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Parkersburg City Council to vote on new small home overlay district on Tuesday

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Published: Jan. 13, 2020 at 5:47 PM EST
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Parkersburg City Council is slated to vote on establishing a small home overlay district on Tuesday night.

City Councilman John Reed says a tiny house can be built anywhere in the city at the moment, but this legislation would allow for “pocket neighborhoods” to be built. These pocket neighborhoods would be made up of multiple tiny houses on one plot of land. Reed didn’t know how many tiny houses would be allowed on one plot, but he says there is a limit.

The legislation would also limit how tiny houses are built in Parkersburg. The ordinance won’t allow any small homes to be built on wheels.

“A lot of people throughout the country try to avoid code enforcement that way… and they build it on a trailer so there’s no house or anything. In Parkesburg, you’ll have to build these tiny homes on a permanent foundation,” said Reed.

Reed says there hasn’t been a lot of interest in tiny house development, but the ordinance would help prepare the city if more interest arises.

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