision to live away from the noise of a big city for religious or spiritual reasons. (This is really the perfect place for that). With the second explanation, as it will be off the grid, and small, depending on the design, it could pass as a creative expression of an artist. I wish to hear ideas or input on this. At the end we found our homestead in an island in the Caribbean, but are interested to rent this land to someone interested in having land to keep a garden or sell for $5,000 to someone who will use it for other purposes. The lot is located in a small city about 12 miles from Corsicana, TX.
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They get 39.5 inches or 1 meter of rain, on average. Much better than most land in that price range.
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I believe if the building is not a "dwelling" - that is, if it is a studio, or bird-viewing blind, or storage building, it would not be subject to any of the restrictions of a "dwelling."

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Our property is not far from you land. Since you are in a subdivision, I don't know. We aren't even going to bother to get water to our property since we plan to  harvest rainwater.

I hope you are able to get it all figured out. I love it down there. Can't wait to be there 100%.
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