Proposed Cape Coral land use code changes would allow tiny homes, guest houses

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Cape Coral is one step closer to approving a new land use code Wednesday.

This means there could be a change in landscape in the Cape.

The proposed land use/development code includes several new concepts including what the city calls ‘micro cottages’ or ‘tiny home’ developments, guest houses, and additional regulation for food trucks.

Currently the city requires single-family homes are at least 1,100 square feet with a garage, but with the proposed code homes could be as small as 600 square feet and won’t require a garage.

The homes couldn’t be built just anywhere, but must be in designated areas that have yet to be decided. The homes would also need to be on foundations and not on wheels.

Land code changes do take time and it could be a while before you see any tiny homes in Cape Coral.

The city’s planning and zoning commission talked about changes to make these homes possible on Wednesday. They hope to have recommendations to City Council by the end of 2018.

Clarification: The proposed land use changes have not been approved, but does have the green light to move on to the next steps in the process.

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