The prospect of creating tiny houses in Lake Ozark to deal with an reasonably priced housing disaster within the Lake space moved a bit nearer to actuality after Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen motion Tuesday evening.
The board accepted first studying of two ordinances that set the stage for the development of the rising idea of houses beneath 800 sq. toes in dimension, often known as tiny houses.
The second studying will likely be supplied on the subsequent common assembly Sept. 22.
One ordinance adopts the definition of tiny houses so builders and contractors have a particular set of tips to observe.
The opposite ordinance amends town’s zoning code to permit for the development or improvement of tiny residence cluster developments in R-Three (multi-family) districts.
The board’s curiosity in tiny houses dovetails with a current Lake Ozark Planning and Zoning Fee choice to rezone a portion of Faculty Highway for the doable building of tiny houses. A neighborhood developer has been working with metropolis officers for a number of months to create a zoning district so he can construct a minimum of one cluster (Four-16) of tiny houses. A public listening to will likely be held Oct. 7 on the rezoning request.
Tiny houses/clusters outlined
A tiny house is a indifferent, self-contained dwelling unit with fundamental purposeful areas that help regular each day routines reminiscent of cooking, sleeping and sanitation. The items have to be between 300 and 800 sq. toes in whole flooring space, not together with lofts. They have to be constructed on-site on a everlasting basis and can’t exceed one story (excluding lofts).
A cluster of tiny houses is one that permits for the flexibleness for inventive design and superior scenic high quality by means of preservation of delicate environmental areas and environment friendly use of land. As a substitute of a traditional subdivision, which historically ends in buildings spaced evenly all through the location, cluster developments enable for particular person lot and setback necessities to be decreased so a bunch or “cluster” of items will be developed on a portion of the location. A cluster should embody no fewer than 4 nor greater than 16 items.
The central area utilized by all occupants of the cluster ought to embody storm shelters, mail receptacles and neighborhood leisure areas.
The town’s zoning code is being expanded to incorporate tiny houses in R-Three (multi-family residential) districts.
A tiny residence cluster improvement will be accepted by the P&Z Fee by Particular Use Allow and should meet the next situations together with:
•All tiny houses have to be related to public utilities.
•All cluster developments should adjust to lot setbacks
•Cluster developments have to be retained beneath widespread possession together with all tiny homes and customary open areas.
•Every unit ought to embody a minimum of two parking areas with no on-street parking throughout the improvement.
•Stairways should not be lower than 36 inches broad.
•Items should meet structural necessities as outlined within the adopted ordinance.
Alderman Vernon Jaycox shared his concern that parking might turn into an issue throughout the cluster developments until it’s intently monitored, and questioned how the restrict on variety of occupants will likely be monitored.
“I wish to be sure that the constructing commissioners and the police chief perceive that a few of these areas will find yourself with parking issues and too many individuals in these items,” Jaycox shared. “It’s going to turn into an issue.
When you let it get began it’s onerous to cease.”
Mayor Gerry Murawski mentioned metropolis officers and the possible developer have been engaged on the tiny houses idea for a few yr, and that the developer will likely be “very attuned” to potential points. He famous that the majority developments reminiscent of this have subdivision guidelines and restrictive covenants.
“It is a check mission for us and the realm,” he reminded the board. “We’ve a housing scarcity and we want tasks like this. I believe the problems will be managed by developer.”