Tiny House Collective Kansas City

Tiny House Collective Kansas City

Great things are happening in Kansas City! Josh Farmer has convened a group of tiny house/conscious living enthusiasts to develop a tiny house community within the city. With permaculture, alternative energy, and food growth principles at the heart of this up and coming collective, some lucky tiny housers will have the opportunity to live their dream life alongside other like minded folks. As soon as we heard about the Tiny House Collective Kansas City (THCKC), we reached out to Josh to set up an interview. Thank you Josh and the rest of the Collective for all that you are doing to help pave the way for tiny housers not only in Kansas City but around the country.

THCKC wants to help people not just build a Tiny Home,

we want to help people live a Tiny Life.

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Please introduce yourself and share a little about your background

My background is predominantly in education and community organizing. I have a certification in Montessori education, a Secondary Science Education certification (with a minor in chemistry) and a degree in Business Management. I have taught everything from high school chemistry down to Montessori preschool. I worked for a long time organizing community day care centers in at-risk neighborhoods. I have lived on both coasts for most of my life, but moved to Missouri to conserve money and start living Tiny.

Currently I make a living doing freelance trade agricultural writing and working in landscape design. I have sat on several nonprofit boards ranging from The Arts to AIDS Education to Community Centers. My passions are growing a ‘perfect’ tomato, long-distance hiking, progressive political activism, community development and strong cocktails around a bon fire.

How did you become interested in the tiny house living/simple living concept?

I grew up with a farmer as a father and a teacher as a mother, both old enough to be raised in the post-depression era on the American prairie. My father said, “I didn’t know we were poor until we (his siblings) went to college where there was running water in the bathrooms.”

They taught me the virtues of being frugal. I made some good investments from a moderate salary over a number of years and was doing pretty well as a young adult. The stock market and real estate crash in 2008 took those investments and hammered them into history. Right when I thought things couldn’t get worse I contracted Lyme Disease on a hike that went undiagnosed for nearly a year. I was hospitalized. And truly deathly ill. Medical bills did me in.

I know it sounds trite, but I came to a point in my life where I had to re-evaluate everything. There is a quote by Socrates that I really love, “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” When I first read this, I thought it was rather sad. Why should we learn to enjoy less? Far be it from me to question Socrates, but upon reflection I found a deep truth in his words. Enjoying less does not mean you spend less time experiencing joy, it means you don’t need all the trappings of what modern society has deemed ‘necessary’ in order to be fulfilled. Reduction is the key to solving so much of what is ailing us individually and as a society. In a time when many in the world want expansion. What we truly need are smaller municipal economies. We also need smaller personal economies. If we all had shorter commutes, simpler foods, smaller footprints, fewer “things” and more exercise, more community involvement, more shared responsibilities — we really could change the world! That, in a nutshell, is what I think the TH movement is all about — nothing less than saving the world!

Please share with us the mission, vision and any other details of the THCKC

Board member, Jerry atop his newly purchased trailer

Board member, Jerry atop his newly purchased trailer

MISSION: Provide education about Tiny Housing, assist interested parties in creating a TH community, practice permaculture gardening within that community and foster a minimal footprint wherever we go.

VISION: Four phases of development:

  1. Create nonprofit Entity and grant application cycle,

  2. Create Pilot Program of four to eight TH’s on a single piece of city property where we hone the process of foundation-to-chimney cap production,

  3. Create an Extended Program where we replicate the Pilot Program to meet the needs of as many people who want to rent, lease-to-own or use our process to fast-track their private TH project, and

  4. Create a Sustained Program of ongoing, fee-based seminars of How-to-Reduce seminars, Permaculture Installation, Solar Energy education, etc.

LOCATION: Anywhere within Kansas City zoning oversight.

COSTS: I will have an operating budget comprised by April 2015. I am planning on about $4200 start up costs for filings, acquisition of some software, initial publicity materials, consulting fees and legal counseling. We have an active volunteer base of 120 people ready to clear lots and build forms for concrete foundations.

