Re-Zoning Property in Cochise County

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Updated March 17, 2020

You may have heard that we found the perfect property for setting down roots and creating our own little off-grid homestead!

But there’s a problem. Turns out the property we fell in love with isn't zoned RU-4.

What the heck is RU-4?

RU-4 is a magical designation in Cochise county that will guarantee that our land will never be divided into anything less than 4 acres AND it allows us to opt-out of some building permits and inspections. It will also let us build in unconventional ways like straw bale and earthbag housing.

Where we're at now

Instead of giving up, we researched and found out that it’s possible to attempt to re-zone it.

Last month we had a meeting with Planning & Zoning where we officially dropped off our application. It cost $500 + $15/acre. We spent time there asking lots of questions and making sure we filled out everything correctly.

We also got a good tip on a way we might be able to "abandon" the non-existent road that runs right through the middle of the two parcels.

But that's a story for another day!

The Next Step

Our big meeting is set for the second week in March and we are counting down the days. In this meeting we’ll plead our case as to why we want this property to be re-zoned. They will drill us on questions and give us a hard time (we’ve been told), but we’re fighting for this land. We want it to be ours.

In the meantime, we’re planning all the things and trying to decide what to do first. Solar? Water? Storage Shed to keep our tools? Fencing to keep out the free range cattle? So many options, we’re just ready to begin!

What would you do first on undeveloped property? Let us know in the comments.


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Ashley Longnecker

About the Author

Ashley Longnecker is the fiercely independent tattooed and dreaded half of Tiny Shiny Home. She's a woodworker, photographer and maker of delicious baked goods. She loathes schedules and makes every day an adventure.

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Posted February 18, 2020

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