Ojai City Council sends tiny-home ordinance back for ‘refinement’

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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap
Tiny home supporters Zavier Cabarga (left) and Elaine Reasor show off signs Reasor made for the March 27 Ojai City Council meeting.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Tiny home advocates and detractors packed the Ojai City Council Chambers March 27 during a discussion of a draft ordinance that would classify tiny homes on wheels as a legal accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in the city of Ojai.
The Council ultimately voted 4-1 to send the draft ordinance to the Ojai Planning Commission for “review, refinement and public hearing,” in Councilman William Weirick's words.
Mayor Johnny Johnston cast the lone vote in opposition.
The public debate became heated at times, recalling previous community debates over tourism and short-term rentals.
Wendy Hilgers argued that the proposal had been “hastily written and pushed along at warp speed.”
The Council voted unanimously Jan. 24 to direct staff to draft an ordinance addressing tiny houses.

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