County approves conditional use permit for small home rentals
Posted 6:23 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2022
The Lafayette County Planning Commission voted Monday to approve a conditional use permit that will allow JHM-Tiny House Rentals LLC to build a modular home off County Road 217.
The permit was required because the property is located in an R-2 residential neighborhood, which is zoned for single-family residences and accessory construction. Modular homes are not permitted in R-2 districts of Lafayette County, but may be approved on a case-by-case basis through the use of a Conditional Use Permit.
Jimmy McGlawn, the owner of JHM-Tiny House Rentals, said he intended to use the structure as a rental property and added that he wanted to build more affordable housing throughout the community.
“According to a study by the Housing Insecurity Lab, the University of Mississippi and LOU-Home, ‘the need for affordable housing in Oxford is severe and has only increased over time,'” McGlawn wrote in her application. of permits. “The overall goal is to develop a model that can be replicated throughout the community.”
The commission granted McGlawn the permit for the single-family dwelling, but warned that residents may object to the construction of such additional homes.
“If you decided to make it a rental complex, you would get the idea that your neighbors would object to changing the character of the neighborhood,” Commissioner Ray Garrett said.
McGlawn assured the commissioners that the adjacent properties were owned by family members who would not oppose the project, and added that he was ready to work with other neighbors if they raised any objections down the line. .
The project will be submitted to the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors for final approval on September 19.