02/17 Tiny house living situation challenges Philomath, Oregon city council

The tiny house sits on property owned by Mike and Tami Kibble on South 17th Street.

The tiny house sits on property owned by Mike and Tami Kibble on South 17th Street.

Mike and Tami Kibble were surprised when they received a code violation letter from Philomath City Planner Jim Minard.

Despite what they believed had been a positive visit with the city manager the previous week, the longtime Philomath residents were being ordered to remove a “recreational vehicle” from their property within 45 days or be subject “to fines up to $500 per day for each day the violation is allowed to continue.”

This past March, the Philomath City Council unanimously approved an ordinance amendment to clarify code language on the definition of a recreational vehicle. Minard’s letter referenced the ordinance that prohibits such structures to be used as a domicile in residential zones.

Municipal code 9.15.025 defines RVs as a “vehicle that is self-propelled or towed by a motor vehicle and designed for camping, nonpermanent or recreational habitation” and that “no person shall live, cook, sleep or reside in a recreational vehicle or trailer located on a lot or on a public street for more than five consecutive days nor more than 10 days total in a 30-day period.”

Read more – http://www.gazettetimes.com/philomathexpress/local/tiny-house-living-situation-challenges-city-council/article_52bb8262-9bb6-5daf-8692-9c50379b46f1.html

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Elaine Walker