WA State House Bill 1123: Micro Housing Bill

WA State House Bill 1123: Micro Housing Bill

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Rep. Blake is sponsoring WA State House Bill 1123 which would bar counties/cities with fewer than 125k people from setting minimum dimensions for single-family home — unless needed for fire and safety reasons.

We want to highlight the efforts by Rep. Blake who is sponsoring WA State House Bill 1123, a “micro housing” bill. It would bar counties and cities with fewer than 125,000 people from setting minimum dimensions for single-family home — unless needed for fire and safety reasons.

“We’re just trying to create some flexibility so folks who may want to build smaller structures that are more energy efficient are able to,” Blake said. “They may not want a 3,000-square-foot home.”

Thank you TDN.com for covering the story!

You can find the full bill HERE

 

26 Responses to WA State House Bill 1123: Micro Housing Bill

  1. bob January 28, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

    Yes! I hope this passes. We need more of this kind of thing. My city is just less than half the population that would be effected by this bill… if only it was in WA state. But we are in Iowa and while our city does have some relatively small homes in the older historic section, the majority of it is much newer and has larger homes and there is a rather large sq ft requirement here for new construction… way too large for reason.

    • Frank in upstate NY April 8, 2015 at 4:49 am #

      Obviously,….Tiny Houses and Tiny Living are here to stay…for many reasons; expenses – salaries in the US have not effectively increased since 1976-7, unemployment is effectively over 15% today, when data reflects “people giving up on regular work or jobs paying sustainable salaries.”

      When too much of our economy is based on the Semiconductor industry and those jobs that chase money….our society is MUCH worse off…as it is today. People want to make a difference in this world and not just make money as well.

      The TinyHouse movement is doing that….changing perceived and believed expectations about what a “human should” do….one tiny house at a time. We’re not here to “take, take, take” everything we can…just because we can.

      We must change…and now inertia into this reality is “stepping up”.

  2. Stephen Reynolds February 9, 2015 at 8:47 am #

    When we bought our property in Ocean Shores decades ago, there were few restrictions. Then they passed a rule that you could only park your RV 3 months out of the year on your property. Then they said no mobile homes. Then they said, oh well, OK, you can put a double wide, new, at least 800 sq. ft. on your property. No wonder Ocean Shores isn’t growing.

    I hope this bill passes so those of us who ain’t rich can put a nice, attractive, and affordable tiny house on our property that we’ve paid taxes on for decades.

    • Callene February 19, 2015 at 9:23 am #

      I think as most do I am sure, that we should have the say in what goes on on our own properties.I do not see it as right that anyone can dictate what we can or can not do.As long as it hurts no one or nothing.The size of your own home should be up to you.If they have the restrictions for resale value then pass a law of privacy fences to hide trailers,be it RV or Mobile Homes.But if you pay your taxes then only you should have say over your property.Again as long as no harm comes to anyone else.

      • Gabriella February 19, 2015 at 4:38 pm #

        Callene, actually a pretty interesting suggestion to have fences in areas where people are concerned about property values being devalued bc of smaller/tiny houses. Thanks!

      • Kim June 13, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

        Callene,

        Hello. It is valid for neighbors to be concerned about home/property values and the impace we have on each in a neighborhood. We cannot be selflish about that.

        Our best hope for now, I have found, is to find an older neighborhood, with older homes, or a rural area, where you can put our tiny home…perhaps by paying some rent for being able to be on the property.

        Id id just that, in Palo Alto, Calif. In an older neighborhood. To be considerate of the neighbors, and to hopefully avoid complaints – which might get the city involved, I built an “L” shaped 6ft. fence that had a nice design that blended in with the neighborhood, and looked “upscale”.
        I put my 28ft. 5th wheel behind the fence, so in a sense, the RV was in the “backyard”. I lived there 3 yrs, with no complaints from neighbors at all. We can accomplish both… living tiny, and be considerate of our neighbors as well. The challenging part is to find a neighborhood or land where that is possible.

