San Jose to Allow Movable Tiny Houses as ADUs! Who's Next? - Tiny House Blog
April 17, 2020

San Jose to Allow Movable Tiny Houses as ADUs! Who’s Next?

California’s tiny home legal acceptance is on a major roll! Following in Santa Clara County’s footsteps, the city of San Jose is expected to approve movable tiny houses as accessory dwelling units within the next couple of weeks.

With that, over half a million households in Silicon Valley, could potentially host a tiny home in the backyard! Keep in mind, this is one of the expensive places in the United States. So adding tiny houses to the ADU mix helps create more affordable housing options, quickly.

Read the zoning ordinance here.

“Awesome news from the City of San Jose, California’s third largest city! San Jose City Council took a major step to approve Movable Tiny Homes as ADUs! Today was the first reading of The ordinance, modeled after the LA City ordinance. The ordinance has to go through another reading and will then become law by the end of May.

The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) ordinance approval permits Movable Tiny Houses as permissible and permanently habitable accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

Movable tiny homes are being accepted in California’s largest cities and provides a model for other cities around the country. The City of San Diego will hear a similar ordinance at its Planning Commission on the 16th of April and Humboldt County will act on it this spring..”

-Dan Fitzpatrick, Tiny Home Industry Association President, 4/14/2020

San Jose’s latest groundbreaking news comes after they opened the doors to their first micro-home community for the homeless. This is an effort that’s been in the works for years.

The Mabury Bridge Housing Project is a transitional housing village with a capacity to house 40 people. It’s built on land owned by Valley Transit Authority. Also, Habitat For Humanity built the adorable mini-cabins. Later this year, an additional 40-unit community site is set to open.

Featured blog post image courtesy of California Tiny House.

by Alexis Stephens, Tiny House Blog contributor
My partner, Christian, and I are traveling tiny house dwellers. Together we’ve traveled for 4.5 years for our documentary and community education project, Tiny House Expedition. We live, breathe, dream the tiny home community every day. This is our life and our true passion. We are very grateful to be able to experience this inspiring movement in such an intimate way and to be able to share our exploration with all of you.

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