Following up with the latest news on my May 13 post, the Brainerd city council has given the green light to 500 square foot homes on lots that would otherwise be unbuildable under current zoning regulations. The original plan recommended by the planning commission called for houses as small as 400 square feet. Bumping the limit up to 500 square feet now gives Brainerd the same minimum house size as Minneapolis, where houses can be as small as 500 square feet and 350-square-foot efficiency apartments are legal.
According to the article: “Tiny home builders would also have to secure a special permit from the city.” Does this mean that average-sized contractors – probably 5’10” or so – can operate as-of-right? Isn’t that discriminatory?