THIA member Bethany Blackburn, Davis Tiny Homes co-founder, attended the Great Barrington town meeting on Sept 15, 2020 and she gave THIA a report on the newly approved movable tiny house zoning:
Tiny House History In The Making!
"Wow! Oh wow! I was so thrilled to have witnessed “history in the making” at last night’s 2020 Special Town Meeting in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The Town approved Article 16 of the warrant, amending the definitions of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), updating the definition of an ADU. An ADU many now “be a Moveable Tiny Home”1! Wow!
I drove 180 miles from Falmouth, Mass, to Great Barrington, Mass, and back, in order to listen and learn. My fiancé and I are co-owners of B & G Davis Tiny Homes, a tiny house on wheels building business in Falmouth, and are eager to change the by-laws in our area, to allow zoning for moveable tiny homes. We are proponents of sustainable living and affordable housing and know that amending outdated zoning laws will lead to a better quality of life for many underserved citizens.
Glenn and I are members of the Tiny Home Association Industry (THIA). Many thanks to Janet Thome, the Industry Liaison and Media Coordinator for THIA for sharing the information about the Special Town Meeting held in the beautiful town of Great Barrington."
-Bethany Blackburn, Davis Tiny Homes based in East Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Statement From THIA President Dan Fitzpatrick:
"Number two in the state! Shout out to American Tiny House Association former Regional Director, Katie Jackson, for being the front runner of this effort and Jonathan Hankin of the Great Barrington Planning Board for his tireless efforts in bringing new models of affordable housing to The Berkshires! Consultation with Dan Fitzpatrick of Tiny House Industry Association and American Tiny House Association was critical in creating the language for this win. Congratulations, everyone!"
Photo Credit: Davis Tiny Homes