Heidi Hoff wrote:Thanks for all the input, everyone! Keep it coming!
Our situation is not urban: think small country town surrounded by farmland and forests. Gentrification is not a very real threat because we simply would not attract folks with the kind of money that gentrification implies. The people who have already expressed some interest are young couples who see tiny houses as ideal starter homes, people who do not want to carry enormous debt to own their dwelling, and retirees who are ready to significantly downsize and simplify their lives.
Heidi Hoff wrote:
Does anyone know the status of Jay Shafer's new village? It is an interesting model, but we are trying to avoid the RV park or mobile home park zoning. We would like these small houses to be built on foundations (or, more likely, slabs), with permanent electrical and water hook-ups. These will probably not be houses that can easily be moved on trailers.
We have been working with a consultant on many aspects of the future of our village, including the establishment of a tiny-house neighborhood. At our last meeting, we realized that the technical aspects of designing a truly innovative and ecological tiny-house neighborhood was a very complex task. The suggestion was made that we attempt to find an urban planner, architect or landscape designer (or a group or individual with expertise in all three fields) who would like to use our village as a showcase for their expertise. Ideally, we would like to find someone in Canada. (The people in our area are almost entirely French-speaking, but I’m American and a professional translator and interpreter, so language should not be an issue.)
Michelle Bisson wrote:There is another tiny house community project in the development stage in Lantier, Québec, Canada. If you have not done so, maybe connecting with those in this project can give you some guidence with your project.
They also just had a tiny house festival this past weekend.
Tiny House Festival - Quebec Canada