What has the process with the city/county been like so far?  

One of Kansas City's nicknames is "Fountain City" due to the 1,000s of fountains they have. Photo by Brant Kunze

One of Kansas City’s nicknames is “Fountain City” due to the 1,000s of fountains they have. Photo by Brant Kunze

I started six months ago with a simple visit to the City. The biggest problem for the TH movement in Kansas City is that THoW’s (tiny houses on wheels) are not allowed unless they are parked in an RV Park or on a mobile home park. So, primarily I have dealt with talking with the good people in zoning, codes, permits, approvals, etc. There had been restrictions on building anything that would be considered Tiny because the primary room had to be 120 sq ft and all additional rooms had to be at least 70 sq ft to get approval. The epiphany came when officials realized you do not need additional rooms, allowing them to approve a design that was potentially as small as the 120 sqft initial or primary room. That was the game changer.

After that, it really is just getting a design that can pass all the regular codes, which is a far lesser task than it was before the city approved a “one-room” structure.

It was during my visits to the City that I was turned onto the property being held by the Missouri Land Bank. The MLB is a City agency that essentially reclaimed abandoned property throughout the city and allows them for sale for greatly reduced prices if the buyer can show they have the means to pay the taxes and improve the property. There are even provisions for a reduction in the already very inexpensive land if you show your ability to improve the quality of the neighborhood, which our emphasis on permaculture and community-oriented living sets out to do!

 KC Tiny Home on a traditional residential property taking advantage of the less restrictive Accessory Dwelling Unit codes

KC Tiny Home on a traditional residential property taking advantage of the less restrictive Accessory Dwelling Unit codes

The new zoning interpretation of how many rooms a house needs in order to be considered a house coupled with the availability of land via the MLB that really made the prospect of building a TH community a reality. As the idea for this project was ruminating, I found a local company that can produce Amish-quality cabins and sheds for a very affordable cost. The concept fell into place from there.

Also, we are working on developing partnerships with Habitat for Humanity to assist our Builders Club in gaining a skill base and UMKC (University of Missouri at Kansas City) to create an Urban Planning internship. THCKC Builder’s Club is a volunteer group of 238 people representing every skill level. We are ready to assist anyone building a TH. We will get practice through working with Habitat for Humanity, we will respond to requests through our FB page throughout the spring and summer and in the off months we will build and repair the raised beds on our food gardens.

Are there take away lessons from that experience that could benefit others who are also wanting to approach their zoning/building departments?

This is a really tough question, because zoning varies widely from municipality to municipality. What I can offer is that I had my best luck when I approached the people sitting in their cubicles at the City with a “How Can WE Make This Work” attitude. It is my impression that these folks spend a lot of their time with people who are frustrated at the ordinances and at the City. I found that once a person became aware of the concept of a Tiny House they WANTED to try and help get it through. As was the case with Kansas City, it was a new interpretation of the law — not rewriting the law, that made the difference. That new interpretation came from a City employee!

If someone is interested in this project, who should they contact. Also, if you are looking for help, what kind of help do you need?

Right now, folks can contact me. I am using the Facebook group: Kansas City Tiny House Community as my main contact point for people, from there I give out my number and email. Our website will be live after the nonprofit paperwork is accepted.

My main goal this quarter is to put into place qualified oversight. I’m seeking board members with a fiscally conservative, socially liberal outlook. I am hoping to have committed Board by March.

There are many ways to get involved:

  1. Donate $ http://www.gofundme.com/kcthc

  2. Become a Board Member

  3. Volunteer with our Builders Club, the TH version of a barn raising team

  4. Donate supplies ranging from lumber to topsoil to talent

  5. Outreach to local vendors for donations

  6. Help with grant sourcing so we can apply for grant/foundation revenue

  7. Distribute information to local civic groups

  8. Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KCTHC/
 
 
 
 

104 Responses to Tiny House Collective Kansas City

  1. Judy Bennett January 27, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    This is awesome. It would be great to get these started in other states. Good luck.

