Tiny Houses, Big Questions
You'll learn about:
How tiny homes are treated with regard to land-use regulation and financing
Regulatory barriers to siting tiny homes on individual lots and changes that can be made to accommodate them
The costs of installing tiny homes and the potential for them to meet affordable housing needs
Tiny houses are so popular they spawned the TV show Tiny House Nation. But the number of frustrated tiny home buyers is high—and the number of successful tiny home communities low—because tiny houses raise big questions with regard to zoning and subdivision regulations, building codes, restrictive covenants, and home financing. This session explores how each of these factors creates potential barriers to tiny home siting on individual lots, and how communities interested in accommodating tiny homes can revise their regulations to do so. It will also address why there are so few tiny home communities, as well as their potential as a source of affordable housing. Speakers include a state building code official familiar with tiny home issues, a local government planner who has approved a tiny home affordable housing community, and a national land-use expert with experience drafting regulations to accommodate alternative forms of housing.
, Clarion Associates
Confirmed SpeakerDonald L. Elliott is a Director with Clarion Associates, LLC, a land use consulting firm with offices in Denver, Chapel Hill, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia. Don’s practice focuses on land planning and zoning, growth management, and international land and urban development issues. He has also advised numerous local governments in Russia on land use issues, served as the Democracy and Governance Advisor to the United States Agency for International Development in Uganda for two years, and performed independent research on Indian urbanization and slum upgrading in Delhi for two years. He has managed planning and zoning projects that have been state level award recipients from the American Planning Association in Colorado, Arizona, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Elliott is a member of the Denver Planning Board and teaches a graduate level course in Land Development Regulation at the University of Colorado at Denver. He is the author of A Better Way to Zone and a Co-author of The Rules that Shape Urban Form. He has a B.S. in Urban Studies and Policy Analysis from Yale University, a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
, City of Olympia
Confirmed SpeakerLeonard Bauer is the City of Olympia, Washington’s Deputy Director for Community Planning and Development. He manages all aspects of planning and community development for the City, including implementation of the City’s comprehensive plan. Leonard was the Managing Director of Growth Management Services at the Washington State Department of Commerce for 12 years. Growth Management Services coordinates implementation of Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) and provides financial and technical assistance to the 320 Washington local governments responsible for planning under the GMA. Prior to entering that position, he served as a planner and a planning director for various local governments in Oregon and Washington for 14 years. During that time, he worked for the Lane Council of Governments in Eugene, Oregon, and helped the Cities of Tumwater and Sumner adopt and implement their comprehensive plans and development regulations under the Washington GMA. Leonard holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. He is the co-author of a Land Use Dispute Resolution Handbook published by the Oregon Bureau of Governmental Research for Oregon local governments. In 2014, Leonard was inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Confirmed SpeakerA woman who [generally] needs no introduction south of Albany, Erika Krieger has been with the Department of State since 1996, first as Regional Architect for the 7 Hudson Valley counties and now as Assistant Director for Compliance and Inspection. Prior to coming to the Codes Division, she served as the Building Commissioner of the City of Mount Vernon for almost 4 years, and was a partner in the firm of Berger and Krieger Architects. She is a graduate of McGill University and has been a registered architect for over 30 years.