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Re: “Close Quarters: Inside Richmond's Tiny Houses

We need to differentiate between zoning and building codes. Zoning is done for financial reasons, and building codes are supposed to be for health and safety reasons. Because of the high cost of housing, people are keen on protecting their investment, which means not changing the neighborhood into a lower cost tiny house community. Building codes tend to deal with habitation, making sure the house is safe and livable. Such things as correct wiring, fire exits in bedrooms and more. Many of the minimum dimensions, of keen interest to Tiny Housers, in the International Residential Code (IRC), particularly the later versions (2012 and later) are well below the zoning requirements. The obvious solution is to have areas where affordable housing is OK. This would be either new areas or rehabbing old rundown areas.

As always, just my USD 0.02 worth.

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Posted by mjr1007 on 09/30/2015 at 2:19 PM

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