  2. Terry Kochi January 27, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

    How inspiring! Lots of food for thought.

  3. Jerry McIntire January 27, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    I’m glad to hear that the Kansas City officials were open to creative interpretation of the zoning laws, which typically state minimums of 500 square feet or more for a house. A 120 foot minimum is a big adjustment! Congratulations to Josh and to all the volunteers who will gain building experience by working on Habitat for Humanity houses!

  4. bob January 27, 2015 at 7:51 pm #

    Yet another great “development!” Dual interpretations there 🙂
    It’s wonderful that a city employee “discovered” the idea that there doesn’t need to be more than one room. The IRC/IBC has always had the 120 sq ft primary room recommendation that communities made mandatory, along with the other restrictions of 70 sq ft for other rooms. I don’t remember what the other size limits are for sure, but if no other rooms are needed, as so often in a tiny house, then it gets much easier to get accepted. The 500 sq ft minimum is usually for the whole house, but in many communities it may be closer to 1200 sq ft or even double that. That’s one limit that may be waived in this case.

  5. Sarah Udelhofen January 27, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

    I am thrilled to hear you are successfully creating a Tiny House community – I’ve been contemplating what it would take to do so! I’m living in Denver and have a dream to get a tiny house community started here. I’ll be following your progress and would love to come see it some day.

    • Marie Bentley February 5, 2015 at 5:42 pm #

      Hi Sarah: Just discovered Tiny House concept! I live in a 900 sqft condo in Boulder and find Tiny House fascinating! Would love to follow your progress in Denver.

  6. Anna Herzog January 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    I live in Kansas City and am Tiny House dreaming…so glad there is a thc right here in KC Hope to learn more about it and do some networking/brain picking.

  7. Dawn Campbell January 27, 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    This is wonderful news! I live in the KC area and have been interested in building my own THoW for awhile now. Also, permaculture and sustainability has been something of a passion of mine for years now. It’s so heartening and encouraging to find a group of like-minded individuals so close to home.

  8. William January 28, 2015 at 2:33 am #

    What a wonderful article and a truly inspiring person.
    We need more leaders like this in our society to carry us forward.
    All the best.
    Billy

  9. fletcher pond January 28, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    San Diego has very expensive housing – The tiny house community concept would certainly be a socially useful idea in these types expensive areas. Thank you for your good work.

  10. AllyMcBeal January 28, 2015 at 6:17 pm #

    I LOVE this idea. As a Realtor for over forty years, (and with Broker’s licenses in seven states, in my career), I have had an interest in “affordable housing” and could never make the numbers work for my investors. For instance, in Branson, MO, where there are probably percentage wise, more minimum wage, or close to it, I’ll bet, than any other place I”VE ever been ….. I tired, and tried. IF, and I know it’s a big if, the zoning, etc. were to be changed, even if on the fringes of Branson, these WONDERFUL folks, like other places, would not have to live in their cars, travel 30-40 miles to an affordable address in AK … or whatever other alternative choices they make (like selling their souls, on the side, by whatever means, trying to escape that life for a more moral one).

    KUDOS to you, and I’m very, very interested in this movement. I’ll be watching for progress, and perhaps I’ll be able to make a difference too.

    • Josh June 8, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

      Hey there — I’d love to talk to you given your experience in the market!

  11. Pat Dunham January 28, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    I absolutely loved reading your entire post. I love what you have been able to do and really look forward to hearing about your progress and more. Hopefully this will be like a big snowball all over the country where it can benefit so many people. My husband and I lived aboard a boat with 6 children and have just loved everything about living tiny. I am anxious to help others do what it takes to live comfortably in a tiny space and definetly have the knowledge to do so and teach others. My plan is to partner with tiny house enthusiasts around the country to offer my expertise where ever I can.

  12. Trish January 29, 2015 at 9:27 am #

    Great article. This is awesome for Kansas City. I’m interested in the progress of building a tiny house community here.

