​I wanted to send a thank you out to Martin Skolnick at Cushman & Wakefield in Kingston, ON for sharing the idea of commercial property owners renting out space to tiny homeowners until the site is scheduled for development. This is a real win-win idea because developers can get an income from undeveloped land that could off-set property taxes, as well as having the tiny homeowners on the property, thereby helping maintain the grounds and prevent vandalism.

This could potentially provide rental space for many tiny homeowners in desirable locations in a city. Where the developer didn’t want to provide any services, the tiny homes would need to be able to operate totally off-grid, but we see this as a small price to pay for in-city locations. As some development sites can be vacant for years while going through the design, planning, permit, and other processes using them as temporary Pocket Communities for tiny homes make sense.

We feel that through an application and annual permit process, the city would be able to manage and control the Pocket Community to ensure that the tiny homeowners appreciate that living tiny in the city is a privilege, not a right. The responsibility to integrate into the community where tiny homes park, lies with the tiny homeowners.

While we have thought that the best way to build and operate Pocket Communities was using a coop model, where a cooperative would own the land and rent it out to tiny homeowners/members, we can’t ignore the creative sensibility of this idea. Using undeveloped commercial, light industrial or other investment type lands to quickly get more spaces, in key locations, available for tiny homeowners is just brilliant.