Two years ago, Decatur overhauled its zoning-related regulations — resulting in our present Unified Development Ordinance. One aspect of that effort was the enabling of different types of housing, allowing for residents across a wider economic spectrum.
Many Decatur residents are probably familiar with our now fully allowable Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), which come in the form of basement apartments, granny flats over garages, and backyard cottages. On most residential lots, you can build a separate residence of up to 800 square feet, creating both a middle-income apartment for a relative or tenant and a potential income stream for the owner.
But did you know that Tiny Houses are also allowed? It’s true. So long as they’re constructed on a permanent foundation, Tiny Houses can serve as either an accessory unit or a primary residence.
Don’t go looking for those Tiny Houses you see on HGTV, though. Those are classified as trailers, which, in Decatur, cannot serve as an occupied dwelling. You’ll just have to put down roots and stay a while!
Find out more and get inspired. Here are all the details…
Decatur Tiny House Festival
Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31
An exciting new festival is coming to Decatur! Could you live in 500 square feet or less? For tiny house enthusiasts, the answer is a not-so-small, “YES!” If you’re intrigued by the concept of tiny houses and small space living and want to learn more, join Tiny House Atlanta for the first-ever Decatur Tiny House Festival, July 30 and 31 in downtown Decatur. Approximately10 tiny houses will be available to tour, and experts on topics such as sustainability, minimalism, urban planning, zoning, and downsizing will be on hand to answer your questions.
Here are just a few of the fun and informative activities planned over the course of this 2-day event:
· Tiny houses will be on-site and open for tours.
· Vendors will be on hand explaining and promoting sustainable practices in the tiny house movement.
· Speaker Symposium will offer opportunities to learn from experts in different areas of the industry.
A portion of the event proceeds will go to the Decatur Housing Initiatives Corporation –a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity overseen by the Decatur Housing Authority to enable the development of affordable housing, provide supportive services for low income families and children, and enhance opportunities for greater diversity in Decatur.
Image courtesy of GA Tiny Rentals.