Delia ap­proves first tiny house de­vel­op­ment

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The trend of tiny homes has hit the Vil­lage of Delia as its vil­lage coun­cil ap­proved the con­struc­tion of one such home.

A High River cou­ple have put in a per­mit to build an 800 square foot home in Delia. They are ex­pected to be­gin con­struc­tion in the spring.

“We don’t have tons of empty lots but any de­vel­op­ment is good de­vel­op­ment and peo­ple mov­ing in to Delia is a good thing,“said Delia CAO Mark Nikota.

The home has many re­stric­tions to ad­here to like a per­ma­nent foun­da­tion and it must be prop­erly skirted. The cur­rent land own­ers are also re­quired to sign the de­vel­op­ment per­mit prior to the per­mit tak­ing ef­fect. A pub­lic hear­ing was held and the per­mit is now in the fi­nal stages of be­gin ac­cepted.

“The lot they bought was a pri­vate deal but the pur­chasers put in a de­vel­op­ment per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion and that of course went to coun­cil to make sure that was some­thing they wanted to al­low,” said Nikota.

Nikota ar­gues that the house isn’t too far off in size in terms of hous­ing in Delia.

“The area that the lot is in is zoned R2 Res­i­den­tial General so it wasn’t like it was a big stretch, it was def­i­nitely a much smaller size than what the land use plan calls for but when you look at some of the sur­round­ing houses in Delia, it’s not like it’s way out of bounds and it’s good for the vil­lage to have de­vel­op­ment on an empty lot.”

Delia is not the only com­mu­nity that is em­brac­ing the min­i­mal­ist move­ment. Big Val­ley re­cently opened a sec­tion of land with the pur­pose of intriguing prospec- tive buy­ers into de­vel­op­ing tiny homes.

So far, no one has fully com­mit­ted to buy­ing a lot.

“We did a num­ber of press re­leases and we had, I would say, sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est so there is a lot of peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in it, un­for­tu­nately I think a lot of it has to

do with the cur­rent econ­omy,” said White.

They feel that the idea and in­ter­est is there but was in­tro­duced early.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we might have come up with some­thing that is a good idea but the tim­ing of it might not be en­tirely the best,” ex­plained White.

Since the zon­ing in­tro­duc­tion back in May, the vil­lage has come up with more spe­cific guide­lines for the de­vel­op­ment area. Height lim­its, ex­te­rior fin­ish, colours and so on are now put in place through the ar­chi­tec­tural guide­lines for houses that would go on the prop­erty.

“Coun­cil ac­tu­ally didn’t want the cookie cut­ter kind of style where each house is ex­actly the same but at the same time we wanted them to be sim­i­lar enough that there’s not go­ing to be some­thing com­pletely stand-out and in­cred­i­bly dif­fer­ent,” said White.

Delia has ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion by a vil­lage. party to build a tiny house, the first of its kind in the

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