        • Gabriella June 15, 2015 at 9:49 am #

          Kim, I completely agree. I think it is important that we be sensitive to the reality of the world and societies we live in and to adjust to the best of our ability. Your upscale fence was brilliant and as a result you were respectful of the neighborhood you live in and they repaid you by not filing any complaints. There is something to be said to the value of working in cooperation (though it’s important for some rule breakers to get out there too to break the mold a bit).

    • Frank in upstate NY April 8, 2015 at 5:03 am #

      Again,….man people today have an Associates or Bachelor degree at least…if they work anywhere but at McDonald’s or Wendy’s, etc.

      People are giving up on the “American Dream” of having a large house, family, etc. for many reasons…..firstly; there are too many people in this country who are still uneducated and have NO chance of moving up and sustaining “even lower middle class living”.

      Secondly…..even if someone is well educated…jobs other than the semiconductor sector, have NOT increased cost of living wages since 1976 effectively. Thirdly,…we still have a country with over 40,000,000 uninsured people who can’t afford insurance due to being underpaid and/or over educated. Now, we’re penalized with our taxed if we don’t buy it! Our modern American medical system is broken,…doesn’t do us any good and needs a change anyway to sustainable health without medications for everyone!

      TinyHousing is one way to “even the playing field” for single’s, couples, retired folks, and even a 3-household family now.

      Many, many people are seeing that they do NOT want to work 3-4 full time jobs…so that they can play for one day during the week…and sometimes not even then…because of weekend work.

      Life is NOT about making money for large corporations and rich stock holders.
      This is why working a nice little 40-hour week can be sustainable for the poor and middle class again…and even for some eccentric “well-off” economically well heeled individuals, that choose to do so.

    • Amanda April 15, 2015 at 9:49 pm #

      Hi Stephen,

      Where do I find all of these restrictions? We’re thinking about building a modern home that includes recycled materials like shipping containers in our design.

      Thanks!

    • Lourdes January 5, 2016 at 10:31 am #

      Hi Stephen! I was doing a search on TIny Houses for Ocean Shores and came across this post and your comment — I see that this passed the House last March, do you know where it stands now? My family owns property (a lot) in Ocean Shores and I have been interested in putting a tiny house there to use for weekends/vacations and eventually retire to (I live in Seattle) but am not sure of the current situation…
      Thank you!

      • /bob January 5, 2016 at 10:52 am #

        Just looked this up at my favorite legislature bill tracking web site and found it was reintroduced and is retained in status (50% through the process of adoption).
        See the bill status and text as it is today here:
        https://legiscan.com/WA/bill/HB1123/2015

        BTW- you can use the legiscan.com web site to look up any bill in any state in the USA. A good resource to keep around.

        • Lourdes January 12, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

          Awesome, thank you!

        • Steve Lambert March 4, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

          You can also see the status of this bill at https://legiscan.com/WA/bill/HB1123/2015. As of 2/26/16 it was place in the House Rules “X” file. According to a legislative glossary of terms, this is where bills go that will have no further in the process. I’m not sure if that is a good or bad sign.

          I encourage people who are interested in this to contact their representatives.

          • /bob March 4, 2016 at 4:37 pm #

            Yep, same web link I provided also. That web site auto updates the current status and records the historical status of any bills. I visit it often for Iowa since I work for the State here.

  3. Roy February 21, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this! I wrote into a few of the local reps here in eastern Washington to ask them to support this bill. I’m moving out of the state soon, but I do have hopes to come back someday, and I am certainly a fan of the tiny house movement and it’s steady growth.

    • Gabriella February 23, 2015 at 9:08 am #

      Yay…thank you for taking the initiative!!

    • Frank in upstate NY April 8, 2015 at 5:13 am #

      Roy,….where “big money is concerned”….nothing changes…do you really expect legislation to pass on this bill the first time? Obviously, it allows for everyone to live as they want….”in a town of less than 250,000 people” of course.

