22 Mar 2017

Tiny Advocacy Network News

 
 

 What just happened at City Hall?

Tuesday afternoon was a big win for tiny house enthusiasts across Los Angeles and beyond. The Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee met today to discuss the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance. The room was packed full of people both in support and against ADUs. Over a dozen people took the time to trek to beautiful City Hall and comment in support of adding language for movable tiny houses in the ADU ordinance. Most everyone had never before made a public comment in City Hall, but together we worked up the courage, stepped up to the mic, and were heard.

And guess what?

Council member Huizar (CD14) voiced support for our movable tiny house comments and suggested that the legal office create language for movable tiny houses! And there was NO objections or further comments from any other council member on PLUM!! This was a highly anticipated moment, and a wonderful success.

 
 

What does this mean for legally living tiny in LA?

The City’s legal office will work with the City’s Planning Department  to draft language for movable tiny houses over the next few weeks. Soon (but we don’t yet know exactly when) the final ADU ordinance with the tiny house language will go to the entire City Council for a vote.

THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP!!

We are SO CLOSE to having a legal avenue for living tiny in Los Angeles. Even if you don’t live in the City of LA, or desire to live in the backyard, this will set precedent for an understanding of this housing option in the LA area and allow this opportunity to be utilized by other municipalities and possibly in a wider range of ways.

We NEED to do more outreach getting all council members on board. We’ve already caught word that while most council members are supportive of tiny houses as ADUs, there are some who are not. As far as we know, we need more than a majority of our council members to vote in support of this ordinance.

 
 

What can you do to help?

1. Email or call your Council member. 

Tell them you support Movable Tiny Houses in your neighborhood, and why. Click here for a handy sheet of contact information.

2. Email your council district’s planning and policy staff.

Tell them you support Movable Tiny Houses in your neighborhood, and why. Click here for a handy sheet of contact information.

3. Speak about Movable Tiny Houses to your neighborhood council.

Ask your neighborhood council to write a statement of impact showing support for tiny houses. If you want support with spreading the word about tiny houses to your neighborhood council, contact Tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com 

4. Tell your friends and family to support the ADU ordinance.

5. Come out to the next hearing to make a public comment.

We don’t yet know when this is scheduled, but email tinyadvocacynetwork@gmail.com if you’re interested in making a public comment but need a bit more information on how to do so.

 

The Tiny Advocacy Network of LA (TAN) is focused on advocating for improved local zoning bylaws and building codes to foster housing solutions including tiny houses.

“UNITING IN OUR SHARED INTERESTS OF AFFORDABLE BY DESIGN, SUSTAINABLE AND MINIMALIST HOUSING, WE USE OUR SHARED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO ADVOCATE FOR INCREASED HOUSING OPTIONS, ALLOWING THE NEEDS OF THE TINY HOUSE COMMUNITY BE HEARD AND MET. WE AIM TO IMPROVE THE WIDER LOS ANGELES COMMUNITY’S UNDERSTANDING OF TINY HOMES AND THEIR PLACE AS A LEGITIMATE HOUSING SOLUTION."

 
Teresa Baker