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Tiny homes, tremendous opportunity? Newfoundland town hopes so

Tiny homes, tremendous opportunity? Newfoundland town hopes so
From CBC - January 14, 2018

The town of Stephenvilleon the west coast of Newfoundlandis banking on a tiny trend to grow the community.

It'samending a bylaw to shrink the minimum dwelling size to make way for asubdivision of small very small homes.

Mayor Tom Rose saidthe town was approached by a developer interested in capitalizing on the growing popularity of tiny homes, and council members decided to seize the opportunity.

"They are affordable, they are trending, and this town is pro-development, we are open for business," said Rose.

A bylaw that requires single dwellings to be at least 750 square feet was amended with the full support of council in November 2017, to allow for homes as small as 387 square feet.

It's something other communities will likely face if the trend of tiny homes continues to grow.

The town of Torbay, almost 800 kilometresaway on the Avalon Peninsula, is currently grappling with bylaw issues after getting its firsttiny home proposal.

You do not always get the full loaf of bread, but sometimes you get the bun, I am good with that.- StephenvilleMayor Tom Rose

Developer Sean Hickey has been working with the Stephenvilletown council since his proposal for thetiny-home subdivision was approved in principle a year ago.

He is now selling 15tiny-home lots measuring 25 by 100 feet on a piece of land he owns on Brook Street, in the west end of Stephenville.

Hickey has already sold three lots, and is planning to build two tiny homes himself, with an asking price of $80,000 to $90,000.

Smaller house, lower costs

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