Aiken County Council set to vote on tiny homes

It's minimalist living and it's right here in Aiken County.

AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – Well, it’s the “tiniest” craze to have been on the Aiken County Council agenda and on Tuesday night officials are set to decide the permanent fate of tiny homes.

It’s minimalist living and it’s right here in Aiken County.

Jim Rhodes, of the Equine Rescue of Aiken, says before a tiny home went up across from the rescue on Glenwood Drive, the property was just a run down eyesore.

“We had a piece of property that was not being used. No one was living on it, but it was just a torn down ragged mobile home that was not being lived in.” Rhodes told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

Rhodes says his new neighbors are big advocates of minimizing their ecological footprint, but their efforts to save the environment have not come easy.

“There was a problem that they couldn’t get permanent power hooked up,” Rhodes said. “That there was no ordinance for the power company to hook up permanent power to a tiny home.”

Rhodes says the state considers tiny homes RVs or campers, which doesn’t allow permanent electricity to the mobile homes. That’s a problem the Aiken County Council is addressing through the new ordinance.

Rhodes says he hopes the county makes the right decision because tiny homes are an asset to Aiken County and an amenity he hopes to use as well, “because we do a Veterans program out here, with the Saratoga WarHorse, and I would like to have maybe 2 or 3.” He said.

The Aiken County Council is set to meet at 7 p.m.

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 

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