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By Jemille Williams

Tiny House Atlanta is sponsoring the metro area’s first Tiny House Festival July 30 and 31 on the square in downtown Decatur. Approximately 10 tiny houses will be available to tour, and experts on topics such as sustainability, minimalism, urban planning, zoning, and downsizing will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be more than 20 guest speakers, a tiny house furniture raffle and more.

While the Tiny House Festival will showcase living small, there’s big work being done to change zoning laws that will  allow tiny homes, which are prohibited Intown. Southface Energy Institute is working on a feasibility study co-sponsored by City Councilmembers Kwanza Hall and Carla Smith to identify community desires. They plan to coalesce these into actionable amendments to allow for smaller dwelling units than are permitted in today’s codes and zonings.

There is not as yet an online survey to gather the wants and desires of the community, but Will Johnston, Founder of Tiny House Atlanta, promises it will be in place in time for the festival. “We want as many people as possible to make their wants and desires known,” he said.

For tickets and information to the Decatur event, visit


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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