Hamilton County officially shuts down tiny home community for homeless

In this 2015 file photo, attendees examine the Little Digs tiny home and Ready Family display during the Tri-State Home Show at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
photo Rev. Barry Kidwell of Mustard Tree Ministries addresses the Hamilton County Commission on June 8, stating his intention to withdraw a request to build a "tiny home" community for the chronically homeless in rural Ooltewah. Local residents, seated nearby, await their turn to speak against the plan.

The Hamilton County Commission has denied a zoning request to build a community of "tiny homes" in rural Ooltewah, where the chronically homeless would live, work and raise food.

The proposal, which called for constructing a cluster of 300-square-foot homes on a 17-acre farm once used by Lighthouse United Methodist Church near Snow Hill and Mahan Gap roads, faced strong opposition from local residents and the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission voted 13-2 on May 9 to recommend the project be denied.