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August 27, 2018

Canada’s first tiny home village in Okotoks facing NIMBY opposition


If approved, Kinsman Park in Okotoks would be the site for the first tiny home village in Canada.

The 32 new tiny homes provide all the amenities of a regular house but with a footprint of less than 600 square feet.

The proposed development would provide affordable housing, long-term and vacation rentals as well as a community building for residents.

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Thomas Grenier owns Vagabond Tiny Homes and said the small house movement provides a different perspective on home ownership.

“What that really gives you is the opportunity to live environmentally sustainable,” said Grenier.

Not everyone is on board.

Almost 200 people have signed a petition against the project. The major issue is the location, said Dawn Smith with the town of Okotoks.

“It’s already a park and you don’t want to lose park space but at this point in time, that’s the only part of land we had,” said Smith. “But we’re hearing loud and clear from citizens that they don’t like the location.”

Smith said the town was anticipating the pushback.

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