  13. Melissa Gill February 7, 2015 at 12:07 am #

    This is my dream come true. I want to live in a tiny house community more than anything. I have so many ideas about my ideal community. I currently live in Overland Park. I would be so interested in finding out more about a tiny house community in Kansas City.

    • Andrea May 2, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

      We also have this interest and are in OP, where the land is super expensive…. Getting the house seems somewhat easy but having a place to put it seems impossible. Have you done any research?

  14. Teri February 7, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    I’m looking forward to the time you can take your successful experiences and package the steps it in a way that will be a model for other movers & shakers to establish TH communities in every city in America! Thank you for sharing your vision!

  15. Tim February 17, 2015 at 7:56 am #

    Mother Earth News is having their yearly Fair in Topeka, Oct 24-25 2015. There should be a Tiny House booth and exhibit to showcase this living.

  16. Michael February 23, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

    I just left Colorado Springs and the cool things going on at Eco Cabins / Tumbleweed, and the atmosphere with permaculture and such in the city. The city now allows residents to have two goats. More and more, people are raising chickens, rabbits, bees, and other animals, in addition to having a garden. More so than here in KC. That is something I’d like to see grow in our community.

    Looking at some of Eco Cabin’s stuff, I ran across your article and am sooooo excited to see it is happening right here in KC!! Count me in for any help.

    I look forward to continuing this and meeting you! Shoot me an email and lets talk. I’ll give you my phone number then.

    • Josh June 8, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

      Hey there — I don’t see a place to respond via email here so this is mine: [email protected] or you can plug in via our facebook page: Tiny House Collective Kansas City.

  17. Terry Rouse February 26, 2015 at 7:37 am #

    I am so glad to find this group. I am in the final stages of finishing the construction of my tiny house. It is currently in a parking lot just East of downtown and i am looking for options for a more permanent location when I am finished. Several friends have offered me spots to park it. A community of tiny houses would be great.

    • Sara Scheil May 25, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

      Terry, we talked briefly about tiny houses at the April Contra Dance; then I saw the May 18th segment on KCTV on tiny houses and it featured you! Great publicity for this housing revolution.
      This is a practical solution to affordable housing; hope the legalities can be worked out with the various city governments.
      I am fascinated by the frugal ethics and the design engineering…
      Sara Scheil
      Independence MO

      • Josh June 8, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

        Just saying hi. I’m in Independence too!

        • nedinne July 31, 2015 at 6:36 am #

          I too, live in Indep. wont they have different building permits and etc…

        • Tamara Noble April 13, 2016 at 10:29 am #

          Josh what are the zoning/city codes for Independence? I’m interested in what your doing. I live in Independence. Been following the Tiny House movement for a couple of years now.

      • Terry Rouse September 20, 2015 at 6:25 pm #

        I keep forgetting to check this site as I always just go to the facebook site. Sorry i haven’t gotten back to you sooner.

    • Andrea May 2, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

      What are the laws on parking it in someone’s backyard? We are in the early stages, would like more privacy but land is pricey!

    • Sandy August 12, 2018 at 2:15 pm #

      Hi Terry Rouse,

      My name is Sandy and I’m wanting to have a Tiny House built, but I first want to find somewhere to put it. Have you found a place to put yours yet? I would like to talk to you sometime so we could possibly compare notes.

  18. Sean McDowell March 4, 2015 at 6:26 am #

    I am a reporter at Fox 4 News here in Kansas City. I am posting this message on Wednesday 4March2015.

    I would like to produce a story for tonight’s new on this “tiny house” movement. Is there an administrator who could call me this morning?

    Thanks
    -Sean
    Cell 816-868-5543

    • Bob March 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

      Let us all know when this airs and if it is posted online so we can all look 🙂

    • Debbie October 15, 2015 at 11:35 am #

      Any info on regulations in Leavenworth County, KS?

