11/09 Plans for tiny home community stopped by Boulder County, builder receives death threats

Craig Lyons building a tiny house for the community  he plans for Builder, CO

Craig Lyons building a tiny house for the community he plans for Builder, CO

Tiny houses are creating huge controversy in Boulder County. A property developer wants to put several tiny homes on a 2-acre parcel. Denver7 reporter Kristen Skovira discovered, neighbors are complaining and Boulder County has issued a stop work order, but the tiny home enthusiast still has big plans.

“Colorado, especially Boulder, what a beautiful spot for a tiny home area and to put several on a piece of property was a great idea,” said tiny house developer, Craig Lyons.

Lyons is the tiny home enthusiast who first came up with that ‘great idea’ and a Craigslist ad that generated hundreds of responses from people excited to put their own tiny home on the property and live ‘off the grid.’

“The biggest issue with tiny homes is people build a tiny home and the county or the city won’t allow them to put it anywhere,” Lyons said.

The ad, promising 30 by 40 foot plots, finished sidewalks, a composting area and communal parking lot has since been taken down. Richard Hackett with Boulder County’s Land Use Department says the property is not zoned for such a large-scale project and no permits have been approved.

Read more and watch the video http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/front-range/boulder/plan-to-build-tiny-homes-on-patch-of-land-stopped-by-boulder-county

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Elaine Walker