Not a fan of SLO’s tiny home or­di­nance

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Be­ing a fan of the Hope Vil­lage con­cept and im­pressed by the trans­for­ma­tion of the South Peaks Park on South Street, I see putting “small homes” in yards as ridicu­lous.

The SLO City Coun­cil ex­pects own­ers to shell out tens of thou­sands of dol­lars to dig sewer, elec­tri­cal and wa­ter lines, pur­chase a unit and then rent it for below mar­ket value? Right.

Mayor Heidi Har­mon couldn’t care less that the neigh­bors have to look at these travel trail­ers (no 6-foot screen­ing) with their flat tires and de­bris stored un­der­neath (no skirt­ing) and the detri­men­tal ef­fect these units will have on neigh­bor­hood prop­erty val­ues.

Po­ten­tial own­ers should con­sider the value of their house with a deed re­stricted trailer in their yard if they want to sell. What if a po­ten­tial buyer wants it moved or it fails re­newal in­spec­tion? You must kick out the ten­ants and how much will it cost and where do you get rid of a used “small home”?

Small homes should be placed in des­ig­nated parks where they can be prop­erly reg­u­lated and in­spected, not scat­tered through­out the city where they will be­come eye­sores and derelict relics.

But what do you ex­pect from a coun­cil that con­tin­u­ally de­grades neigh­bor­hoods? – Terry Mo­han, San Luis Obispo

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