11/21 Mt. Vernon, IL City Council to Discuss a Moratorium on Tiny Houses

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The City Council will meet in special session Monday to talk about a TIF request from Menard’s and a moratorium on “tiny houses.”

The small house movement, also known as “tiny house movement” describes a new national trend to live in small houses.
“Simply put, it is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in,” information from The Tiny Life states. “The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet.”

People join the movement for reasons such as finances, environmental concerns and the desire to have more time and freedom.

Recently, two inquiries have been made about having tiny houses in the city.

“Whereas many tiny houses and similar small dwelling units do comply with most local building, housing and zoning codes, including the Codes of the City of Mt. Vernon … tiny houses and similar small dwelling units are prohibited by the City of Mt. Vernon Zoning Code (except with an individual variance after application, notice and hearing) and require substantial expenditure to comply with the applicable building, housing and zoning codes … the City Council desires to study and review the zoning provisions of the Revised Code to determine if tiny houses and similar small dwelling units … should be permitted and, if so, the minimum floor area permitted and the location of where such tiny houses and small dwellings should be permitted.”

The resolution states the council does not want tiny houses permitted at all until it completes its study and review, for a period of six months or until amendments are enacted to the zoning code that would permit tiny houses and similar small dwelling units.

Source – http://www.register-news.com/news/city-talks-tif-housing/article_73472020-8fe3-11e5-87d0-fbde5e10b929.html

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Elaine Walker