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Brown Co. Residents Offer Mixed Reviews On Allowing Tiny Houses

Ten people gathered to talk about their views on tiny houses.

The Brown County Area Plan Commission is continuing to discuss whether the county should allow tiny houses within its boundaries.

Ten people spoke during a public a public input session last night. Only one was opposed to the development of tiny homes, while a few remained skeptical.

Resident John Kennard worries the development of tiny homes will hurt property values.

“I do not want someone in a school bus living next door to me or the equivalent of a school bus,” Kennard says. “I’m trying to get that house to value up so when I retire I can sell, take all my money and do something with it. And what we are fighting throughout the state is with this new tiny house venture they do drop property values.”

The session is a follow-up to past meetings where councilmembers held workshops looking into the logistics of tiny homes. Tiny houses are typically less than 400 square feet, but the current minimum square footage permitted in Brown County is 600 square feet.

Brendan Harris likes the idea of tiny houses and says the commission needs to establish standards that will make them more appealing.

“I think if we come up with the correct ordinances there’s a good amount of people that would move to Brown County,” Harris says.

The county says it receives two to three inquiries every month about whether it allows tiny homes.

The commission is scheduled to continue the discussion at its next meeting on Jan. 23.

The commission members also want to plan meetings at actual tiny homes, so they can meet with residents and better understand fully what it means to have a tiny home.

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