As of late I have been chatting with several tiny house people about what it would take to actually have a true tiny house community that was legitimate, legal and welcome in a city. It would be very easy to do this in a small rural city location or somewhere in the Midwest where there isn’t anyone for miles, but the fact is most people want to live near a city where they have career opportunities, a social life, things to do and ease of access to stores.
So how might we achieve a tiny house community in a decent size city? I was speaking to another writer who had taken an interesting approach that I think might work here in the US (he is located in Canada). They were able to get their tiny houses designated as a RV, and then they pooled their funds to buy out a mobile home trailer park. From there they waited until all the current leases had lapsed (they notified the residents that they would not be renewing the leases) and they had an entire trailer park to themselves. Now I have mixed feelings on this, but I think you could navigate this step in a way that is ethical and fair, but it is fine line for sure.
The key to this strategy is that you have to buy out an existing park, because there are few big cities that are allowing land to be newly zoned for trailer parks or camp grounds. Many cities are shifting to mixed income housing to handle low-income housing. Once you own it, I think the first step would be to clear the entire lot and do some heavy duty landscaping and design.
- What do you think about the idea of buying out an RV park?
- What ideas have you had to get a tiny house community started?