Huntsville Investigates Possibility Of Tiny Home Neighbourhood
During Monday’s electronic town council meeting in Huntsville, Councilor Wiebe reported on affordable and alternative housing for Huntsville. Wiebe told councilors that it is very difficult for first time home buyers to purchase a home when they have been renting. Single family homes are up over 35%, and the average cost for non-waterfront homes is now over $600,000.
He says small houses under 600 square feet are approximately $350,000 to $400,000 to build and some municipalities are now doing away with a minimum square footage for new builds.
Wiebe proposed a tiny house neighbourhood on property presently owned by the town in the Florence St. area. The land is currently not being used. It could be divided into 26 lots to create a tiny home neighbourhood. This would allow for starter home opportunities and take the pressure off the rental market. It would also employ trades, and create opportunities for self builds, as well as spark innovation in alternative housing in the area. The town would also have 26 tax paying lots. The lots could be priced affordably, and provisions put in place for no rentals, and the owners would have to live in the property for a set amount of time to prevent immediate flipping. Councilor Withey wondered if residents in larger homes in this area, might be concerned about this type of thing. Overall though, all of council approved, and a resolution was carried for staff to engage