City Council Discusses Tiny Homes for Veterans

[VIDEO] The proposed project to build a tiny homes village for veterans on North 13th Street in Shelton was the topic of a three-hour Shelton City Council study session Tuesday night.

During the first 45 minutes, the Council heard from the concerned citizens who think a better location should be found and from supporters who explained this village would be a clean and sober community. Of the 30 or so people in attendance, 14 spoke.

The Council then discussed possible changes to city code that would be required for the project to be built.

The last hour of the meeting was spent discussing aspects of a lease between the City which owns the property and Panza, the organization hoping to establish the tiny homes village.

This discussion included who would be allowed to live in the village (homeless veterans with a priority on those from Mason County), who would NOT be allowed (those with felony convictions, sex offenders, etc.) and the term of the lease (30 years).

City staff is expected to have some of the code changes ready for council review in the next few weeks and another study session will likely be held on February 12th. In the meantime, Council members will be scheduling a tour of the property and want the new City Manager – who starts next week – to review the project.

During the meeting four council members said they support the project at this time, two were undecided, and one appeared to be against it.

There is a $3 Million state appropriation to build this tiny homes village for veterans in Shelton. It is modeled after Quixote Village in Olympia and similar to Soldiers Village being constructed in Orting.