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Old 09-04-2016, 12:52 PM
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Been reading about the hub-bub in Costilla county; the war between off-gridders and the county.

This is bare land we are talking about.

That land is always for sale - cheap - but apparently you need a permit to pass gas.

Question: is there any land in Colorado that is nonrestricted?
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Old 09-05-2016, 01:12 PM
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Thank you, I'd like to know the same thing. Going back and forth between NV, CO, UT, and AZ to build a tiny home. Pima Co (Tucson area) in AZ actually made concessions for tiny home builders, to make it easier. Anywhere in CO at least make it possible to camp on your land, with RV?
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Old 09-05-2016, 06:47 PM
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The whole question is what are you going to do with it and how are you going to make it happen? Unrestricted, restricted, matters little.

The reason a lot of these counties are cracking down on such things is one, money and two, lots of people with ideas incompatible with the environment. Lots of people have big ideas to build these spaceship rainbow powered carbon negative houses complete with dope farm and a unicorn ranch on a brutal windswept arid area with all the amenities, soil and water supply that you find on planet Mars. 99.9% of these dumb projects never last and the county and locality is left with abandoned junk and trash everywhere that attracts theft, vandalism, vermin and it's an eyesore left behind.
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Old 09-05-2016, 09:08 PM
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I understand that, but for a family who wants to just build a small home and park their Rv, have a few chickens and mind their own business, it seems like it's hard to find a place that will go for that. Is there a county that would allow you to park your Rv while you build, as long as you had a well and septic? That's what we were looking for. And it definitely wouldn't have to be as far out as Coatilla County.
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Old 09-06-2016, 08:48 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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Many counties will allow RV living during construction, but to do so requires all applicable permits be in place and adherence to a timeline of events completing the construction must also be followed. You cannot park an RV and live in it for years while you cobble together a house. The expectation is that it will be done within a time frame that is consistent with the industry norm for completion of housing construction.

Tiny homes fall into this same category. They must be connected to sewer , gas or electric, and water in many counties to be considered a house.

Cheap land in the west is cheap for a reason. Typically, it is inhospitible to occupancy or the cost of doing so within the expected county infrastructure is cost prohibitive.
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Old 09-06-2016, 06:48 PM
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A post on middle of this page RV living on your own property says you can stay in a trailer for 12 months in Ravali County MT (south of Missoula) but this privilege appears associated with a legal building process.

90 days or $1400 in Tehama County CA (extreme northern CA) may be worth considering. http://www.krcrtv.com/news/new-ordin...ilers/11122416 Not sure if that $1400 is one time or annual?

This http://www.ruidoso-rvpark-campground...mpers-special/ is NM, only 6 months and an RV park but it is a legal option and a pretty low price.

There is some news about Walsenburg and other CO locations here http://cozine.com/2015-november/livi...home-movement/

I'd also google "rv deeded lots".

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