  19. Joel April 14, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

    Yes please keep us posted. We are in the early stages of planning our Tiny House Build as well. Live in Olathe.

    • Andrea May 2, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

      Hi Joel,
      We are looking into this also and we’re in Olathe but would like to stay in Olathe, not KC. Where are you in the process? Where will you keep yours?

      • Sandy August 12, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

        Andrea,

        Hi my name is Sandy and I’m wanting to have a Tiny House built, and I also want to stay on the Kansas side. I’m going to the Tiny House Jamboree on August 23-26, 2018. Tickets are priced fairly. I would like to get together with other people email each other and keep everyone in the loop on what’s going on and what progress is happening.

  20. Debbie Stevens May 10, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    WSU has classes and departments that might be willing to do projects with renewable energies. [email protected]
    Is the head of technologies. Colleges and Universities can be a wealth of opportunity

    • Josh June 8, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

      We are seeking someone to design a solar array that coud power 12 Tiny homes. Thanks for the email contact.

  21. Joe Johnson May 13, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    Hello
    I am a homless war Vet. I am intrested in living in a Tiny House. What do I need to get one in Kansas City. Missouri ?

    • Carrie May 18, 2015 at 7:02 am #

      Hi Joe,

      You should start by visiting the Tiny House Collective Facebook group mentioned in the article: Kansas City Tiny House Community. You can ask all your questions there.

      Good luck!

    • Josh June 8, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

      I wish we had housing available for rent. We currently are only building homes for future homeowners. Do you have a social worker who I could connect with to discuss what all would be involved with bridging the gap to housing here in KC?

      • Mona Randall October 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

        I have a twenty six foot travel trailer I am going to be selling very cheap. I thought someone would want it just for the frame and axels and wheels. If you could turn me on to anyone that would be interested I would appreciate it. 816-305-2433.

  22. Korel Paul May 19, 2015 at 4:55 am #

    Nice explanation. I want to buy a tiny house in Kansas city that is my dream. I did find them, but haven’t found them. If you have any tiny home or any real estate agent, then you can reply me here. Thank you in advance.

    • Josh June 8, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

      Hey Korel. There are many bungalow and small houses currently on the real estate market. We are focusing on new construction as we clean up derelict properties. We are also in the planning stage of the first Tiny House village co-op in KC. Buying a current TH in KC is difficult as they are generally built by the homeowner. I suspect the resale market may emerge in a few years. We can help you build one though.

  23. Oliver London June 7, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    I am very interested in downsizing and would like to stay in the KC area. How can I get involved?

  24. Josh June 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    Hello Oliver!

    Would love to have you get involved. You can find us on facebook: Tiny House Collective Kansas City or you can email me too: [email protected].

  25. jonne santo June 8, 2015 at 11:31 pm #

    Hi I have some lots in eastern Jackson county. Small lots…love tiny house idea…can someone call me? 816-836-7474

    • Josh June 9, 2015 at 5:20 pm #

      Hi Jonne
      What’s a good time to call you? 816-668-0909. I’m in Independence.

  26. Doug Geniesse June 18, 2015 at 2:16 pm #

    I would love to help. We are starting to build tiny homes in SE Kansas (Independence).

    Tiny Bungalow

  27. Karen July 5, 2015 at 10:06 pm #

    I’ve been drawn to less wasteful living, including smaller spaces, tiny house for about a decade now.
    I’m very excited to find this article!
    Just sent a request to the FB page.

  28. Rosemary James July 13, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    I am so excited to find this site! I Googled Tiny Houses Missouri and this one popped up. I have been interested in Tiny Houses ever since I first saw them on HGTV a few years ago. I thought they were fantastic. I too, have been through some financial struggles like Josh. I am totally on board with building a Tiny House in Kansas City. Eventually I would like to retire, so if the homes can be mobile, I can move my TH to wherever I decide to go! Sign me up Josh!!!

