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Tiny homes could be in Cedaredge's future

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For the May 9 work session for the Cedaredge Board of Trustees, town administrator Greg Brinck presented planning commission recommendations for tiny homes. A public hearing is scheduled at the regular May 16 meeting, to be followed by a vote to amend the municipal code by allowing tiny homes.

Based on a fact sheet definition, a tiny home would be classified as a permanent structure with a floor area between 200 and 600 square feet. A single tiny home would be for principal use, whereas a tiny home park would require a conditional use permit.

In reality there are not many lots in Cedaredge that could be developed for a tiny home; Brinck estimated about 20 or so. Regarding the property tax concern, the Delta County assessor has a model for assessing the value for tiny homes.

Trustee Catherine Brown was the first to voice her hesitation. "I see these as a glorified trailer home," she said. "What kind of clientele are we trying to bring in?" Brinck acknowledged that these are concerns other municipalities have. Communities that typically have success with these tend to use them with the focus of being a tourist attraction.

Mayor Gene Welch equated allowing single tiny homes to reinventing the wheel. Instead, he suggested changing the building code to a minimum requirement such as 400-500 square feet, not messing with tiny home codes at all.

"I really disagree with this whole thing," he said. "It's not good for the town and our job is to protect the future of the town." He did agree with the idea of a tiny home park where several are in one area, as it creates more of a community feel.

Trustee Al Smith cautioned the board to make this decision based on the future of the town and not try to control someone else's choice of living. Brinck planned to look into other municipalities' minimum requirements in building codes. He will also work on an ordinance amending the water requirement wording, which allows for lots to use town water or haul in.

At the regular meeting the trustees will also hold a public hearing for using Old Hire Police Officers Pension

Funds. Subtotal as of the end of 2018 was about $81,000. Some will be used for three years of Social Security, leaving about $30,000 available for Cedaredge Police Department use.

Brinck then updated the town on the request for proposals for the town engineer. Staff is reviewing the three submissions and is hoping to make a decision next week. Many projects need to get started this summer, hence the urgency.

At the end of the session Mayor Welch proposed holding the work session meeting the Tuesday before the regular meeting, which takes place on the third Thursday of the month. The trustees liked the idea and decided to test the plan for June. Work session will be on June 18 with the regular session on June 20. Both are at 5 p.m. in the Cedaredge Civic Center.

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