This is the very first proposal read to the administration, read by Jamie at the meeting on Wednesday, July 7th 2016. Reactions were good, and the Administration agreed to a follow up meeting with a more in-depth proposal and supporting documentation.
A coalition of students, faculty, and community members have worked together to create a reasonable plan for the Camper Park’s transition that meets both the university’s and students’ needs while maintaining the culture and autonomy of the Camper Park. This plan solves the issues of liability concerns, student access, and financial costs currently faced by the Camper Park.
In 2011, the Domes Cooperative at UC Davis faced a similar situation with administration as we face now. They were able to work with the university in a symbiotic fashion to reach an end goal that was beneficial to all parties involved.
Following in their path, we have came up with a similar plan which addresses the concerns of health and safety, ADA requirements, accessibility, and liability with significantly lower costs to the university. Our plan will also address the students concerns of community continuity, affordability, sustainability, and autonomy.
We are proposing the idea of having a third party non-profit lease the land from the university, taking on the role of property manager. From this point we plan to remove the trailers and replace them with tiny homes, which are sustainable as well as up to health and safety code. This plan would also allow for cross-curricular collaborations with ENVS/SEED students who are currently working on tiny homes, as well as working with other faculty that are dedicated to creating sustainable communities.
In working with multiple lawyers, architects, non-profit organizations, faculty members, community members and students we believe this plan is not only reasonable but is in everyone’s best interest.
Acessibility: There will be more tiny houses that can fit on the land and each house will be able to fit more students per house.
A new application process: an interested tenant attends a communal event and or simply visits the community and expresses interest. They can then be directed to the board of directors who will give them an application.
Health and Safety(ADA Requirements): The trailers would be removed and new structures approved by architects from campus will meet the most up to date health and safety codes.
Because they aren’t trailers and they are houses, they will all be on the ground and wheel chair and disability accessible. Plan to work with the DRC to ensure all needs are met.
Liability: The university no longer faces any liability for the land, health, safety, or discrimination. It is now the responsibility of the students and third party to meet these requirements.
Cost/Affordability: There will be no down payments on the houses.
We intend to keep it a low income community. The domes managed to keep their rent at $390.
The prices for constructing the tiny homes range from $300-$700 each.
We propose to keep the existing sewer line hook ups and add another bath room and shower to the community area.
Community Continuity: Year round housing that is available for students as long as they are enrolled and wish to continue living there.
Board of Directors maintain and manage the day to day operations of the park.
Sustainability: Each house will be solar powered. Working with various faculty to upgrade sustainable living. For example, composting on site, more garden spaces, and direct responsibility for the land by students.
Autonomy: Students will play a part in designing the tiny houses and with ownership can continue to cultivate creativity in a multitude of ways from painting the homes to art installations. The traditions that have evolved will continue to be passed down.
The Tiny House Community Board of Directors and community-approved Residential Advisors will be responsible for providing the same student and community services to provide the same standards of a healthy, safe, and academic living environment as other university housing spaces. The Tiny House Community will have it’s own university-approved housing policies and will be liable to maintain a living standard that works with the university as many other student cooperatives like the Davis Domes do.
Ovearll, if we chose to do this together, the university would no longer be liable, they would not have to spend the few million on renovations, and they would actually make money on the leased land.