Albany, OR, February 25, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- An increasing number of Oregonians are looking at tiny houses as an affordable and sustainable alternative to traditional housing. In addition, entrepreneurs and businesses see economic opportunities with this trend. The mounting interest in tiny houses has caused many planning and elected officials to begin exploring solutions and next steps for their development.
Despite the promise tiny houses hold for Oregon, consumers, businesses, planners and developers are encountering major barriers in the state. This includes increasingly prohibitive building code changes and outdated zoning laws that prevent tiny houses from becoming a potential solution to Oregon’s affordable housing crisis.
The Oregon Tiny House Symposium will address these timely issues and more with experts and interactive panels on March 13, 2018 from 8am – 4:30pm at the Linn County Fairgrounds Expo Center in Albany, OR.
The symposium is designed to provide the most current information available to planning and elected officials as well as interested citizens, business owners and developers. The topics will include zoning in urban and rural communities, building code modifications, best practices for community development and case studies from Oregon and around the country.
The issues affecting tiny houses in Oregon have become a very hot topic in local communities. “We are seeing changes in building codes that add unnecessary costs and remove legal paths to safely constructing different types of tiny houses,” said Lori Slaughter, State Leader of the American Tiny House Association’s Oregon Chapter. “These changes have hurt Oregon companies by giving their out-of-state competitors the advantage of more supportive policy. In addition, the banking and insurance industries are unable to offer Tiny Home consumers products that are in high demand.”
Speakers scheduled at the Oregon Tiny House Symposium include:
· Sen. James Manning, Oregon District 7
· Representative Janelle Bynum, Oregon District 51
· Alison McIntosh, Deputy Director, Policy/Communications: Neighborhood Partnerships, Oregon Housing Alliance
· Michael Parkhurst, Affordable Housing Initiative Program Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust
· Stan VanderWerf, County Commissioner, Colorado
· Ed Sullivan, Law Faculty, Lewis & Clark College
In addition to speakers and interactive panels, the Symposium will include tiny houses on site for tours.
Advance tickets for the Oregon Tiny House Symposium are suggested and are now available. Tickets range from $60-$225 and can be purchased at bit.ly/OregonTinyHouse.
The Oregon Tiny House Symposium is a joint production of the American Tiny House Association, Oregon Chapter and The Chinook Institute for Public Leadership. The event is presented by Tiny Smart Home in Albany, OR and sponsored by 121 Tiny Homes in Bend, OR.