Sebastopol Rains on the Tiny House Parade

The tiny home movement that’s currently sweeping the nation has something to offer everyone. These humble little abodes aren't just better for the environment; they're cute as a button and could help address a critical shortage of affordable housing. But don't expect all municipalities to welcome them with open arms. Some officials say these micro dwellings are more problematic than they appear, and they’re ready to crack down on them unless they start meeting certain requirements.

The City of Sebastopol is the latest example. Officials there want to see tiny homes comply with a number of regulations that could ultimately quash their rise in the picturesque city. It's ironic given Sonoma County's longstanding ties to the tiny house movement that started it all.

“I think the TV shows have done a disservice here,” said planning commission chairwoman Linda Kelley, ureferencing a multitude of shows that have boosted their popularity. “They look great, but you wonder where they get their water and sewer to hook up.”

On March 28, the planning commission began looking at proposals that would impose a set of new regulations on tiny houses. Once the details are finalized, they will go before the city council for a vote.


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