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Tiny home summit aiming for June 25 showcase in Rideau Lakes Township

Rideau Lakes Township will host a tiny home and additional residential unit workshop in June where people can learn what it takes to add one of these units to their home or property, and any funding opportunities that are available. – Unsplash

June 25 – save the date.

Plans are moving along for a one-day Additional Residential Unit (ARU)/Tiny Home summit that is slated for June 25 at the North Crosby Hall.

Members of the planning and advisory committee for the Township of Rideau Lakes heard more details of the event on Wednesday, March 13, during a regular meeting from Kayla Porter, development services analyst.

Tentatively, she noted in her report, speakers include township staff to speak about zoning rules for tiny homes and ARUs, Building Code considerations for multiple dwelling units; and CIP programs for affordable housing. United Counties of Leeds and Grenville will speak to secondary unit programs and funding.

Ed Petersen from the Tiny Town Association will share information about standards development and design/build assistance, to expand the affordable housing options available across Canada. According to the group’s website, their mission is to positively impact people’s lives by offering beautiful, permanently affordable and environmentally sustainable micro-housing, developed through wellness and community-centric living spaces.

Committee chair Joan Delaney said she was excited about the summit.

“I think we’ve waited for quite a while for this workshop to happen,” she said. “You’ve got it well planned out.”

Mayor Arie Hoogenboom offered some words of advice.

“There are a few municipalities in Leeds and Grenville that have done this kind of a summit,” he said. “So, you might touch base with them,” in terms of speakers and what worked best. “It might help to shore up the agenda,” he added. “Food for thought.”

Staff are also looking at private sector contributors to showcase developments, experiences and best practices.

Porter recommended the North Crosby Hall as their venue of choice due to its availability and large parking area and grounds to host the event.

They would like to open registration in May with a fee of $20 to secure one of the 40 spaces available. A catered lunch is on the menu for $15 per person.

“Staff also feel that the registration fee should be enough to hold attendees accountable for the spot they have secured to prevent no-shows on the day, limiting the possibility for others to attend in their absence,” Porter noted.
There is $5,000 in the budget to offset the costs of the event.

The hall is located at 875 8th Concession Rd. North Crosby, just outside Westport.

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