Lehi considers tiny houses as population explodes

Lehi considers tiny houses as population explodes (Photo: Daniel Woodruff / KUTV)

(KUTV) As Utah's population grows and housing becomes more expensive, one city is considering an unconventional way to deal with it.

Lehi leaders have recently started discussing allowing tiny houses.

"We need more affordable housing in Lehi," said Mayor Bert Wilson. "We certainly are going to consider it."

Lehi resident Jamon Scott is a tiny house enthusiast. He and his wife are currently building one. The 240-square feet home should be finished next year.

It's a way of life that's appealing to Scott.

"Simple living," he said. "Just a way to be able to focus on life."

His house sits on wheels and can move around. Others, known as micro homes, can be part of established communities.

Wilson, the Lehi mayor, said one issue with tiny houses is their location. The city would have to change its zoning laws to allow them.

"All options are open right now," said Wilson.

Tiny houses certainly aren't for everyone. Scott knows that.

"It takes some adjustment," he said.

But he's excited to give it a try.

"I think it's a good thing," said Scott. "I think it's something that more and more communities are going to be adapting."

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