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Augusta Commission to discuss ‘tiny homes’ Tuesday

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The Augusta Commission is responding to citizen’s requests and could vote on an ordinance allowing for “tiny homes” at its next meeting Tuesday.

The proposed ordinance, as outlined by Interim Planning and Zoning Director Carla Delaney, defines a tiny house as an on-site built structure or modula...

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  1. For the homeless and veterans tiny homes, spending around $700 to over $1300 per square foot is not good stewardship of taxpayers’ money. This seemingly would not be a good option for a plan to alleviate homelessness, especially if the task force doesn’t require the occupant to have “skin in the game “. This has the makings of inevitable “mini slums” throughout Augusta.

  2. WOW!!!! So ‘Tiny Homes’ cost are off the charts, or someone is pulling a fast one. Also on the agenda last Tuesday was a request to build 4 homes at a cost of $131k each which were much larger than any Tiny Home. strange how these Tiny Homes cost so much when Housing and Community Development wants 4 @ $131k each that are much bigger. Interesting.

  3. Let me state first that I am all in favor of the approval of smaller sq ft housing. It opens numerous doors for people who want a decent pace to stay at an affordable price. HOWEVER, I am AMAZED at the projected cost of these! This is absolutely ridiculous! New construction of a conventional home is now around $150/ft including land. If the quoted figures are anywhere near correct, then I will vigorously oppose this. This is NOT Affordable housing for anyone! The poverty level for a family of three people is $23,000. Affordable housing is defined as no more than 30% of disposable income or $6900 per year or ~$575 per month. Fair market pricing for rental property is ~ 1-1.5% of the total property value per month. The cheapest unit that could meet these requirements would cost a total of $57,500. A 500 sq ft unit at this value would equate to $115 per sq ft. This needs to be fixed NOW! I cannot believe that there has been no in depth research by our architectural and engineering colleges into the development of units which are both built to be sustainable and less expensive. Some one needs to get busy and actually do their job!

  4. Those prices are ridiculously high. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that. No…these planning people need to more realistic. It’s not their money, so they don’t care.
    Actually, this is just a bad idea all the way around. Building these things and finding suitable land to place them would be a continuing project…mainly because the word WILL get out across the South & the country that you could get free room & board AND maintenance in Augusta, Georgia!!
    If they just have to do it, build a structure like a large motel and put them in that.

  5. We already have tiny homes in Augusta. They are called apartments and town homes. Someone better ask the right questions before these projects are approved. Many homeless people and people moved out of subsidized housing into single unit dwellings lack the experience and skills to be effective homeowners. They do not have the money to maintain the structure or the skills and tools to maintain it themselves. Some retain the expectation that some agency will cut the grass, fix the leaks, periodically paint, and repair the appliances. Not saying these are bad ideas, but some effective due diligence and planning are required before throwing money at these projects.

  6. I can see these Tiny Homes being placed on many lots in Augusta. They may already have running water from a sprinkler system and they can run power wires to each from the main home. Excellent! And the reason they didn’t draw in driveways or parking places is because we need to transition (remember that word?) from fossil-fuel burning vehicles to bicycles. Just put a bicycle rack in front of each tiny home and they’ll have it made! Wunnerful! Amerika is going to be a great place to live!

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