roya miller

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Oh my god! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS INFO. I'll look into it more but you straight up made my day I'm sorry about your water issue tho. that's ridiculous I hope you can find a workaround.
10 months ago

Jonathan D Davis wrote:We're in a similar boat in Riverside County - just next door. We CAN build on our lot but code enforcement is on our backs about every little detail and now we have to build a house and quickly. We received a polite little notice in March of this year telling us that we can't live or build on our property until we have a "house". We've lived here three years, growing vegetables and honey for market, in a travel trailer with an outdoor shower and independent composting toilet.

The one great choice that I made was hiring a consultant. I asked around our local community and found someone who can really defend against the county government. His fee was a paltry $500 to keep the county off of our backs - and the fee is a flat rate regardless of how long it draws on. All county complaints come through his office and he just fends them off. I would google "code mitigation" for SB county and see what pops. It's the best $500 we've ever spent! If you want to PM me I can send you my consultant's contact info but I'm not certain that he would work in San Bernardino. I think that relationships with county officials are the grease that keeps the wheels moving.

With knowledgable representation you can go to council meetings, private meetings, or (preferably not) to court and not have to worry about filing the wrong paperwork. California is great but does it ever love it's bureaucracy (and the fees!). You can do all of this on your own but I feel more confident with someone who know the building and environmental codes in and out.  

Hold tight! There's a way out of this. You just need to find it and I'm sure you will.




THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS IDEA!! That is something I will definitely look into.  Good luck you guys! Your set up of a travel trailer and composting toilet/outdoor shower is basically what I think my options are at this point. did the county find out about you and proceeded to send you the notice or did you have a temp use permit to build the main dwelling and time just ran out?
1 year ago

jim dee wrote:Roya,

I'm curious to whether the zoning will allow you to stay year round?
Meaning, some areas/counties that i've looked into will not allow the landowner to "camp" long term, whether that's in a RV or something thing else.
So even if it's on a trailer, i.e. tiny home, one could still get fined, but with no neighbors,  definitely a plus.




No, Technically I cannot camp on the property. so living there year round would be prohibited.  I have re4ad that this is very hard to prove an that as long as your neighbors are cool with it. most people seem to fly under the radar with this regulation.
1 year ago
Hey, I'm trying to do the same thing in San Bernardino CA and was wondering if you found any info about the seasonal cabin idea. I've tried to look it up but have found no code/permits or material related to it. Did you end up building a structure? did you get it permitted or keep it under the radar? From all my research it seems like we have to do it on the DL and hope no one catches us. Just hoping for a miracle loophole over here.
1 year ago
Hey, I'm trying to do the same thing in San Bernardino CA and was wondering if you found any info about the seasonal cabin idea. I've tried to look it up but have found no code/permits or material related to it. Did you end up building a structure? did you get it permitted or keep it under the radar? From all my research it seems like we have to do it on the DL and hope no one catches us. Just hoping for a miracle loophole over here.
1 year ago
I've had one while i was in Peru. It was okay, nothing particularly special. they do cut it in half length wise and grill so you have to be okay with seeing and eating everything hands/feet/head etc.
1 year ago
Thank you!! I will definitely start with some apple, pomegranates and grapes thanks for the rec on the variety. The Tree of Life nursery looks amazing ill check it out, what a great resource. Can't wait to get some things growing!
1 year ago
Thanks for all the replies!


I know California is one of the worst places to build so I will definitely build it on wheels I've tried to find ways around it but all the permits and regulations seem to price me out of building permanently. I originally thought i could use the CalEarth earth-bag plans that had been preapproved by the county but this appears not to be valid any longer. Thank you so much, Kyle, for the property tax suggestion! I will do more research on that, sounds fantastic if applicable!  there are no immediate neighbors as the property is located off a dirt road with utilities more than 500 ft away at the paved road. so hopefully I can park it there without getting reported. I read about the Twin Peaks office and I will be sure to go in and see what I can do, I guess I've just been intimidated to actually go in there, called about erecting a small shed but it's a no go without an existing structure.  The Heaps Peak Arboretum sounds amazing, thanks for the referral, I will check it out!  Right now rainwater systems and swales will be some of my first projects and I'm a complete novice so would love to see some systems! Thanks again everyone, this site is amazing
1 year ago
Hi!
   I'm a new member and a new land owner in the beautiful southern California mountains. My land is in Crestline in San Bernardino County 5,000 FT  and I'm just wondering where to start and what grows well in the area wiith minimal water since my only source is a seasonal snow melt stream that runs through the property and rainwater harvesting systems, that are not yet in place.  this is totally bare land and im kind of at a loss of where to start and how to start breaking this into manageable weekend projects.  I'm originally from Pasadena so a good bit warmer and lower than my new Mountain home. Any suggestions, info, or locals out there would be much appreciated!!

Thanks,
   Roya
1 year ago
Hi! I'm a new member and just purchased some land in Ceaderpines Park. Wondering if this got resolved and if you're still in the area! Trying to reach out to the local permaculture community and get some information. I was thinking about placing an off grid tiny house on my land and start some permaculture practices and systems and was wondering if you had any experience
1 year ago