It wasn’t until I saw the Moscow-Pullman Daily News article about tiny homes in Moscow that I realized the members of Moscow’s city council have stopped racing to be declared the most silly.
 
For a while it seemed like each time a member of the city council did something ultraliberal, a different member would say “hold my pipe, dude!” Then that member would try to outdo the previous member. Moscow had been well on its way to being Little Seattle.
 
I seem to remember when Moscow’s city council was as loony as Seattle’s, but a handful of years ago new members were elected. It was at that point that they stopped playing “puff, puff, pass” and ceased their race to insanity.
 
For the most part, Moscow is now just doing its thing and letting people be.
 
Moscow had a great plan for the new police station. It presented it to the people and the residents went for it. Great work, Moscow!
 
Now the city is looking at being less restrictive on tiny houses. My first apartment was a modest two-bedroom, one-bath apartment.
 
It had a living room and a kitchen with a small dining area. The total size was approximately 800 square feet. 
 
The tiny homes would be approximately 400 square feet. That is a 20-foot by 20-foot dwelling. It is about the size of a two-car garage. Many single-wide mobile homes are larger than 400 square feet.
 
Moscow, if it adopts the ordinance, will allow residents who own property to be more free. It is a great day when the government reduces regulations and allows people the liberty to use their private property.
 
But how will this work?
 
Will there be zoning regulations that will be included in this change? Will tiny houses only be allowed in areas that are newly zoned?
 
Will Moscow allow them to be built on any residential lot? If this happens, would a tiny home be allowed to be built next to large homes? Will this cause problems with home values of neighboring houses?
 
I do understand both sides. As a property owner I want to reasonably be able to use my property how I want. But I also understand as a neighboring property owner, I don’t want the value of my home negatively impacted.
 
Should the government include these regulations? No. I don’t think that is necessarily the best option.
 
Homeowner associations exist for this very reason. It is an agreement between the homeowners and it leaves the government on the sidelines.
 
The homeowners association allows those who own property within the association to have a voice and a vote.
 
If certain homeowner associations would prefer to establish rules about home sizes then those who want to build a tiny home would have to find some other location.
 
That is how it should work. The local group of homeowners should have the final say, not the local government.
 
I also understand the need for certain zoning restrictions. I wouldn’t hold it against Moscow to start by limiting the areas where tiny homes can be built.
 
There are potential problems that could be created that might be better ironed out away from establish neighborhoods.
 
I wonder if tiny homes are here to stay. From what I have read about the newest generation, possessions, status symbols, and other such desires of older generations are no longer valued. 
 
They would rather have fewer possessions, smaller houses, and smaller footprints left on the Earth.
 
Is this an answer to the ever increasing price of homes that makes it hard for young people to purchase a house or is this a sign of the times?
 
Scotty Anderson is a computer programmer who enjoys serving the community through various community-oriented service jobs.

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