The community has long held Community Days to celebrate the all Lincoln City residents. There will be garage sales and other things residents are interested in – including a TINY HOUSE for display in the parking lot of the Community Center. The builder of a Tiny SMART House will be available to answer questions this weekend Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm. Volunteers will be available to answer questions and provide handouts. The tiny house will be brought in this Friday and taken away next Thursday, April 25. When the people aren’t there to staff it, visitors can walk around it and peek through the windows.
Here’s more on Tiny Houses –
Lincoln City has passed an ordinance allowing clusters of 4 tiny houses on one lot. Each house has to be 400 square feet or smaller.
1. What is a “tiny house” in the new ordinance? What’s a “tiny house development?”
A “tiny house” is a stand-alone dwelling with a floor area of 400 square feet or less, excluding lofts. A “tiny house” does not mean a trailer or a recreational vehicle or “park models”.
A “tiny house development” means a site designed with at least four tiny houses and designed and operated under a single land development plan, or as part of another land development plan, such as a planned unit development or a cottage cluster development. (See city planning department staff for details – 541-996-1232)
2. Are Tiny Houses on Wheels (THOW) allowed in Tiny House Developments? At this time, no. If at a future time, the Oregon State Building Codes Division approves this type of housing, then it may be possible, if built in an approved facility (and sprinklered).
3. Where can Tiny House Developments be located? Tiny house developments can be proposed in: RM Multiple-Family Residential; GC General Commercial; and RC Recreation Commercial. In these zones, tiny house developments are permitted uses, but they must be reviewed through the site plan review process, which allows neighbors to give written comments.
4. How much land is needed for a Tiny House Development?
Tiny houses are allowed at a density of one tiny house for each 1,200 square feet of land area. Tiny houses must be separated from each other and from other structures (such as storage sheds, garages, etc.) by at least 10 feet, and at the perimeter of the development, houses must comply with the setbacks of the R-1 zone.
5. How much on-site parking is required?
A Tiny House Development must provide at least one off-street parking space for each house. Parking spaces may be clustered and need not be located immediately adjacent to the individual tiny houses they serve.
6. What about other types of manufactured “tiny houses?” Does a tiny house have to be “stick- built”? Does a tiny house need to have a foundation? “Park Models” are manufactured under the Recreational Vehicle code, and are not allowed in Tiny House Developments. Tiny houses can be built on-site (“stick-built”) to comply with the Oregon Residential Specialty Code. A tiny house can also use amendments in the “Reach Code”, which offers some exceptions to the Oregon Residential Special Code. If a house is using the Reach Code amendments, it must be sprinklered. Tiny houses with lofts will also need to be sprinklered. If a tiny house is built off-site, it must be constructed to the applicable code path, built in an approved facility, and may also need to be sprinklered. A foundation system is required; please check with our building department for your options.
7. Can I use any of the tiny homes as Vacation Rentals? No. The purpose of allowing this higher-density housing is to provide more workforce and affordable housing in Lincoln City. For that reason, short-term rentals are not allowed. The owner of a tiny house development is not required to live at the property; all of the units can be long-term rentals if desired. Be sure to get an Occupation Tax Permit (required for all owners who rent their property).
8. What are the System Development Charges (SDC) for a Tiny House Development?
SDC charges will differ depending upon development proposals; please contact the Public Works Department for more information.
Lincoln City Planning Dept. 541-996-1232