      “What’s the nonsense of choosing 250,000 people….why not 249,999 or 200,000, or 100,000?”

      People will keep moving in the TinyHouse direction, with or without government approval…government is setup to collect taxes….PERIOD.

      If someone can live sustainably on a $22,000 salary in this country starting at age 25…let’s postulate…and the government says…”you can’t do that kind of living because of….this, this, this and this….is “this” going to stop the young person from “hiding” their TinyHouse behind the neighbors barn?

      Ahhhh….NOOO! So why doesn’t Government wise up…and allow other lifestyles to assimilate into society? Why? They can’t afford the tax loses…even though people are losing their’ homes due to lack of sustainable jobs, lack of jobs period,…and due to issues of poor health and the lack of a proper medical American standard…every minute of every day in this country.

      • Kim June 13, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

        Frank,

        I feel the way do about the conditions under which most of us are under. Enslaved to a high cost of living (either by renting or owning a place). Tiny Homes, tiny lifestyles are a wonderful answer for that.

        If we are to succeed, I think it is important for us generate public support. Perhaps we need to look at other movements who have been successful at making change. When we could affect both gov. and neighbor pocket books negatively (i,e. loss of tax income, or loss of property values for them) we have a challenging road ahead. Perhaps it will be helpful if we continue getting successful, environmentally and neighbor friendly tiny house stories in the press/documentaries, short new stories etc. It is to our advantage to be gracious when we come into contact with gov. agencies etc. and anyone who opposes the Tiny House movement (even though we have lots of frustration, anger and we have compassion for everyone who is suffering without affordable housing). People are more likely to respond to a “kinder” approach, then to and “angry” approach.

        It’s safe to vent here…though. We are all ears. And most of us feel the same way you do! With love and respect, Kim (Tiny House living – hopeful).

  4. Frank in upstate NY April 8, 2015 at 5:15 am #

    Now me….. the Tiny House movement is destined to “succeed” by virtue of need.

    Now everybody……(Politician’s too)

    “The TinyHouse movement is destined to succeed, but virtue of NEED”.

  5. Michael Withey April 10, 2015 at 1:56 pm #

    Tiny houses are the wave of the future when it comes to an answer to the lack of affordable housing. Micro Community Concepts was formed to address this issue in Portland, Oregon and we we’re pleasently suprised to find that we can just go right ahead and build our community of tiny houses. The number of new “Acessory Dwelling Unit” permits are skyrocketing and even tiny houses on wheels will soon be deemed “ADU’s” making them legal to live in and rent out.

    • Kim June 13, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

      Michael,

      Thanks for posting your comment. Very helpful and postive!

    • Dana October 1, 2015 at 11:26 am #

      Michael
      I am currently looking for Tiny Home property. Do you know where the Portland politicians are regarding allowing ADU permits for Tiny Homes? Are you connected to Micro Community Concepts? I am headed there next to try to find information for my quest.
      Dana

      • Gabriella October 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

        Hi Dana! Great that you are wanting to hear up there. I am not familiar with the latest info about Portland ADUs other than it all seems to be going very well. Have you connected with the good folks at PAD?

        • Dana October 4, 2015 at 8:25 am #

          Yes, Gabriella. I just signed up for PAD’s November weekend class. Hoping to learn some things and connect with other Tiny Home enthusiasts.

          We in Portland are experiencing an affordable housing crisis. I am hoping to speak to City Coucil next week to encourage they move forward on allowing Tiny Homes in the city as one solution to this crisis. Wish me luck!

      • Steve Lambert March 4, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

        I came across this news article today: http://portlandtribune.com/sl/294232-171644-battle-linesdrawn-on-adu-tax. It basically states that Portland started permitting ADUs, and then used that as an excuse to substantially raise taxes on the property.

  6. Fawn February 26, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

    Just looked up the status on this bill thinking it might fill the need of my young adult having their own space but found out it failed to pass.

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