First “Tiny House” Friendly City!

First “Tiny House” Friendly City!

Spur, Texas officially declares itself as the the first “Tiny House” friendly city in the US! This is HUGE news for all of us tiny house fans. Spur, a small, rural town has come up with an extremely innovative solution to its population shortage: make itself tiny house friendly. Being appreciative of the tiny house movement’s innovative outlook, entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to being good land stewards, and just general awesomeness, they hope to have lots of tiny housers move into their sweet community. To read more about the team that put this resolution together and about Spur itself, please click HERE.

Spur, Texas Becomes Americas’ First “Tiny House” Friendly City

The Spur City Council Met This Week and Approved a Resolution Supporting “Tiny” House Living In Spur, TX. The Resolution Removes Permitting Barriers For Houses Under 1,000 Sq. /ft.
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PRLog – Jul. 20, 2014 – SPUR, Texas — The City Council of Spur, TX passed a resolution tonight designating the City of Spur as Americas’ first officially “Tiny House Friendly” town. The resolution tips its hat to the movement toward smaller and more efficient dwellings that has grown into a national trend dubbed the “Tiny House Movement” by proponents and the press. Motivated by downward pressure on wages and real estate prices and an abhorrence of waste, a new generation of pioneers is setting about re-inventing the American dream, harking back to the pioneer spirit of early settlers who carved lives out of the wilderness with a determined focus on self-sufficiency and modest living. But this is not your great grandfathers’ tiny house. Aided by technology and innovative designs from companies like Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, the new pioneer house would make Thoreau blush at its luxurious accommodations.

“Spur embodies the ‘Spirit of the West’,” says Randy Adams, author of the resolution. “We recognize kindred spirits when we see them and we want these new pioneers to know they’re welcome in Spur.” “We saw that larger cities haven’t been all that welcoming to smaller houses, seemingly unable to remove permitting and code obstacles, (usually requiring square footage to be 1,000 sq./ft. or more), so we hoped we could help by removing restrictions related to home size.” Adams says, “Folks who want to live the “Tiny” house life in Spur need only to build with quality, connect to city utilities and pay taxes like everybody else.”

Manuel Herrera, the Mayor of Spur, hopes that the towns’ new initiative will encourage growth through an influx of enterprising, energetic people who will create opportunity for themselves and the town by bringing technology and light manufacturing expertise. Mr. Herrera, “We hope that the combination of our low cost of living, inexpensive land and access to over a million customers within a two hour radius will be attractive to the new pioneers.”

More information about the Spur “Tiny” house initiative can be found at www.spurfreedom.com

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13 Responses to First “Tiny House” Friendly City!

  1. Hoopajoo July 22, 2014 at 3:26 am #

    Good on them! Here’s hoping this is the start of a trend that other cities will follow across the country & world.

    • Gabriella July 22, 2014 at 11:01 am #

      Us too!

  2. Leslie July 22, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    I am so grateful that Spur has done this. I hope that others will follow… maybe not the whole town, but at least a section of the town? We need more places to set beautiful Tiny Homes!

    • Gabriella July 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

      There are BIG changes happening as we speak in many locations regarding tiny house legalities. This is a big year for tiny.

  3. Tim July 23, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    In investiagiting Spur, TX on the internet, it’s hard not to note the presence of storm cellars in the real estate for sale in the area. While not directly in tornado alley, this is a not insignificant consideration. A home on wheels is not going to be around if one hits, even if you survive in a storm cellar. Even if insurance covers your loss, you’re going to be homeless during the rebuild process.

    I’m hoping the big changes you foresee will be happening in non-tornado, non-hurricane country.

    Could you also please comment regarding the outbuildings you have in addition to your hoMe? I know you talk about water tanks, water pumps, solar panels and propone tanks. What about tool sheds, laundry facilities? Thank you.

    • Gabriella July 24, 2014 at 9:35 am #

      Hi there Tim! To answer your questions, we have two 8×10 outbuildings on our property. One is our Solar Shed which houses our batteries and inverter since we aren’t connected to the grid. This will also be where we place our washing machine and dryer eventually. hOMe does have space for a combo unit under the stairs but we opted to make space for ours outside since we have that shed. The other shed is our tool shed. Since we have our own tools and want to keep them for other projects, we created a space to organize them all.

    • Thurmond Moore July 24, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

      Tim there has not been a tornado hit Spur that I can remember. I have been here 55 years and my family for 4 generations back to about 1900. I have counted up to 27 tornadoes in one night in the late 1970’s from atop the hill that runs through the North side of Spur (Grapefruit sized hail that night too). You are correct in your observation of storm cellars. Better safe than sorry. Large Hale and wind are of a bigger concern in this area so metal roofs and covered parking are a must in my book. Sandstorms are also quite frequent during dry times and sometimes last several days with a sky the color of sodium vapor lights. Summers are HOT, Winters are Cold one day and the next might be a balmy 60 degrees. It is an area of much variety in weather.

    • Todd July 26, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

      Tim, the odds of being hit by a tornado are pretty small as the swath of destruction is usually limited to less than 1/4 of a mile. Also, they rarely stay on the ground for more than a few minutes. The rare F4 and F5 tornados can and do stay on the ground for hours. I’ve lived most of my life in tornado alley and the closest I’ve been to a tornado was 35 miles. That region of Texas isn’t in the hurricane country, unless you would count heavy rains. The winds diminish significantly by the time they make landfall.

      This bigger issue in Texas would be the large and violent hail storms they have.

  4. Lillian July 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    It’s too bad that this resolution only applies to homes built upon a foundation. Still, it’s a step in the right direction and hopefully inspires other towns elsewhere in the U.S. to do the same.

    • bob September 9, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

      Even so. The initial intent to build a Tiny House on a trailer bed is to bypass restrictive local building codes that limit a habitable house size to something too big for most who realize they don’t need half that much. If there were acceptance in more places for Small and Tiny Houses on a foundation there would still be a very large and growing following in that direction. I understand the desire of the resolution in Spur is to encourage growing the community with permanent residents. Notice, the Spur resolution does not exclude Tiny Houses on trailers. It does require those to be placed on a foundation of some sort, maybe even concrete piers and tied down, with the wheels/axles removed (same as mobile homes). Too bad more communities don’t see this as an opportunity for themselves yet. But as mentioned, things and opinions are changing and there is work in many communities toward a more resonable code. If I were in a position to build a Tiny House now I would likely end up building it on a trailer, but would plan to place it to stay put. Just what Spur, TX is looking for. This movement isn’t about living the RV life in home-built RVs. But it is about living “IN” the community in a home that happens to be considerably smaller than what the code allows in most communities, yet is just what is needed without anything extra to get in the way. Really good to see the code situation starting to change.

  5. Debbie March 13, 2016 at 11:11 am #

    This is all very encouraging and what is needed in the housing market for so many. I too would like to see Tinies on wheels welcomed as well. I am currently building a 30 foot Tiny and finding a forever home has been a challenge. Hurrah to Spur and Walsenburg.

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