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St. Joseph Could Be Joining Tiny House Trend

At a work session Tuesday afternoon at city hall, council members tentatively agreed to move forward with a plan that would change zoning to allow for smaller lots and smaller houses in residential zones.

Posted: Mar 21, 2018 11:30 AM
Updated: Mar 21, 2018 1:34 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The current city council likes the idea of jumping on-board the tiny house trend.

At a work session Tuesday afternoon at city hall, council members tentatively agreed to move forward with a plan that would change zoning to allow for smaller lots and smaller houses in residential zones.

Currently, the smallest allowable residential lot is 6,000 square feet. The change would reduce it to 2,250 square feet and the minimum limits of the size of a home would also be drastically reduced.

"That allows for less maintenance, less yard to maintain, less square footage," City Planner Nic Hutchison said. "The housing market is really driving a lot of this interest and demographic shift is causing a lot people to downsize the houses they want to live in."

The Veterans Community Project wants to build some tiny homes for homeless and struggling veterans in St. Joseph.

Council members say they are supportive of the project and wanted to do what they could to help.

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