Tiny Homes – Utah, is it Time?July 18th, 2017
Are we ready?
In this Op-Ed posted yesterday in the Deseret News, the solution to the growing Utah housing shortage may be Tiny Houses. However, many obstacles still lay in front of this proposition, if this idea is to succeed in growing the housing market for the younger generation.
First is that many cities in Utah will not allow Tiny Houses according to the city zoning ordinances, building permits and guidelines and regulations. However, affordable housing, especially for the younger generation is dwindling.
Minimum dwelling size requirements is the second hurdle tiny houses must face and third is the question of where to put it. Mobile RV and home parks don’t often allow tiny houses and most city ordinances will not allow you to build one in your back yard.
Larger cities and states with better zoning and property laws are using Tiny Houses as possible elderly housing, a solution to homelessness and sometimes even for young couples wanting to start small and maintain their own homes without the assistance of family members or friends. These homes are cheaper to build than low-income housing, and provide a simple transition lifestyle for someone looking to get back on their feet.
What do you think? Is Utah ready? Would allowing tiny homes help our housing shortages and would young couples, elderly and the homeless benefit with this type of program?