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Hellam Township makes a change to allow tiny homes

Those looking to venture into the world of microliving will now have the chance to build a tiny home in Hellam Township. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on Thursday to amend the township’s current zoning ordinance, now permitting the construction of dwellings smaller than 699 square feet. "(We wanted) to allow these smaller dwellings for residents who wish to have a smaller footprint on this planet and to provide affordable housing opportunities," said Rachel Vega, the township’s zoning officer. The tiny homes ordinance first came to the Board of Supervisors in October after it was added to the township’s planning commission to-do list in 2019. No residents within the past year approached the township requesting to build a tiny house, Vega added. "Before this zoning ordinance amendment, the township did not permit dwellings smaller than 700 square feet," Vega said. Tiny homes in Hellam Township must be placed on a permanent foundation and be certified by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in order to comply with the township’s building code, Vega said. Additionally, all dwellings must be properly connected to utilities, including water, sewer and electricity, according to a copy of the ordinance. "You hook up to electricity and water and sewer when it’s a permanent dwelling, and the whole point was that you weren’t having transient dwellings," Vega said during Thursday’s meeting. In recent years, microliving has become increasingly popular. HGTV introduced the concept of tiny homes to millions with its program "Tiny House, Big […]

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Those looking to venture into the world of microliving will now have the chance to build a tiny home in Hellam Township. The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted on Thursday to amend the township’s current zoning ordinance, now permitting the construction of dwellings smaller than 699 square feet. “(We wanted) to allow these smaller dwellings for residents who wish to have a smaller footprint on this planet and to provide affordable housing opportunities,” said Rachel Vega, the township’s zoning officer. The tiny homes ordinance first came to the Board of Supervisors in October after it was added to the township’s planning commission to-do list in 2019. No residents within the past year approached the township requesting to build a tiny house, Vega added. “Before this zoning ordinance amendment, the township did not permit dwellings smaller than 700 square feet,” Vega said. Tiny homes in Hellam Township must be placed on a permanent foundation and be certified by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in order to comply with the township’s building code, Vega said. Additionally, all dwellings must be properly connected to utilities, including water, sewer and electricity, according to a copy of the ordinance. “You hook up to electricity and water and sewer when it’s a permanent dwelling, and the whole point was that you weren’t having transient dwellings,” Vega said during Thursday’s meeting. In recent years, microliving has become increasingly popular. HGTV introduced the concept of tiny homes to millions with its program “Tiny House, Big […]

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