A Tale of Zoning Happily Ever After


Groundbreaking Zoning Ordinace for Tiny House Communities

Documenting tiny house movemehistory in the making in Rockledge, Fl

Image from Tiny House Expedition, documenting tiny house movement history in the making in Rockledge, Fl.

Once upon a time in the small, forward-thinking city of Rockledge, Florida, some of the most progressive tiny housing zoning ordinances in the entire US of A were approved, in record time and with great ease. You see, the forward-thinking City Manager had an eye for viable solutions for the needs of his constituents and a knack for facilitating progress. A fair maiden, by the name of René Hardee approached him & the city planners one fine day with a few simple questions. The rest is history…

A little on the cheesy side? Maybe. But after a recent trip to Florida to witness tiny house movement history in the making, I realized maybe fairytales can come true. The city of Rockledge provides an astonishing example of how smooth the process of creating & approving brand-new zoning regulations can be. Of course every city’s approach to zoning is distinct, with many good reasons. The question is why do some cities make the process so complicated and drawn out? Particularly when presented with a viable idea that benefits residents and provides opportunity for economic development. Continue reading

Tiny House in a Landscape

This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape may be more an artists dreamscape than an actual place, I’m really not for sure. I have had this one for quite a while and it has been very appealing to me. The peaceful setting above the water and it looks like it could be set on the moors somewhere in Great Britain.

A moor is a broad area of open land, often high but poorly drained, with patches of heath and peat bogs.

This tiny house looks right at home sitting above the water.

Tiny House in a Landscape

With winter moving in across the country, this old trapper’s cabin in the woods seemed appropriate to me for this weeks Tiny House in a Landscape. Thought the landscape is mainly trees it still presents a peaceful setting for this simple log cabin.

This cabin is living simply and covers the basics of protection from the harsh cold outside. It surprises me how many things we think we need to live, but when it really comes down to it all we need is shelter, warmth and food. What do you think?

Tiny House in a Landscape

This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape features a tiny stone cabin beside a lake and some canoeists enjoying the pleasant picture it presents.

I am a big fan of stone structures even though I realize they tend to be harder to heat and keep warm. However, the strength and stability they inspire has always drawn me to them. This is a very pleasant and well designed cabin. What do you think?