Okotoks Micro Home Community & Eco-Village
Sagebrush Social Praxis, Vagabond Tiny Homes, and the Town of Okotoks have partnered with each other to build a micro home Eco-Village. The project is still in the early planning stage, and there will be many opportunities for public consultation and input.
Sagebrush Social Praxis is also establishing a First Nations Traditional Knowledge Keepers consultation process to help assist and guide us in ensuring the community embodies and upholds respectful, reciprocal Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationships.
The community will consist of 32-35 micro home units, ranging in size for 380 sq. ft. to 600 sq. ft. (all with large decks) and will be a mixed-market model. Approximately 55% of the homes will be affordable-rate rentals, 30% will be market-rate rentals, and the remaining 15% will be VRBO, or short-term vacation rental units. The entire community will be wheelchair-accessible with 15% of the micro homes being designed specifically with wheelchair-accessibility in mind. A core aspect of the community is a large central building, which will include: an industrial sized kitchen and dining room for hosting events larger than the micro homes can handle; private storage lockers for each home; rentable office/working spaces; functional meeting room(s); an outdoor gathering space for markets, concerts, etc.; and more! Input on what the community building should include will be one of the topics available for public input.
Additionally, the community will feature privacy landscaping, a commercial greenhouse (which will be professionally run, supplying fresh produce for the micro home residents and the Okotoks Food Bank), private garden plots, and a children’s play area. A primary focus of the community is green energy technology.
It is our hope that this Micro Home Eco Village may serve as a positive example of what housing models in Canada can look like. We are aiming to create a model that can be replicated in other municipalities across the country. As mentioned before, the community is still in its early planning stages. We are looking forward to engaging with the public and creating a community that Okotoks is proud of!
Town of Okotoks Micro Home Eco-Village Information Page
The Town of Okotoks has compiled a comprehensive and detailed information page about the project on their website, including an extensive Frequently Asked Questions section:
Click the link above to check it out!
If you have any other questions about the project, please email us!