Tiny/Small House Visionary Community In Quebec
I am quite excited to share the news of a tiny/small housing development in Lantier, Quebec. By combining green construction technology, affordability, a resident work program, community gardens, food forests, greenhouses, playgrounds, daycare facilities, all set in a beautiful rural region just 2 minutes from the town of Lantier (and just 1 hour from Montreal), Habitat Multi Générations (HMG) is creating an ideal setting for tiny/small housers that will hopefully inspire many other communities.
This innovative group has been planning this development since 2007 and in the process has gained the enthusiastic support of their local government. Seeing the benefit of an influx of new residents as well as an eco solution for housing, the municipality agreed to change their bylaws and reduced the minimum household square footage to 350SF. They also created an environmentally friendly residential zone within the municipality to allow for the Habitat Multi Générations development.
Already 30 lots have been reserved in the first P3D: “Les hameaux de la Source” (which will eventually welcome more than 100 houses). It is possible with as little as $80,000CAD to become a house owner on a 16,000SF lot. That includes everything from septic, well, foundations, access to the collective garden courtyard and to the 100 acres of community/open space. Among the recreational opportunities in the community are free access to tennis courts, several cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and biking trails, public access to lake Ludger Arpin, a rec room, library, and more. Habitat Multi Générations intends on creating P3Ds in various other locales.
One of the aspects of the P3D model that impresses me the most is the opportunity for home owners to significantly lower the cost of their house construction. P3D home owners can become employees of HMG after some training and work on the production line (the houses are built in an off site workshop using factory technology for better efficiency), helping to build the houses that will go into the community. As wage, they accumulate dollar credits to be deducted from the price of their home. Home builders become employees of the organization working on the production line according to their abilities and skills without necessarily working on their own home.
The HMG team and its partners have brought together experts in landscape architecture, permaculture, horticulture, agronomy, non-timber forest products and mycology. Together they are developing edible and sustainable landscaping within the P3D. Residents can then enjoy easy and convenient access to a source of natural food, presenting a significant opportunity for people to reduce their grocery expenses.
Lantier is a small town, one hour north of Montreal. It is well known for its stunning natural landscapes and sprawling lakes. 15 minutes from Lantier, you will find Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts which offers a wide range of shops and social, cultural & recreational activities, schools, and a hospital. There are employment opportunities in the region as well as public transportation.
If you are interested in this housing model and want to know more, you can contact info@habitatmultigenerations.