Tiny home communities

SmartHub Community Centres

Our goal is to see at the heart of each Larger development/neighbourhood, a SmartHUB community centre which serves as a social gathering place for the community and more.

SmartHub Community Centres

The goal for our larger developments will be to provide a cooperatively owned and managed, sustainable, eco-responsible, state-of-the-art tiny home community hub. When connected to the host city’s public transit system through the community-provided electric bus, Tiny Towns will strive to embrace a net-zero living lifestyle.

Each home would be designed to be eco-responsible, using the resources required to operate in the most efficient way. Similarly, each development would be designed to provide renewable resources to operate the community, as well as produce food for the community’s consumption.

The developments could become part of a nationwide Tiny Town Cooperative, enabling homeowners and renters to move within the network when relocating is required.

Cooperatively owned and operated Tiny Towns are expected to remain affordable for generations to come.

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Pros

  • Tiny homeowners can become part of a vibrant, sustainable, eco-responsible community as cooperative members.

  • Cooperative Tiny Towns are planned to remain affordable for generations to come.

  • Large acreage Tiny Towns can be expanded to accommodate the demand for more affordable and supportive housing, using our modular community design.

  • Tiny Towns have been designed to develop community amongst residents. The community model brings together all manner of residents, working cooperatively for the good of the community.

  • While the setup costs are capital intensive, we have developed a royalty plan to repay the investment over time.

Cons

  • The fastest way to develop a Tiny Town community is through a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO)

  • The initial cost to set up each community is capital intensive, requiring a long repayment plan.

  • NIMBYism could delay or kill tiny home communities without an MZO to enable its immediate development.

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SmartHUB Community Centre Features:

  • a solar roof to generate enough power for the community centre and homes,
  • a commercial kitchen and dining area where (monthly) community meals can be prepared and shared,
  • an outdoor patio for summer meals and gatherings,
  • an indoor lounge, TV room, and meeting area,
  • a gym with stationary equipment and a yoga studio,
  • shared office, coworking and counselling space, for professionals including counsellors, doctors, and dentists that travel the tiny home community network providing their services,

On the lower level we envision shipping-containerized equipment including:

  • 4 gardening containers that will grow more produce and tender fruits year-round, than the 4-acres the community is built on,
  • 1 waste management container, with renewable natural gas processing,
  • 1 water collection, processing, and filtration container for the community,
  • 1 cold cellar storage facility for year-round storage of community grown produce,
  • 1 smart-grid utility equipment container that stores and distributes power throughout the community
  • We have budgeted for one electric bus and charging station for each town, which we plan to provide to the host city, allowing the community to connect to public transit to further support our green living initiative.
    A transit component is built into the monthly cooperative fees to offset transit operational costs.

  • Each town includes over 10% green space (10-acres) that will be planted with weather-zone hardy fruit bushes and trees, as well as outdoor summer vegetables for the community.

There is an epidemic of loneliness in Western culture, due in part from the isolation stemming from living in environments that emphasize privacy and independence over connection. Pocket neighbourhoods offer an antidote for people wanting to live in a place where relations among neighbors take place easily in the course of daily life.

Ross Chapin

Architect, RossChapin.com

We're excited to partner with local builders, developers, municipalities and the Province to create a pilot pocket community or neighbourhood in our region within the next two years.

These micro-layout neighbourhoods will be a game-changer for both urban and suburban areas looking to minimize a development footprint, maximize community spirit and see all those in need find deeper affordable housing.

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