Hastings Highlands shown on the map below in pink, just passed a new by-law that will allow you to build a minimum of 348 sq. ft. on marginal agricultural land.
Back to Hastings Highland, they will let you build on a slab or piers if you do not want a basement; however, not having a basement at Tiny House Ontario is a huge regret for me. I would love to have the off season storage, and a cooler room in the hot weather would have been really great too.
The anonymous person who gave this news, wrote to say that Frank Mills, the building inspector (not the pianist) was behind the push to pass the by-law. Apparently, in a refreshing twist, he is very helpful when dealing with the building code.
Sounds to me like they have a forward thinking person on staff and not just another moron who blindly follows arbitrary rules set by people 50-100 years ago! Hats tipped to Frank Mills! Can we clone you sir?
This municipality is roughly one hour drive North of Belleville. One and a half hours South West of Renfrew, and one and a half hours North East of Peterborough. It is adjacent and South East of Algonquin Park.
This is exciting! I’m in the Peterborough area, not too far from HH and have been dreaming of having a small or tiny home for ages! Sounds like Ontario is slowly getting on board with the idea! 😀
For the life of me I cannot understand why the building code (or municipalities) sets a minimum size for buildings. I have a cottage lot that I would love to build a small building on but with a budget of basically ‘zero’ I can’t.
I would not ask for any safety or structural exemptions…just minimum size. I might be able to build 200 sq. ft. now and might be able to add to that in a few years when I retire.
So why can’t I do this on my own land???
Haliburton Highlands has just put out a land use study that says they need more affordable housing…um, how about allowing smaller homes that otherwise comply with the Building Code?