Town Board faces tiny home issues

by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – The tiny house phenomenon is coming to the town and the Town Board has to decide how to deal with it.

Town resident Rachel Harder came to the board Tuesday with questions about her plan to move into a small home on a parcel on County C.

The small house movement advocates living simply in small homes. In Harder’s case, she plans to locate a home of about 200 square feet on her lot.

Since the home is delivered prefabricated and on wheels, Town Clerk/Treasurer Laura Raeder said it could be considered a mobile home, which would require it being placed on a foundation with a septic system.

“I see value in this, but I’m trying to do it the right way and get it approved so others can do it if they want to,” Harder told the board.

She said her plans include a greywater (non-septic waste water) system that would utilize greenhouse plants to remove that water.

“This is fairly common in the rest of the world where water is more scarce,” she said of the proposed greywater system. She added that she is working with county officials on that and her septic system.

“We don’t have anything that addresses this,” Supervisor Gene Blindauer said of the tiny home proposal and how it fits in under the town’s zoning and building ordinances.

“It’s not that we’re opposed to it, it’s just that we’re not sure what to do with it,” added Supervisor Glenn Kruschke.

Since Town Attorney Jim Hughes was absent from the meeting, the supervisors opted to table the issue until they could discuss it further with him.

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