The city of Clarkston unanimously voted to approve a first of its kind tiny home development earlier in May. The project, known as “The Cottages on Vaughan” is situated on a half-acre lot centrally located one block from downtown Clarkston, and will include eight tiny homes on permanent foundations, ranging from 250 to 492 square feet.

“We are proud to partner with the MicroLife Institute on this innovative new approach to housing,” said city of Clarkston Mayor, Ted Terry. “We recognize that the past 50 years of urban sprawl has segregated communities, contributed to global warming, and exacerbated housing inequality. By experimenting and innovating with new development ordinances, we are able to allow a greater range of housing options.”

Clarkston currently has a high percentage of rental properties, with primarily 1970s era apartment complexes accounting for more than 80% of the city’s existing housing stock.

“The approval of this project represents a move towards achieving one of the top prioritized in our 2040 comprehensive plan –– increasing stability in our housing market by providing more home ownership opportunities,” council member Jamie Carroll said. “I hope that other cities will look at our tiny home ordinance and this development and see that it is possible to create a housing landscape that allows for home ownership to come in all shapes and sizes.”

The developer, The MicroLife Institute, is an Atlanta-based nonprofit working to create micro-communities.

“This project will be a proof on concept for us,” MicroLife Institute co-founder Kim Bucciero said. “There is a lot of interest and movement towards tiny homes and cottage homes, but many developers are hesitant to enter the market. Our hope is that this project will encourage other municipalities and private developers to experiment with new, innovate development paradigms and learn from this great case study.”

The development comes nearly 14 months after the passage of the city’s tiny-home ordinance.