06/13 County Commission takes up tiny house controversy

Conceptual rendering of tiny house community proposed in Tallahassee

Conceptual rendering of tiny house community proposed for Tallahassee

A public hearing on a proposed “tiny house” development takes place at Tuesday’s Leon County Commission meeting. It will be at 6 p.m. in the commission chambers on the fifth floor of the courthouse.

The controversial proposal garnered both support and concern from residents living in the Wolf Creek Subdivision and adjacent areas. Those who oppose the plan fear the development will cater to homeless residents and spur loitering and crime activity. The Dwellings is a project under Floresta LLC and backed by Tallahassee businessman, philanthropist and entrepreneur Rick Kearney. He’s proposing to build at $7.8 million “tiny house” community with each unit ranging from 250 to 400 square feet on 30 acres next door to Wolf Creek, located off of U.S. Highway 20. The first phase of the development would see two dozen homes built and 130 units once it’s complete.

Several Wolf Creek residents and others filed a legal appeal of the proposed project, which received initial approval.

Read more – http://www.tallahassee.com/story/money/2016/06/13/county-commission-takes-up-tiny-house-controversy/85838100/

Follow up: The “tiny house” proposal for southwest Tallahassee cleared a hurdle after county commissioners unanimously voted on Tuesday to support an administrative judge’s recommendation. – http://www.tallahassee.com/story/money/2016/06/14/big-step-tiny-house-development/85897946/

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Elaine Walker