WebStamp February 21, 2018
Tiny Property Land-Use Movement
With the last inhabited home at Midfield Mobile Home Park demolished, this would be a perfect opportunity for the City of Calgary to take the initiative to develop affordable eco-friendly home ownership tiny house lots within city limits. Since there are no redevelopment plans slated for the property, the city could collaborate with local tiny house builders and develop a pilot project to create an innovative tiny house community at this site that could be used as a model for other future developments. The development could use the mobile home park model as a basis to produce very affordable property for many Calgarians.
The recently added Residential Cottage Housing District land-use bylaw is a good example that Calgary is on the correct path to developing additional affordable housing choices, a central policy of Calgary’s Municipal Development Plan. The city could use, with the proposed alterations as outlined in this tiny house land-use bylaw movement to this land-use designation, as guidelines to inspire reasonably priced lively urban communities.
Again, the wheels of government turn slowly, hindering progress to suit the needs of society. This district has not yet been assigned to any area within the city.
We saw a similar thing happen with the Midfield residents. Initially the city had promised a new mobile park where the residents could move to. In the several years that the residents were told they will have to move, the city dropped the ball to develop mobile home park communities for them to move into to. The city can now make up for it by allowing the creation of affordable tiny lots and offer the former residents of Midfield the opportunity to re-establish their homes.
Society is slowly changing with it’s needs to housing. The lifestyles of the last century’s obsession with large accommodations to house an over excess of material possessions, along with the high cost of maintenance, is slowly changing. Today many prefer to enjoy life than overworking to support their living accommodations. With the current obvious climate changes brought on by global warming, society is looking to become much eco-friendlier and preserve the planet for the benefit of generations to come. Tiny House living is a great solution to affordable housing and minimizing our Ecological Footprint.
As we have seen, several of Calgary land-use bylaws could allow for the development of affordable tiny lots, with a little bit of tweaking. This Tiny Property Land-Use Movement is all about amending current land-use bylaws allowing for the availability of entire tiny house communities and a new way of living. Become part of the movement towards allowing living in the 21st Century. We are interested in your thoughts on allowing the development of tiny lots. Please feel free to leave your comments on any of our tiny house articles.
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