  29. michael July 29, 2015 at 10:46 pm #

    Great job josh. This is a lifestyle that really appeals to me and I dont have to leave the area to get involved. I would like to be involved so please contact me.

  30. nedinne July 31, 2015 at 6:47 am #

    I am interested. I”m wondering if you have any info on Tiny Houses in Boone County, Arkansas? Or any of the counties around Bull Shoals Lake area. Thanking you in advance for a reply…[email protected]. I currently live in Indep, but have an interest in No. Central Arkansas..

  31. Janet Merkt August 7, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    What a great article. We currently live in Florida and are thinking of relocating (for summers anyway!) to the KC area to be closer to family in Blue Springs and Grain Valley. I have been interested in the Tiny House concept for a time now, and while I don’t think I could get my hubby in a 120 sq ft house, I know he is amenable to downsizing and a small bungalow with a yard for the dogs would suit us fine. Many great TH concepts can be applied to life in general. Will find you on Facebook!

  32. cena August 12, 2015 at 5:35 am #

    Hi, This blog is very interesting and g0reat things are happening in Kansas City.firstly thanks a lot for such a wonderful post. I would like to know more about such topics and hope to get some more helpful information from your blog.

    Thank you

    Cheap Houses Kansas City

  33. Alice August 13, 2015 at 11:07 pm #

    The face book and email contacts are not working. I am EXTREMELY interested in contacting some one in your organization.
    [email protected]

  34. Jessica August 20, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    I’m glad I found this site for not just the information but also the hOme plans themselves. I bought the plans and plan on starting on construction around February or March. Unfortunately I have no idea where I could find area to have it built before I take it to an rv park. Could someone give me some advice on finding a place for the construction? I’ve only been living in Kansas City for about 4 months now so I’ve no idea where to look, but the major deal brake for me would be would be the distance to the airport since I work as a flight attendant.

    • Josh Farmer September 4, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

      I’m a Metro rider, I take the 129 to the airport frequently.

      That being said, TH villages will be coming soon to neighborhoods all over the KC Metro. We meet every 3rd Thursday at the Bluford Branch Library. We also are on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KCTHC/ and you can see us at http://www.tinyhousecollective.org. Or you can email me directly at [email protected].

      Flight attendants would be great for Tiny Housing — our bathrooms are spacious compared to bathrooms on the planes.

  35. Josh Farmer August 21, 2015 at 9:49 am #

    Hey Jessica, our Tiny House Collective is actively working on changing zoning to accommodate THoW’s. We have been successful in getting the CIty to approve TH on foundations as small as 120 sq ft.

    We host a Public Board Meeting every 3rd Wednesday of the month at the
    Lucile H. Bluford Public Library at 6pm where we parse all of the items out!

    Please come join!

    • Bob August 21, 2015 at 11:21 am #

      That’s great! What are the criteria to be met for a tiny house on foundation?

      • Josh Farmer September 4, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

        The criteria for Tiny Housing on slab is the same for any housing. The minimum sq ft is 70 sq ft…but that comes with some serious code challenges. If you stay above 120 sq ft, you will need to do what any other home owner does, you may also come up against neighborhood-specific CCR’s that have a sq ft print requirement of more than the legal minimum.

  36. aikanae September 4, 2015 at 3:28 am #

    I’m interested in developing a th community (I should get my own first?) and wondered if there was a group for sharing experiences. One of the issues in the city where I live in is that they pride themselves on having higher incomes “like Vail and Aspen” currently requiring 80% of the workforce to commute from neighboring areas. Even the city character plans say “workforce housing can be located elsewhere”. There is a strong prejudice against anyone earning the average income in this area as “poverty” which appears to be socially acceptable here. I’m pretty sure th’s would be considered “workforce” (low income) housing. Has anyone encountered that objection and resolved it?

    • Josh Farmer September 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm #

      In Kansas City, we have a firm policy of not going where we aren’t wanted. We have some very high end neighborhoods and I don’t approach them mostly because I think it would just feel odd to be Tiny surrounded by such overbearing opulence.

