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Wheels come off Ojai tiny home ordinance: Council vote blocks proposed ordinance

Austin Widger, Ojai Valley News reporter
As the clock neared 11 p.m. at the Aug. 28 Ojai City Council meeting, the time ran out on a “movable tiny houses” ordinance that would have permitted them as an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in the city. 
A motion by Councilman William Weirick to adopt a modified ordinance with changes, including a requirement that all tiny homes be removed from their wheels when placed on a property, failed on a 3-2 vote. Mayor Johnny Johnston, Councilman Randy Haney and Councilman Paul Blatz all voted against the motion.
Opponents of tiny homes made their voices heard at the meeting. The biggest concern they voiced regarded the transient nature of the units, a concern that was shared by most of the Council, with the exception of Councilwoman Suza Francina.

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