Big Valley might be getting a bit smaller. The village plans to build a sub-division of tiny homes next spring, after Council passed a by-law allowing for the small homes and lots.
"We're defining tiny homes as anything between 300 and 650 square feet. We have three different sizes of lots. They go from 30 feet by 80 feet to 45 feet by 80 feet, so they're still a pretty good-sized lot," explained Big Valley CAO Michelle White.
White said the lots are comparable to what someone might find in a big city. But, by building a tiny home, residents will still be able to have their own outdoor space.
So far, White said there's been a lot of interest from people in Canada and the U.S. who are looking to downsize their existing homes.
"Right now, we have the winter to pre-sell the lots before breaking ground in the spring and putting in all the infrastructure like water, sewer, roads, power."
Pre-selling is important because the infrastructure could cost up to $1 million.
"We're the first municipality in Alberta to pass any by-law that allows for tiny homes, for people to buy the land and develop the home," explained White. However, White reassured would-be homeowners that there are quite a few small home builders in Central Alberta who can make a tiny home dream a reality.