Considerations of Tiny Home Town Planning for Homeless Residents

Posted on: 4 July 2017

A trend that is catching on in real estate and towns around the world is the idea of using tiny homes to create small towns for the homeless. This solves several issues for the town, councils, and other town authorities including reducing health issues among the homeless, as well as reducing robberies and crimes committed on homeless residents of the town. Though it may seem fairly easy to plan a tiny home community, there are considerations town planners have to keep in mind that are specific to the tiny home town structure and construction. Here are a few of those considerations:

Communal Areas

Very few of the tiny home layouts have laundry areas, and if they do, it is very small and requires laundry systems that are generally all in one washer and dryers that are specifically made for smaller areas. If you are on a budget for this endeavor, then it may be easier and cheaper to create a communal area that houses a free laundry facility. Other communal areas such as entertainment areas, computer areas, and similar communal options should be considered as well.

Gardening Areas

One of the aspects that make so many tiny towns for the homeless work well is found in the food production. If you are planning a tiny home community for your area homeless, then you will want to consider the best options for sustainable food resources. There will still need to be food provided on some level, but the gardens will help produce vegetables and fruits as well as fish if aquaponics technology is used. This can help ensure the homeless in the community are fed and help reduce costs for that food supply.  Depending on how you want to provide the food, such as aquaponics or high tunnels for crops, you may need contractors with experience in building these areas to ensure they are durable and can withstand weather conditions while still providing a decent amount of sustainable food options.

Land Planning

Land planning is a part of any town planning, but with tiny homes, it can be increasingly more intensive. This is especially true if you plan on connecting solar power to multiple tiny homes, instead of each having their own separate solar supply. Other aspects of tiny homes that can affect land planning are water tanks, greywater systems, and rain drain-off. All of these need to be considered with tiny homes specifically.

By keeping these key considerations in mind you can make the process of developing a tiny home town plan smoother. Make sure to consult several contractors to find the ones with tiny home experience as well as sustainable community and larger residential area planning and construction experience.

Contact a local town planner for more information and assistance. 

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