      As to creating a TH community in a largely wealthy area — you are going to need a benefactor, someone IN the community who brings it in. If you attempt to buy land and build 1) you’re going to pay a huge sum for the land, 2) you are going to have a legal battle from neighborhood associations and set a precedent that will most likely effect someone else’s ability to do it as well.

      That’s a tough situation.

  37. john November 1, 2015 at 12:45 am #

    there is a the lot of great things that you are going to accomplish . But i would like to get into the areas of land that needs to be purchased in a area to make the city happy. EX Leveitt towns originally . I feel there is an answer and would like to be a part of it .Let me know .

    • /bob November 1, 2015 at 8:10 am #

      There is a planned community in Walsenburg, CO that is doing just that. 28 tiny houses planned on an old HS football field that is just going to weeds right in town. Here is the link: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28954154/walsenburg-has-big-hopes-tiny-homes

      As posted on this blog Walsenburg is one of the early adopters changing their city code to allow tiny houses to be built and/or placed as the primary residence on a city lot. The article I linked to states they have to be on a foundation, but closer inspection of the actual code indicates a tiny house can be pulled in on a trailer base and setup like a mobile home on a block pier foundation and strapped down. There are already lots of mobile homes in Walsenburg so this is not a big change for them, only in the size of the building. One other requirement is that the tiny house be permanently connected to water and sewer. Here is the blog post from last year: https://tinyhousebuild.com/tiny-houses-walsenburg-co/

      I have a dream of building there on a lot with a nice view of the Spanish Peaks. Water and sewer being connected is no biggie for me. Saves drilling a well at least. I would still think about being completely solar for electrical and may consider using city LP since that is available, or using tank propane, whichever is more economical since it is really the same gas from the same company. Cities like Walsenburg and Spur, TX really are just looking to reverse the flow of residents out and build their tax base so even just being a resident will help them out.

  38. Libertarian Ed May 26, 2016 at 10:53 pm #

    Why does this movement depend on donations? 5 of your 8 ways to get involved specify donating time, money or resources. If people want to start a community of tiny houses in KC, that is fantastic and great for those involved, but why does it require others to donate to them? Are they not self-sufficient people? Are they in need of charity? I’m confused. What is the basis for the conclusion that these people cannot support themselves? I don’t mean to be harsh, but I do mean to ask why it is that this movement requires others to support it? That doesn’t make sense to me.

  39. Linda D'Andrea-Thomsen May 31, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    Where is the tiny house community located in Kansas City? I need to know asap. Someone please contact me. 402-239-0705

  40. Zoila November 22, 2016 at 9:11 am #

    I’m still looking for somewhere I can station my tiny house in Kansas City that is why I haven’t started to build yet. Can anyone help? 816 716 7216 is my cell please text I work and go to school full time so I’m not always able to answer my phone it is easier to read a text. Thank you for any help! 🙂

    • Angela February 25, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

      Curious as to if any areas worked out for a tiny home to be put on? Thinking maybe rural areas would work best?

      • Dennis May 23, 2017 at 1:47 pm #

        Rural or semi-rural areas may have looser zoning. Other possibilities could be unincorporated ares of Kansas City like Blue Summit and plats of land in the inner city that have been rezoned for development. CDBGs (Community Development Block Grants) may be designated for these areas. Partnership between corporate sponsors, civic leaders / council members, churches and neighborhood associations can accomplish this by working together. One example is the tiny homes for vets development at 89th & Troost. I’m surprised they didn’t do something creative like solar power. One 5KW system on 1 of the 50 units would have supplied enough power for all. I’m a Co-Op partner with CREW (Clean Renewable Energy Worldwide. We recently formed a strategic alliance with Tuff Shed to offer the “Solar Sanctuary” which places PV solar panels on the roof to feed power into the main house or share in a mini community solar system. I can provide details if interested.

  41. Stephen chamberlain June 18, 2018 at 7:19 am #

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